A review of Retro Pop Box 1970’s

I received a Retro Pop Box 1970’s for the month of April in the mail yesterday. This is the first box I’ve received from them. Although I’m new to Retro Pop Box, I’m very familiar with their business model. Customers pay a monthly subscription fee and the company ships a goodie box every month containing things relevant to a specific theme. In the case of Retro Pop Box, it’s pop culture items influenced by a specific decade. My Retro Pop Box is dedicated to the 1970’s.

As a child of the 70’s, I know only too well not everything was so great in the 1970’s. Sometimes people as old as me will lament on how things were so much better when they were a kid. I am not one of those people. In most ways, the 1970’s sucked. WW Vietnam was still raging on. In the third grade, I remember having to write Richard Nixon a fan letter. Gasoline was rationed and you could only buy it on odd or even days. Iranians stormed the U.S. embassy and took hostages. Fonzie jumped a shark. Polyester was king.

Even though the 1970’s isn’t my favorite decade, I really loved everything that I found inside my Retro Pop Box.

Contents of my Retro Pop Box 1970’s for April 2016

T-Shirt

The main item is a t-shirt. It’s tan and brown and based on Star Wars. It features a custom van with Princess Leia posing with her father’s large helmeted head painted on the side. Chewbacca is sitting in the passenger seat wearing a tank-top. Han is leaning against the van wearing sneakers. I’m not really sure that’s cannon. Han wearing sneakers, but it’s awesome.

The t-shirt is nice. Unlike the t-shirts I’ve received from Loot Crate or the Marvel Collector Corps, this t-shirt is long. I haven’t washed it yet, but it’s a cotton poly blend (90/10), so it shouldn’t shrink.

Socks

It came with socks decorated with large boom boxes. Unlike the socks I’ve pulled out of Loot Crate boxes, these socks are actually large enough and stretchy enough to wear on my ginormous feet.

Magic Rocks

I forgot all about these until seeing them again. You sprinkle them in water and they eventually grow into rainbow colored crystals. Not only are they pretty to look at, after the crystals come to full maturation, drinking the water will make you gay. At least that’s what I once heard in Lancaster First Assembly of God Sunday School.

Tab Cola Lapel Pin

Of all the items in the box, this is actually my favorite. Tab was a sugar-free cola produced by Coke that was marketed towards women. In the 70’s only woman were concerned with consuming too much sugar because of what it did to their figures. This was before they invented type 2 diabetes for men. The artificial sweetener in Tab not only caused cancer in rats, it tasted like rat cancer.  I can’t stress enough how bad Tab tasted. Compared to Tab, Diet Coke tastes like the nectar of the gods.

Zotz Candy

Rounding out the contents of the box were two pieces of Zotz hard candy. I have no recollection of this this candy. According to the wrapper, the center fizzes in your mouth. I remember Pop Rocks, but not Zotz.

My Conclusion

Unlike Loot Crate or Marvel Collector Corps, I recommend giving Retro Pop Box a try. All good stuff and no filler. Loot Crate will include at most 1.2 things worth having. The rest of the box will have stuff you’d expect to find in the clearance bin at Toys R Us. Marvel Collector Corps will charge your credit card twice and then not send you anything. If you like pop culture stuff from a specific decade, than give Retro Pop Box a try. Not only do they have boxes for the ’70s and ’80s, they will soon be rolling out a box for the ’90s. Let’s just hope it doesn’t include anything related to Monica’s blue dress.

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I hate Marvel Collector Corps

I heard back from Marvel Collector Corps “support” concerning my complaint that they changed my credit card twice for the June Ant-Man box, yet never got around to sending it to me.

Here’s their response:

Hi Rick,

Ticket: https://collectorcorps.freshdesk.com/helpdesk/tickets/20550

We apologize for this issue. We do not own our payment portals, and when we looked into your issue with our credit card portal, they were able to identify an issue on their end that initiated the double charge. We have refunded both of your payments and confirmed that your subscription is cancelled per your request.

Thank you,
Marvel Collector Corps Support
Collector Corps powered by Freshdesk 20550

We do not own our payment portals? I don’t know what this means, and I work for a credit card portal.

Does this mean they’re using another businesses’ credit card processing account, one not connected to Marvel Collector Corps? Credit card companies have rules that all merchants processing cards must adhere to. One of those rules, and it’s a major one, is that a business cannot process credit card payments for another business.

They can place the blame at the feet of their unnamed credit card portal, but the reality is that their credit card portal processes credit cards at their behest. I provided my credit card information to Marvel Collectors Corp, not some mystery credit card portal. Before transactions are submitted final settlement, the merchant, in this case, Marvel Collector Corps, has the ability to review all the transactions in the batch. They chose not to do this. If they had, they would have seen that I was being charged $31.95, just like I had the day before.

They never caught the error. They still wouldn’t know about it if I hadn’t complained about it.

Contrary to what was stated in this email, they did not refund both payments. I filed a chargeback against the duplicate charge and my credit card company almost immediately ruled in my favor. They made me whole on the duplicate transaction, not Marvel Collector Corps. They did refund my original $31.95. Then again, since they failed to actually ship the June box, what choice did they have?

I’m so irritated over this whole fiasco, that a part of me doesn’t even want to see the upcoming Ant-Man movie. I also feel like taking everything from the first Marvel Collector Corps box, the only one I ever received, and throwing it all into a bucket of AIDS.

Since I don’t currently have access to a bucket of AIDS, I guess I’ll hold off on that. I could always do the next best thing to throwing into a bucket of AIDS: I could sell it on eBay.

Marvel Collector Corps charges your credit card when they feel like it

Marvel Collector Corps, the Loot Crate copycat run by Funko, maker of licensed pop culture collectibles, has a lot of problems. I joined their program last April and my first box was shipped to me later that same month. On June 11, I received an email telling me the June box, themed after the upcoming Ant-Man movie, was processing. Then, last week, I began seeing online that people were receiving their June boxes. I still hadn’t received an email saying my box was shipped. I decided to check my credit card statement online to make sure that my card had been charged on June 1st.

According to their website, Marvel Collector Corps charges your credit card on the first business day of the month for that month’s box:

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This is pretty clear. They will only charge your card on the first business day of the month.

When I looked at my credit card statement online, I discovered that they hadn’t charged my card on June 1st. They charged it on June 11. Then, for some inexplicable reason, they charged it again on June 12.

I was charged twice for a box they never sent me.

I don’t know what’s going on with Marvel Collector Corps. I canceled my subscription this past weekend. Now I have to file two chargeback disputes with my credit card company for the two bogus purchases they charged my card. If they were going to send me a box in June, they were authorized to charge my card once on June 1, the first business day of the month.

I asked them why they charged my card on June 11 and June 12, but they’ve been too busy to get back to me.

Take my advice and stay away from Marvel Collector Corps, at least until they fire the people running it now and replace them with people more competent, people more like the folks running things over at Loot Crate. These are the last people in the world you want to have access to your credit card. Also, I highly recommend you follow Collector Corps Fail on Twitter.  Lots of good info there. They’ve been officially blocked by Marvel Collector Corps on Twitter, so you know they’re doing something right.

Thinking of joining Marvel Collector Corps? Don’t do it

Marvel Collector Corp, a bi-monthly subscription based collector’s box service started up last April. It’s like Loot Crate, but it features only stuff associated with Marvel Comics and it’s run by Funko, the maker of licenced pop culture collectables. It also costs more than Loot Crate. Marvel Collector Corp ships every other month and costs $25 per box, compared to Loot Crate’s monthly box that costs less than $14 per box.

The price isn’t the only thing different between Loot Crate and Marvel Collector Corps. Loot Crate actually sends their subscribers their box in a timely manner. Marvel Collector Corps? Not so much.

Although loads of other Marvel Collector Corp members have received their June box, I have not. In fact, my box hasn’t even been sent yet. How do I know this? Because I haven’t gotten an email with a tracking number like I did back in April. I did get an email on June 11 saying my order was being processed, but no follow-up email with a tracking number. Also, because I tweeted both Marvel Collector Corps and Funko one week ago, and this was the response I got:

So my order began to be processed on June 11 and on June 21, it was still being processed, whatever that means.

I then noticed online that people began getting their boxes last week. This would seem to me that when the rep from @CollectorCorps tweeted that they hadn’t shipped yet, this was less than truthful. Since they ship boxes using UPS Ground, which has a 5-day ship time, some of the boxes must have been shipped when the tweet from @CollectorCorps was posted.

Yesterday, I decided to check my credit card statement online to see when Marvel Collector Corps actually charged my card. What I discovered surprised me. I was charged for the June box on June 11 and then again on June 12. I was charged twice for the same box. A box they still haven’t shipped.

I wrote them an email telling them I wanted to cancel my subscription. I had already done it online, but I figured it would benefit me to really make sure my subscription was indeed canceled. This is the response I got:

Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2015 23:11:56 +0000
From: Collector Corps
To: rick@bentcorner.com
Subject: Ticket Received – Cancel my membership

Dear Rick Rottman,

Thanks for contacting support@collectorcorps.com! We are excited to speak with you. Due to a high volume of customer tickets that we are currently receiving, there may be delays in response times. Rest assured we are working diligently to get to each and everyone [sic] of your questions and concerns.

Your Ticket Number is 20550 – if you have additional questions, please reply to this email instead of opening an additional ticket. This will ensure we can most efficiently help you.

Thank you for your time, patience and subscription.

Regards,

Marvel Collector Corps Support

I tell them I want to cancel because they charged me twice and didn’t send my box, and they respond by saying they’re “excited” to speak to me.

Take my advice and don’t subscribe to Marvel Collector Corps. At least not yet. They obviously don’t know what they’re doing. They need to get the bugs out.

You’d think they would just copy Loot Crate.

If you find yourself really wanting something that’s inside one of their boxes, you’d be better off buying it on eBay or someplace else. Considering how much of what they’re sending out is poorly packed and is arriving damaged, you’d be better off going this route if you like your collectables in collectable condition and not broken or damaged.