Subscription boxes are all the rage nowadays, bringing themed mystery goodies to your door every month. Snacks, teas, pet stuff, beauty products, gamer gear -- there's a box for just about everyone.
And, now, there's one for self-proclaimed Internet geeks as well. (Needless to say, that description got my attention.) For a limited time, Cheapskate readers can get a three-month subscription to Narwhal Bacon Box for $79.95. That's after applying coupon code CNET3 at checkout. Prefer a single box? You can get one for $29.95 with coupon code CNET1.
Why is it called a Narwhal Bacon Box? Any hardcore Reddit user probably knows the answer: "The name of the box refers to a secret phrase redditors use to identify themselves as redditors," according to the FAQ page. And that's the underlying theme of the subscription: Reddit-oriented (and/or -sponsored) goodies.
Specifically, every month you'll receive at least five items representing "popular Internet culture, viral products and popular media from around the globe."
You can see many of the first month's products in the accompanying photo, though the developers have assured me there will be at least one more, along with discounts and coupons from Reddit entrepreneurs they've partnered with. Total retail value: $90.
If you like to adorn your desk with cool, geeky stuff, or you're looking for a gift for someone who does, this might be a good fit. This isn't about being practical; it's about the fun of getting a mystery box every month. And saving a few bucks in the process, of course.
Bonus deal: If you're looking for the ultimate PC upgrade -- namely, a solid-state drive -- and don't mind waiting on a rebate, here's one of the best deals I've seen yet: TigerDirect has the OCZ ARC 100 Series 240GB SSD for $69.99 shipped. That's after redeeming a $20 mail-in rebate. The price elsewhere is the same initial $89.99, but no rebate. This drive has scored stellar reviews from users and comes with a three-year warranty.
Bonus deal No. 2: Game time! If you're into first-person shooters, here's a deal you won't want to miss: The Humble Borderlands Bundle lets you name your own price (as little as $1) for the original Borderlands (for Windows) and three add-on packs, or pay around $6 to add Borderlands 2 and three more add-on packs. You can also pony up $15 or more for the whole bundle-enchilada, but I'm not super impressed by the third-tier extras. The $6 tier, though? Scorching-good deal. Proceeds are split between the National Videogame Museum and the games' publisher, 2K.