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Loot Crate, one of the first nerdy subscription boxes, files for bankruptcy

Operations are now crated.

Loot crate box on table
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Loot Crate was one of the first subscription services for monthly curated boxes of geeky gear, but that era looks to be ending. The company is planning to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after years of rumored financial woes.

The company says it will operate as usual, including crates being shipped to its 250,000 subscribers.

Loot Crate is no more after filing for bankruptcy

According to the bankruptcy filing, Loot Crate has been withholding customer billing, with over $20 million worth of shipments to subscribers left unfulfilled.

Some of the company’s many subscribers are saying they haven’t had a shipment for months. Other complaints include duplicate items, boring exclusives, and boxes of cheap product. Sounds like most subscription services to me.

  • Started in 2012, Loot Crate curates geeky toys and collectibles to send out in monthly paid subscription boxes
  • In 2017, reports came out that the company had defaulted on a $21 million loan
  • The company closed its warehouse last month, laying off 150 workers. Operations were moved to a third-party logistics company
  • Last week, another 50 full-time employees were laid off, leaving only 60 full-time staff. Those employees reportedly didn’t receive any severance or benefits

I can’t see how Loot Crate’s management could think that they can keep operations going, even while the creditors are turning off the lights. RIP Loot Crate, your colorfully-packed boxes of memorabilia shit started an industry that will live on for decades to come.

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