Founded in 1999, ThinkGeek is a website that sells every geeky piece of merchandise you could possibly dream of. From Star Wars and Star Trek to Minecraft and Portal, you can find predictable things like t-shirts and Pop figurines as well as things that might surprise you, like yoga mats or a Death Star cookie jar.
ThinkGeek is all about providing fans of geeky things every piece of merchandise their heart might desire. Because Thinkgeek has always been based online, their prices are pretty low to begin with, and always competitive. There are some ways, though, to get those prices down even further.
While ThinkGeek doesn’t offer coupons all that often, so they can’t necessarily be counted on, there is the occasional coupon, especially if you know where to look.
There are great ThinkGeek coupon codes available if you sign up for ThinkGeek’s email newsletter. They’re constantly sending out exclusive codes to their email subscribers. Those email newsletters also include first looks at new products. Products on ThinkGeek, especially the ThinkGeek exclusives, are often in high demand and may end up selling out, so don’t wait too long if you see something you like. The newsletters go out about twice a week, so don’t worry about being bombarded by emails.
ThinkGeek always offers free shipping with every purchase of $75 or more, but even if you’re not spending anywhere near that, standard shipping within the United States is only a flat rate of $6.95. And with such a huge range of products, it’s extremely easy to find $75 worth of stuff you want, especially if you and a friend go in on an order.
ThinkGeek has a dedicated sale page on its website that you’ll want to visit if you’re looking for discounted items. There are really great deals available here and they’re organized into savings categories, or you can just browse and see if something catches your eye.
They don’t make it easy to find from the home page, but from most secondary pages on the site, you can click “On Sale” -- in red toward the bottom of the left menu -- to view the sale page. You can sort items in all the normal ways -- by price, featured items first, or product name -- or you can use the handy featured categories at the top to direct you.
All the sale items show you the original price, the new price, and the discount percentage, so it’s very easy to tell at a glance whether or not you’re getting a good deal. If something’s only 25 percent off, for instance, you may want to wait and see if it goes further. There are sometimes sales up to 60 percent off.
ThinkGeek’s version of a rewards program is Geek Points. Signing up is free and extremely easy, especially if you already have an account with the site.
You earn Geek Points with every purchase you make. You earn 10 points for every dollar you spend and your points can be redeemed along with purchases you’re making. The quality of the item determines the amount of points it costs, of course, but you can generally start redeeming points once you have 500. If you choose to save up your points instead, there are items all the way up to 40,000 points you can get. Each reward item must be redeemed alongside a purchase, and different items have different minimum purchase levels. Many items require a $25 purchase, and items with higher point values require a $75 purchase. Gift certificate purchases do not accrue Geek Points.
You really want to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck here, and it’s generally pretty easy to do because all the reward items are available for purchase on the site. Just click through to see what the going price is before you cash in your points for something that isn’t worth the amount of points you’re spending on it. Rewards are generally worth about $5 per 1,000 points, so a 4,000 point item would normally cost about $20 on the site.
While most of ThinkGeek’s posts on social media are just of fun or interesting geeky things -- recent posts have included “This day in geek history” and DIY Lord of the Rings fan art -- sometimes they’ll sneak a deal or two in there as well.
When Thinkgeek is having a particularly good sale, they’ll definitely post about it on their social media channels. While they’re active on both Facebook and Twitter, their posts on each site tend to be identical, so there’s no need to follow them on both sites unless you want to. Sometimes they’ll run a special promotion where fans can vote on which item from a small selection they’d like to be discounted, and then the winner will be on a significant sale the next day. So if you already love ThinkGeek and the products they carry, there’s definitely no harm in following them on these social media platforms.
ThinkGeek also has a YouTube channel! They post fun videos detailing their new products about once a week.
You can return items in their original condition for any reason within 90 days of purchase. ThinkGeek does charge a 15 percent restocking fee on some items, though, so be sure to check on that when you initiate your return. They also don’t cover return shipping costs unless the product is defective. ThinkGeek does not offer price adjustments or price matching.