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Portal 2 Turret Premium Hoodie Fortress Geek |

One of the things that’s sometimes frustrating about being a Canadian geek is how difficult it can be to get all those deliciously geeky goods we see all over the internet. Between high shipping charges and duty to get it over the border, even items on sale often aren’t worth it. I usually get around it by stocking up whenever I go to a convention, but Bree from turned me on to a Canadian company, Fortress Geek (based in hometown of Vancouver), that stocks all kinds of excellent geeky goods and ships across Canada.

I rounded up a few of my favourites below.

Portal 2 Turret Premium Hoodie Fortress Geek | How hot is this Portal 2 Turret Premium Hoodie? Practical and fashionable.

Fortress Geek Companion Cube Panties And in keeping with the Portal theme, I’d previously featured these super cute companion cube panties in a Nerdy Valentine’s Day Gift Guide a while ago, but now you can get them without having to worry about customs officials rifling through unmentionables before you’ve actually gotten a chance to yourself.

Smallword Fortress Geek
If you don’t happen to live in a major center with a good specialty game store, getting the latest tabletop hits can be incredibly spendy, if you can even find somewhere that will ship to you in the first place. Rick and I got our copy of Small World on sale through Amazon, but after shipping charges it was the same price as what they charged at our local game store, which never had it in stock.

Princess Bride Mug | Fortress Geek | Princess Bride Mugs!

Tetris Silicone Ice Cube Tray Fortress Geek |
And finally, these licensed Tetris Ice Cube Trays would make any cocktail taste that much better. Also, they could be repurposed as excellent molds for soap making projects.

Do you have a favourite source for geeky goods in Canada? Are you planning on giving Fortress Geek a try?

*Disclaimer: I have not had the chance to order from Fortress Geek myself so I cannot speak to their shipping times or customer service.

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  • Reply
    August 29, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Last year, the American company Thinkgeek added a “shipping for Canadians” option to their checkout whereby they use USPS for certain shipments instead of the dreaded UPS. It’s not available for everything, though, so sometimes you have to choose your items carefully.

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      August 29, 2013 at 9:53 am

      That’s good to know, but you probably still get murdered with the import charges if you make a big order, no?

      • Reply
        August 30, 2013 at 9:41 am

        You will still owe the same amount of duty, but if you ship with USPS instead of UPS you still save on “brokerage” fees. Canada Post’s fees start at $5 while UPS’s start at $15 (even on packages that are worth less than $20). Also, there’s the sweet little gray area of Canada Post not bothering to charge duty on every package, while UPS doesn’t miss a single one.

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    Jane Yoo
    August 29, 2013 at 10:26 am

    OMG pacman cookie cutters are so cute. I’m actually going to try and bake dog treats today. Too bad I don’t have these to make em more fun! 🙂

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      Bree Brouwer
      August 29, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      Jane, if you ever make these with the cookie cutters, I know Fortress Geek would love to see a picture. 🙂

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    August 29, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Back when I lived in Vancouver, I’d order from Think Geek and get stuff shipped to Point Roberts. You’d get the sweet, sweet US shipping times and prices, and half the times customs wouldn’t care when you came back and just wave you through. At worst, you paid the GST.

    And as for board games, is pretty damn great.

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      Bree Brouwer
      August 29, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      Pat, do you find that’s still the case now? I know when I visited relatives in northern Washington when I was younger, getting into and out of Canada for shopping wasn’t a big deal at all. But I heard that more recently the borders have tightened more (nowhere near as bad as Mexico’s, but still more stringent than before).

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    Nerd Burger
    September 2, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    I know what you mean. Postage to Australia is so expensive, sometimes actually more than often more than the thing I’m buying. So frustrating.

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