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GE Quarterly #InventorsToolBox Subscription Box Review

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GE Quarterly #InventorsToolBox Subscription Box Review Box

About a month ago Quarterly offered a one-time purchase box with GE – the Inventor’s Toolbox. My husband loves these kind of boxes, and the value seemed incredible, so we were excited to get this box! (FYI – this box has since sold out).

This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

GE Quarterly #InventorsToolBox Subscription Box Review Items

The Box: GE Inventor’s Toolbox Quarterly Box

The Cost: $40

The Products: GE will give you tools and inspiration to invent the future.

Ships to US Only.

FYI – this is a one-time-only limited edition box purchase.

GE Quarterly #InventorsToolBox Subscription Box Review Letter

The letter from GE is all about inspiring inventors and giving them the tools they need to create.

GE Quarterly #InventorsToolBox Subscription Box Review CloudBit

LittleBits CloudBit Starter Kit – Value $99

(When my husband was doing the unboxing video for this box he had to stop and verify with me that this did indeed cost only $40 – it is insane when the first item you pull out of the box is $99!)

GE Quarterly #InventorsToolBox Subscription Box Review PIeces

These are all the pieces included in the CloudBits Starter Kit. My husband now also has the BaseKit thanks to the Wil Wheaton Quarterly Box, so he should be set with LittleBits!

GE Quarterly #InventorsToolBox Subscription Box Review Makey Maket

Makey Makey Electronics Kit – Value $50

This is my husband’s favorite item in the box. He’s already tried a few of the projects and done some variations with them.

GE Quarterly #InventorsToolBox Subscription Box Review Open

Basically, with this kit you can turn anything into any key for your computer. The video on this page shows some fun examples – including using a banana as a space bar!

GE Quarterly #InventorsToolBox Subscription Box Review Quirky

Quirky Cordies – Value $5

These are great for keeping cords from slipping off your desk. I also think Quirky is a good fit for this box since all their products are invented by users in their community.

GE Quarterly #InventorsToolBox Subscription Box Review Glovely

Glovely Touch Screen Gloves – Value $20

I’ve received these in Fancy Box from years ago, and I love them, so I’m happy to have a new pair. Hopefully, this warm weather is here to stay and I won’t have to use these until much later this year!

GE Quarterly #InventorsToolBox Subscription Box Review Coffee

Java Classic Coffee Cubes – Value $5

These coffee cubes are instant coffee – you just drop them into hot water, wait 30 seconds then stir. While I’m sure they are great for inventors, I think they are also perfect for travel!

GE Quarterly #InventorsToolBox Subscription Box Review Card

NameCheap .Com Domain Name for 1 Year Coupon – Value $10.69

Inventables $40 Gift Card

I think these are both great additions to the box, and I’m thrilled that the Inventables card is an actual gift certificate!

Verdict: This is the best value Quarterly box I’ve ever seen, and I’m so disappointed it won’t be a regular subscription! This box cost $40, and has a value of about $235! I hope if you wanted to get this box you were able to grab one before they sold out, because it is one of the best boxes in terms of value and curation I’ve ever seen!

What do you think of the Inventors Toolbox Quarterly Box?

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Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. I’m have to say that I’m really irritated to find out that they sent out review boxes for a one-time box with such a limited quantity that sold out LONG before the review boxes were sent. I would have HAPPILY paid for the box that you got for free to review, and obviously I’m not alone. What good is a review of such a limited box? It’s not going to get me to buy a future GE box – there won’t be any! It’s not getting me to purchase this box – it was sold out long ago. And it’s certainly not endearing Quarterly to me, quite the opposite. Not to mention, the full contents of the box were released before the boxes were sold out, so I just really find the point of the review box to be completely missed on this one. (Nothing against Liz, it’s Quarterly I’m irritated with, that they thought sending out review boxes for this one was a good idea, and this will definitely factor into any decisions I make about ever purchasing a box from them)

    • I feel like I may have given the wrong impression about Quarterly sending me this box for review purposes, and I’m sorry about that. Here is a more in-depth explanation:

      The reason we reviewed this box (and every Quarterly box I review) is based on my choice/interest in the box. Quarterly covers the cost of the box, but I “purchased” it through my account since I was interested in it, so they aren’t selecting which boxes to send me – I am.

      I review all limited edition boxes I’m interested in (even ones with the full item list already available), so I thought this review would be helpful. But I had no idea the box would be produced in such a limited run.

      A limited edition Quarterly box review is definitely much more helpful when the box is still available for purchase, and I will keep that in mind for any future limited edition boxes they may launch.

  2. Missed out 🙁

  3. I got this because it seemed so interesting and such a great value! It arrived today in a weird box where the label was taped on cut off off the original box – luckily everything was inside!

    I’m so excited to play with the littlebits and I used the giftcard to buy some more littlebit pieces! 😀

    This was an amazing value box. I agree it was probably that way because of the promotional factor with GE, but it definitely makes me feel bad for the WW box people.

  4. Liz – thank you! I read about this box on msa months ago. My whole family has been having a blast with ok this week!

    • YAY! So happy to hear it! 🙂

  5. The box looks fantastic! Thanks to MSA site, I ordered the box. Thanks for the review and video!

    • Awesome – I’m glad you got one!

    • I want to thank you as well. I think this box may have redeemed by obsession with subscriptions in the eyes of my husband.

  6. Oh I love love love this box!! I really would love to see this type of box ship to Canada (and be offered more often as I totally missed this one).

  7. I just eked in before it went to wait list and am so glad I lucked out! I’m also glad everything was so tightly packed in the box as it was gently chucked over the fence onto my cement patio by my thoughtful postman. Glad he saved me a trip to get the box from the post office but… Also, due to the credit from Quarterly my box only cost $38.

  8. How can this box cost $40 and have a $99 Little Bits kit… and WW box costs $108 and have the same big ticket item. What a rip off for those that got the WW box!!!

    • That is what I thought. This box puts WW’s box to shame.

  9. I just got my job offer from GE, and I wanted this box so bad. I missed it, and the wait list never cleared. Sooo disappointed. I was going to buy the little bits, but now I want the makey makey too. Super sad I missed out. Would have been nice to try both for such a great price.

  10. Man, this is twice as good as the more expensive GQ quarterly box.

  11. Rushed to order…..waitlist only! So sad…I don’t even remember hearing about this box. I must have been ignoring my e-mails from Quarterly since the shipping one went out.

    • What’s weird is I don’t think they really promoted this box at all. Sorry you missed it 🙁

      • I don’t think this was a ‘money-making’ one, I think it was a PR one done through GE and fulfilled/released through Quarterly (only 300 boxes total, I heard) for inventor’s day. Hence the insane value

    • Same here. I would have loved more LittleBits! 🙁

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