Buying E-cig Cartridges Online VS Offline at Retail Stores
For a new e-cigarette user, choosing between buying e-cigarette refill cartridges online or offline can be a tough decision. Why buy your e-cigarette cartridges online, when you can take a 2-minute drive or even walk to your local gas station or convenience store?
Let’s cut to the chase, shall we? Buying e-cigarette cartridges or e-liquid online is ultimately the best choice. Here’s why:
Retail Store E-cig Liquid and Cartridges
When a visitor walks into a tobacco shop and sees an e-cigarette for the first time, they go through a phase of “oooh-ing and ahhh-ing,” Lacking any prior knowledge of e-cigarettes, they are inclined to buy one just to satisfy their curiosity. So, they buy an e-cigarette.
Well, what happens when they use up their initial few e cigarette cartridges that came with the starter kit or express kit? Inevitably, they will need re-fills. Almost just as inevitable is the instinct to return back to the retail store where they bought their e-cigarette. But wait! There are a few things that they, and you, might not have thought of yet and that is where I come in to point them out. Below are the pros and cons of buying e-cigs from retail stores.
For the most part, cartridges are on demand. Walk in – Walk out
No financial information is disclosed, you can pay in cash
No waiting on “snail” mail
Depending on where you live, try before you buy
Outdated e-juice, or cartridges
May not carry a wide range of flavors
Limited supply; could be in stock one day, and out of stock the next.
Outdated product hardware
Poor return policy
No customer service
Lack of brandaccessories
Requires gas – those trips will add up!
People aren’t snatching up e-cigarettes everywhere like hot cakes. No, not quite yet. The result is that these e-cigarettes will sit there on their shelf for a very long period of time – most of their recommended life span will be taken up on that shelf, gathering dust.
Unless you live in a very popular city in which your brand is heavily rooted, chances are that you aren’t getting the freshest batch of cartridges or the newest batch of ecig liquid (e-liquid). This is vital to your e-cigarette experience. Some distributors don’t care about the required storage conditions that keep e-liquid in tiptop shape. Instead, they’ll just place their stock wherever they think it fits best (i.e. wherever most comfortable for them). If your e-liquid at your local tobacco shop is sitting on a shelf, it’s already not placed in proper storage conditions. I’m not saying it’s going to be complete and utter crap. I’m just voicing my concern that there are certain conditions that can prolong the life of e-liquid, and that those conditions are often not met in retail shops. *stepping off my soap box now*
Buying E-Cigarette Liquid and Cartridges Online – Your best option.
Shopping for e-cigs online opens doors for you that offline retail locations can’t. With a click of a mouse, your range of e-cigarettes multiplies exponentially. Let’s get the pros and cons out of the way…
Allows you to research more e-cig brands
Allows you to read customer reviews
Money Back Guarantee (make sure to read the fine print, as always)
Live customer service via chat/phone/e-mail/forums
Full line of e-cigarette products
Complete flavor lineup – no restrictions
Freshest batch of e-cigarette cartridges and e-liquid
Up-to-date e-cig hardware
Deep discounts, sales, coupons, holiday promotions
Loyalty programs (gain points get free cartridges)
Online e-cig stores have more visitors and thus their inventory is always being refreshed/re-stocked. They have a high turnover rate, which keeps product moving in and out constantly and consistently. Unlike retail stores, they never let them sit on shelves for months. Ultimately, the best option if you weigh out the two, is buying online. Being able to review an e-cigarette, scour the web to find more brands, and then compare, is priceless. Doing this will save you loads of money. When you shop retail, you won’t get the discounts and deals that you’ll find online either. There is a lot to be said for the convenience that shopping for your e-cigs online brings, and it really comes down to who is comfortable with what.
One thing is for sure: some of the most popular e-cigarettes in the industry, the highest quality ones, are located on the internet and they don’t have any immediate plans to go elsewhere… such as retail. Do yourself a favor; don’t settle for less when there’s better out there. The tobacco shops and gas stations aren’t trying to make your smoking habit a pleasure to quit. They’re trying to sell a product and that’s where it begins and ends.
We wish you the best of luck,
Ray Team ECCR
Disclaimer: This blog relates to gas station ecigs and stores that don’t show obvious expertise in the ecig/vaping niche. 🙂