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Where To Buy Electronic Cigarettes | Online Vs Retail

By Matt McConnell

Friday August 8, 2014
Buying e-cigs has many advantages over buying e-cigarettes from retailers

How do you know where to buy electronic cigarettes? You basically have two choices, online and retail. The real goal is to get the best electronic cigarette at the best price and with the best customer service. Let’s look at the big picture here and figure out what is the most advantageous situation for you as a consumer.

There are more e-cigarette brands out there than an MIT math professor could count! With 10 new brands coming into the market every month, that number is growing even higher.

The market place is very confusing but have no fear, we are here to help you make sense of it all and make the decisions that are most likely to help you make a successful switch away from tobacco while saving the most possible money while doing so without compromising quality. We are going to begin by talking about how to manage your money when buying an e-cigarette.

That first thing that we need to do is to consider the e-cige brands that are out there.  While they may all look similar, when you do an e-cigarette comparison it quickly becomes apparent that some brands stand head and shoulders above the rest.

Finding The Best Electronic Cigarette

Do not make the mistake of assuming that one ecig model is as good as another. There are very real reasons that you should not buy cheaply made e-cigarettes. The difference in performance between a good brand and a shoddy brand is like the difference between night and day. For example a cheaply made brand may have a catchy name and look like a contender for your business, but when it comes to performance it will fall way short in battery life, consistency and vapor production.

Many brands have poorly made e-liquid that delivers inconsistent flavor and vapor. More than a few have low quality batteries that last a fraction as long as the quality brands. If you try one of these brands chances are that you will get discouraged and be back buying tobacco before you know it. This is the last thing that you want to have happen. Give yourself the best chance of making e-cigarettes work for you buy taking the time to be selective about your purchase.

ECCR has completed an extensive e-cigarette comparison. The results are available for you to see in our e-cigarette reviews section.  You can also read about the experiences of consumers. Take the time to do the research. It will literally take less than an hour and be time very well spent. Our e-cigarette reviews are conducted over an extensive time period with meticulously recorded data that we share with you.

We have a number of recommended brands that have been proven to meet very demanding standards. With ECCR, these standards are unrelenting and we do not compromise our values. Beware of review sites that are out to sell and could care less about quality. Many of their so called reviews are copied or they review a product after using it for a couple of hours. It is ridiculous. You will be using your ecig for months and years and you deserve to know how it will perform in the long run.

Bottom line, stick with ECCR, we’ve got your back.

How to Manage Your Money

Let us suppose at this point that you have decided on a brand that you would like to try. Now in order to make sure you get the most bang for your buck, we have to seriously consider where to buy electronic cigarettes.

You can buy from a general retailer like a gas station, a specialty shop, or online. Let’s not waste any time here. We can totally rule out one of these options for you right away.

Gas Stations and Convenience Stores

Gas stations and other retailers will sell whatever brand a distributor gives them and sell them at full retail mark-ups. This is where you will find the shoddy brands that are far inferior to the better e-cigarette brands you could be buying. That’s just the beginning of the problems.

Chances are the clerk on duty at any given time will have no knowledge of the products. You are taking a big chance buying from a gas station or convenience store. In addition, you will probably be limited to buying a disposable model. Disposables have their place but they are not a long-term answer. You can do a lot better with your money and get a lot more for yourself.

Specialty Vaping Shops

vape shops offer a personal touch but buying ecigs online is financially advantageousYou could buy from a specialty vaping shop. This is a better option than buying from a general retailer. Specialty shops will have knowledgeable staff that can answer any questions that you may have. There is also the personal touch that you get with one-on-one interaction. The downside of a specialty shop is the limited inventory available.

Many specialty shops feature mods and other types of ecigs that do not look like cigarettes. Mimicking smoking as closely as possible has a major benefit when you are first trying a smoking alternative. The bottom line is that shopping at a vape store means that your options will be limited.

Unfortunately, the options that you will have will be essentially aging stock. Vape shops will not order new products with the latest technology until their old stock is sold out. E-liquids will remain on store shelves until it is gone. The freshest e-liquids will be available only in the days after new stock is received.

Vape stores often buy the older clearance stock of ecig companies in order to offer discounted prices. The problem is that there is always a reason that an item ends up in a clearance bin. Usually because it is on the verge of being discontinued.

Of course not all vape shops are alike. Some are a lot better than others, like any other business. While some will be better than others when it comes to making sure fresh product is available, all vape shops will have the same issues when it comes to customer service. Particularly when it comes to working with ecig companies.

If you experience problems with an e-cigarette, e-liquid or accessory, your access to customer service will be limited to the retail hours of the store. Here’s the thing when you buy from a vape shop, the vape shop is actually the customer of the ecig company, not you. You will basically be forced to deal with the infamous middle man in order to address any product issues that may arise. This makes the customer service process bulky, awkward and unnecessarily drawn out.

Buying from any retailer carries the inevitable aspect of a retail mark-up. This is totally understandable but you do have the option of buying online and avoiding mark-ups.

Last but not least, when you buy retail, you are dependent on accessing your vape shop during business hours to access supplies and refills. We are talking about gas, travel time and what if you run out of e-cig liquid and the store is closed? The last thing you want, and the last thing anyone wants, is for you to buy a pack of cigarettes out of desperation.

Buying Online Gives You The Most For Your Money

the choice is clear, buying e-cigarettes online is the best option for youUltimately, buying online creates the most advantageous situation for consumers. By buying directly from the manufacturer, you are avoiding retail mark-ups and building a direct relationship with the company.

That direct relationship creates a financial advantage because you will have access to specials and savings. For example most companies will offer customers exclusive access to special sales on refill cartridges.

When you call customer service, you will be speaking directly with the company as opposed to going through a third party retailer.

When you buy online, you can arrange for all of your refills to be sent to your doorstep in advance. This means you will never have to worry about a frantic attempt to get to a store after work. Your refill cartridges or e-liquids will be waiting for you when you get home. This scenario equals savings and convenience.

When it comes to managing your budget and getting the very most for your money, online is the obvious winner. Of course we promote online sales and provide our readers with exclusive offers but that is because we honestly feel that this is the best way to buy e-cigarettes.  There are several advantages:

  1. You can buy direct from the source.
  2. You get the freshest product and the latest technology.
  3. Buying the best electronic cigarette at the best possible price.
  4. As a regular customer, you will have access to additional savings.
  5. You can thoroughly investigate the product and quality before making a decision.
  6. Convenience.
  7. Refill cartridges sent right to your door.
  8. Direct access to customer service.
  9. Because you can pre-arrange deliveries you decrease your risk of a smoking relapse.

When you weigh the pros and cons, buying online is the clear choice. By all means, shop around, consider your options and make the choice that is right for you. Look at our highly recommended e-cigarette brands. Read e-cigarette reviews, consider all of the performance data and and watch our videos to see for yourself how well each of our top-ten rated e-cig brands perform.

ECCR reviews always provide you with a detailed review and the unbiased truth about performance and value. We additionally offer exclusive e-cig coupon codes. When it comes to how to manage your money you don’t have to be a Harvard economics professor to figure out that any savings is a help! Of course, you are always welcome to read our e-cigarette brands reviews and let us know your thoughts.





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