I made my first purchase at a local B&M shop, and while later I did find that I could have gotten a better deal online, the mark-up at the local B&M wasn't unreasonable. That being said, though, I doubt if I would have even given e-cigs a try if I hadn't gone into a B&M where there was an actual person to talk with, who could show me the various devices, let me try a couple, and let me try different juice flavors to see which one I liked and suggest a good starting nic level. When I was using ego's, cartos or clearos, it was also nice to know that there was a local place where I could get something if I needed it right away. There was one flavor they sold which I liked a lot and continued to buy from them for quite awhile, but the lowest nic level they carried it in was 12, and after I had gone down to 6, I got tired of having to always dilute it, so stopped getting it. (However, as I basically got twice the amount after diluting it, it did make it very reasonable price wise) Currently I am making my own liquid, but if I was to go back to, or want to supplement what I make with 'ready-made' I would prefer going to a B&M where I could try out samples of flavors before buying.
I have referred new vapers to them, but with the caveat that it is more expensive than buying online, but there are some benefits, especially when starting out brand new and not knowing anything about the hardware available or how to use it or what juice flavor(s) and what strength might be best. If nothing else, a new person can see and touch the hardware, and then know what they want to shop for and order online.
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I make my own juice for about 6 cents per ml. Even once you include incidentals I suspect it's less than 8 cents per ml. So for 45 bucks I can make about 550 ml.
Originally Posted by Cearamm
Wow, 2 of my local b&m shops are really good and fair priced. The third is one of these type places, sell everything from cigalikes to higher end pvs, but they spank uneducated beginner vapers (they got me when I moved from cigalike to pv, $115 for an igo4 starter kit, no juice included). I went to the other 2 to see if their prices were comparable, and to my surprise I could have gotten the same setup basically for about $40, 2 batteries, 2 tanks and a touch charger.
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Went to a popular local hookah/vapor lounge/shop for my first purchase of a mod because of all the friends on Facebook saying how awesome of a place it was... Ended up with a couple of juices, a tank, and the kit to a no-name clone of a clone chrome lavatube that I found online for $25 after searching tons of pages of chinese clones that all look similar. Wouldn't have care so much if I hadn't spent just over $140 for it all. It hadn't been 4 days of very careful use and the flimsy thing snapped in half... Luckily I got a refund and there are plenty of other vapor stores around that have a way better reputation. Just have to do your own research first before buying.
Well guys since posting this thread a new vape shop has just opened up in town, their prices are better and have a larger selection. Thats capitalism for yeh
There's several vape shops around here. A couple are reasonably priced, and I have no trouble giving them my money even with a little markup (heck, the last one showed me how to prime/setup a carto tank). However, there is a store here with close to a 300% markup on items, particularly consumables, which is what I usually look buy locally in the first place. Meh.
Its a tough one. I am willing to pay more for great service. I don't go to Walmart because I want to support local businesses that treat their employees well. Now with all that said, great service includes not being ripped off.
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