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"Are extra shots a necessity?" AND "Any quick and reliable West Coast vendors?"

Discussion in 'General E-Liquid Discussion' started by RPGZealot, Oct 29, 2013.

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  1. RPGZealot

    RPGZealot Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 15, 2013
    CA, by way of NJ
    I've put in two orders now from MBV and I've found the flavors... well, weak. I'm guessing this is why extra flavor shots are an option and that makes me wonder if it's assumed you'll toss out the extra change for them. :glare: As much of a fan as I am of the great prices, super fast shipping and free samples, I'm not really a fan of that notion (potentially obligatory added shots), so I feel I need to move on.

    My question then, is does anybody have any go to vendors who ship quick to the West Coast (price is not really my concern as much as time spent shooting in the dark) and deal bold (and hopefully accurate) flavors without requiring purchasing add-ons? I guess I'm looking for bright fruity flavors and peanut butter (I must have peanut butter) if possible; maybe stuff that follows coffee and/or homebrew fairly well. I'm not interested in tobacco flavors as I already put in an order with after trying a few "tobacco" flavors elsewhere.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.
  2. v1k1ng1001

    v1k1ng1001 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 17, 2012
    Edinburg, TX
    I would rethink your decision to drop MBV. A few extra flavor shots at those prices isn't a crime and they are otherwise exactly what you want in a vendor. This is all to say if you like some flavors at MBV add a couple flavor shots and you come out ahead.

    I've been pleased with Nicoticket in the bright fruity vape category. Lots of flavor, worth the extra coin but not ridiculously expensive at 50ml. No free samples though. Recently I've noticed only a few of their most famous flavors have been available so check back with them if you don't find what you want right away.
  3. Racehorse

    Racehorse ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 12, 2012
    USA midwest
    You may be ready to try some of what are generally considered more "premium" vendors.

    Myself, I have never shopped where flavor shots were suggested. The juice is made to a recipe that works as is.

    Some I would suggest, though others will choose differently, but these have been around for a while and there is a reason for that. :):

    Alien Visions
    Copper Creek
    Mountain Oaks Vapor
    The Plume Room
    Roar/RAWR (if you like fruits)
  4. mare ze dotes

    mare ze dotes Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 23, 2012
    That extra shot thing confuses me. Unless I have a basis of comparison how should I know how many shots to order? I am not a huge fan of MBV, but through trial and error I have found 2 of their flaves that I like enough to reorder. I am done experimenting with them.
  5. Criticalmass

    Criticalmass Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Based on your expectations I can't really suggest anyone. The more premium vendors often have a wait time associated with their products and are definitely more expensive (and in a few cases are even worth the price... Loving my CLS today). In many cases 2+ times more expensive. No matter who you order from you will be "shooting in the dark". What we like may not be what you like.
  6. Chas_L

    Chas_L Super Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 26, 2013
    Buchanan Ga
    Why would any ejuice mixer offer extra flavor shots? We all know very well that well like exactly the same taste / strength in our ejuices so what's the point?

    How many vendors have nothing at all to do with the juice in the bottles they sell other than the label and the price?
  7. Criticalmass

    Criticalmass Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    O rly?

    If this is the case then why offer different PG/VG ratios, different NIC percentages. etc. do you really believe what you just said?
  8. v1k1ng1001

    v1k1ng1001 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 17, 2012
    Edinburg, TX
    The extra shots make sense to offset muting. For example I order MBV's thug juice with 2 extra shots to offset the muting endemic to ordering a higher vg ratio and using a protank.

    Also, quite the opposite, if you can order flavor shots and otherwise customize your juice, you're not getting rebranded ejuice from china. The're mixing it up for you according to your order.
  9. RPGZealot

    RPGZealot Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 15, 2013
    CA, by way of NJ
    Not dropping per se, just branching out. I'll likely be back for more peanut butter with as many extra shots as they'll agree to stuff in it. Their prices and turnaround are amazing; I sincerely doubt that will ever be matched.

    Do they not have reviews listed on the site, or am I missing them somewhere?

    Just wondering where folks have gotten stuff they like, so I have an idea where to browse. :) Plume Room, AiV and GLV are next on my list to try, methinks. Alien Visions looks interesting, but the lack of full descriptions/reviews has me scurred.
  10. Criticalmass

    Criticalmass Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nicoticket's Custard's Last Stand is really good. I just received mine earlier this week and am hitting up a 1.5ml in a Mini-Protank 2 today at work. I hear their Creme Brulee is really good too. But they don't ship fast. They ship in a reasonable amount of time, but not like MBV fast because they don't just add flavoring, the do the ingredient extraction, etc. too.
  11. bones1274

    bones1274 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 28, 2010
    Give Five Pawns a try. They are on the West Coast, they offer free priority shipping with every order and Grandmaster is a peanut butter juice. I am vaping it as we speak. They are a little more expensive than other vendors, but I have the juice in my mailbox in Florida 48 hours after I order it.

    Five Pawns - Signature Vapor Liquid
  12. DSullivan

    DSullivan Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 10, 2013
    Spring Lake Heights
    Look at Halo juices if you want something without picking vg/pg ratio or flavor shots. Just pick nic level and bottle size. Also their juice does not need to steep. They are ready right away, and are strong flavors.
  13. gayhollly1

    gayhollly1 Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 16, 2013
    I'd try MBV again. Even after adding flavor shots to my liking their price is great. I read the reviews and go from there.
  14. RPGZealot

    RPGZealot Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 15, 2013
    CA, by way of NJ
    I just cracked open a 65/35 custom Irish Cream and Coffee from MBV and, I have to say, it's pretty good. Of course, had I gotten it with a shot or two, it would be better...

    That said, I placed an order for a sampler from AiV and I'm ready to pull the trigger on The Plume Room (as soon as their weekly is something I'd conceivably like) and The Vapor Room because they have a really nice sampler too.

    Thanks again folks!

  15. Rocketpunk

    Rocketpunk Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 14, 2012
    Dayton, Ohio
    Honey Pearry from the Vapor Chef is my absolute favorite fruit flavor of all time.
  16. Criticalmass

    Criticalmass Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Yea, seems like Cinnamon Roll, Sticky Buns, Pink Champagne and Moo Juice are favorites with about 3 weeks aging. I ordered Pink Champagne and Moo Juice tonight and am getting a sample of Rootbeer since that one had some mixed reviews.

    I also ordered the Creme Brulee from Nicoticket. hehe
  17. Kandicat

    Kandicat Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 18, 2013
    Phoenix, AZ
    Rocketpunk, is honey pearry better than hobbes' blood? I have been on that for a while.

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  18. Rocketpunk

    Rocketpunk Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 14, 2012
    Dayton, Ohio
    I prefer it to Hobbes' Blood, yes.

    Request it as a free sample on your next re-order of Hobbes' Blood.
  19. pinkcloud

    pinkcloud Full Member

    Aug 8, 2013
    Southern CA
    I'm not sure where you are in California, but we probably have the most B&M stores in the country. Perhaps you could find one close to you and go in and physically try some of the juices they offer. Actually, that's why I love B&Ms :)
  20. CaddyWhompus

    CaddyWhompus Full Member Verified Member

    Sep 22, 2013
    Newington, CT, USA
    I feel like juices are meant to taste good at a specific ratio. Flavor shots kinda throw that out of wack I'm not sure that more flavor necessarily equals better tasting juice.
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