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  1. minoh

    minoh Full Member

    Oct 19, 2013
    Los Angeles
    Hey guys,

    I was just wondering if most of you guys get your gears/liquids online or offline. I know vape stores are not common in certain states/cities yet, so I was just wondering where/how you guys get your hands on vapes.

    Also, if you guys go to a store, what do you guys like or dislike about it? Or do you guys prefer online stores? If so why or why not?

    I m just curious of what are your thoughts on pros/cons of going to a store or shopping online :2cool:

    For me, there are a lot of vape stores opening up near my location. There are even like vape bars where you can just come in and smoke. I guess good thing is that you can try liquids out before purchasing them? Online stores don't look too legit to my eyes so I am a bit hesitant before buying any liquids, although their prices are lower than the physical stores.

    Thanks guys!
  2. meanckz

    meanckz Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Sep 18, 2013
    Greer, SC
    these days I do more online shopping, but I did start in of in a local B&M

    pros for local store's there and available (as long as the store is open)
    con: usually pricing and possibly limited options
  3. Silent Scream

    Silent Scream Super Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 12, 2013
    I do all my shopping online. In the UK vape stores are few and far between and from what I've read on UK forums you don't get to try stuff out much and the selection isn't great. People seem to swap ideas through 'vape meets' which they arrange regularly.

    I never go to them as I am concerned I may fall asleep while they all talk about how amazing their new mods are and how perfect their setup is and why. I prefer to stay at home and watch paint dry.
  4. Iffy

    Iffy Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Feb 3, 2011
    Florida Suncoast
    All my vaping shopping is on-line.

    Dropped in on my local TW store 'bout two years ago. Ain't going back.


    limited products
    near clueless employees
    don't sell Tums (and if they did, yepper, would be overpriced!)
  5. cmdebrecht

    cmdebrecht Super Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 19, 2013
    Saint Louis, Missouri
    How are their prices?
  6. NiNi

    NiNi Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 4, 2013
    Paulden, Arizona
  7. The Vagabond

    The Vagabond Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 15, 2013
    I do both

    I think it is important to support your local businesses, after all they are just trying to make a living. and the local economy is helped by having them around.
    I do like my replica's so I do buy often on line
  8. cmdebrecht

    cmdebrecht Super Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 19, 2013
    Saint Louis, Missouri
    I probably buy more juice online, but from 2 vendors repeatedly now that I have some favorite juices. I buy some juices at my favorite B&M too but there are just a few flavors I really like there.

    I buy most of my hardware there but I also shop online every once in a while.

    There are new B&Ms popping up all over around here, but I always go to my favorite. They are soooooo nice to me, and know me by name. I take friends there because I know they'll be treated well. And the prices are fair.

    Happy to have the opportunity to support the local economy.

    With all these new places opening up I wonder how many will make it? Guess a lot depends on upcoming decisions by the FDA. I am surprised that the Missouri state government hasn't caught wind of this yet...
  9. swampman

    swampman Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 19, 2013
    The Swamps
    I do most of my shopping online. I have two vapor shops about 45 miles from me, just too far to make the trip whenever i need to restock. I might take a day trip to one soon though.
  10. Rickajho

    Rickajho ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 23, 2011
    Boston MA
    I would almost kill for the chance to try liquids in a store before buying. But so far my search for a vape shop in the metro Boston area has only yielded:

    Kwikee Marts and gas stations selling the obvious.
    One mall kiosk on the North Shore selling a mini e-cig "pack style" that I could get from China for $5.00 - for $69.00.
    One largely now abandoned smoke and news shop in Brookline selling insanely overpriced no-name kits and no-name China liquid. (It wasn't even Dekang or Hangsen.)

    So the now obvious answer: I have bought everything I own on-line.
  11. smacuser

    smacuser Vapid Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jan 22, 2012
    Vape Augustine, FL
    The vape shops around here are overpriced and sub par. I bought my first cigalike kit at the flea market. Since then, I found 3 well respected vendors online through the forum and popular u-tube reviewers.

    B&Ms tend to be more expensive due to staff and overhead. If you find they have a website, the prices tend to be lower than going into the store.
  12. pufZeppelin

    pufZeppelin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Jul 6, 2013
    Florida, SW
    mostly on line--price & selection

    have several shops around me and they all are 'butchers', prices are SO HIGH can't imagine they will be around long

    it is just 'gouging' unknowing people that come in for help... :glare: :mad:

    25 m drive gets me a shop that is decent in service & price, so when I'm close I stop in...:p
  13. Mark Anthony

    Mark Anthony Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 4, 2013
    Scranton, Pa USA
    Online.... I have no shops close by..... That might be a good thing though.... LoL
  14. ShariR

    ShariR Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 13, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    I do my research on ECF and shop online. I have one vape store that is about 25 miles from my home. Rebranded pricey juice and outrageous hardware prices, but I have bought from them when I am in the area. The next closest is almost 50 miles away. Not worth it to try out juices and purchase way overpriced equipment. If I am up that way I will go and check them out.

    I have found that I learn much more here than I can get from anyone at my local vape shop although they are very nice people.
  15. ChubbzNJ

    ChubbzNJ Full Member

    Sep 21, 2013
    I have 4 shops within 10 min of my house, I do my best to support them, but it certainly is cheaper to order online 99% of the time. I do however enjoy sampling flavors and getting to talk to the (sometimes) knowledgeable staff.
  16. Thrasher

    Thrasher ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 28, 2012
    Madeira beach, Fla
    I would love to support my locals but I refuse to when it is 1/5th the price online somewhere else...... making a living is one thing, trying to bend me over cause they think i dont know what its worth is another.
  17. Robino1

    Robino1 Resting in Peace ECF Veteran

    Psssst, we no longer smoke......;)

    All my purchases are online. I've not looked for a local place. I think there is one somewhere near but I'm at the point where I like one vendor for liquids and I only need to get replacement heads for my Nova's once in a while. My PV is a durable beast and I have my third coming just because I wanted a different color....and backup for my backup :)
  18. mommafish

    mommafish Super Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 1, 2012
    I get my coil heads online but mods and juice in-store. I found a magneto online for $41 (not china) and my store had them for $49 no waiting no shipping good for me. I've tried juice online and didn't like any of it so I go to my little store that makes his own.
  19. fyrman21

    fyrman21 Full Member

    Oct 23, 2013
    West Palm Beach, FL
    There are a bunch of shops close to me in the south Florida area. The prices aren't too bad and when u need something right away the few local shops around have what I need. It is a few bucks more. Like some others have said its nice to try out the favors before dropping hard earned money on em blind. Got to try out the provari yesterday and they have it the same price as online. Next paycheck I know where I'll be stopping by to pick one up. But I'm about 50/50 online and in retail shops nearby.
  20. Dana A

    Dana A Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 25, 2012
    I live in Iowa so I shop online. I really don't think I would shop in a BnM if I had one. I have too many online stores that treat me so well that I am now loyal to them.
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