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  1. TonyL1

    TonyL1 Full Member

    Jan 6, 2019
    South Carolina, USA
    Hey from SC, quit smoking in October, after 40 years. I’m digging the vape, playing around with different devices and juices. I’ve got a lot to learn. I find it odd that the prices in the vape shops I’ve been in are astronomical higher than what I find on line. I like to support the local guys, but my god, but $$$!!
     
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  2. uthinkofsomething

    uthinkofsomething Ultra Member ECF Veteran

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    Jun 7, 2015
    Toledo, Ohio
    Welcome to the forum. Prices at shops can be pretty bad where I am too. For the most part, stay away from amazon and ebay and you'll be fine, lots of online vape shops. Just make sure they ship from the US unless you are prepared for a long wait.
     
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  3. bombastinator

    bombastinator ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 12, 2010
    MN USA
    There are a few cautions about online buying:
    1. Avoid eBay. Ecigs are all of Chinese manufacture and China has a massive counterfitting problem. eBay is the most convienient way for Chinese counterfeiters to get their stuff into america. This is particularly dangerous with batteries as counterfeit batteries are usually massively overrated and can explode.
    2. Many cheap channels are China direct. There are generally safe Chinese retailers. Fasttech.com is one of the more popular ones around here. If something is labeled “authentic” there it generally is. This also means that if it is not labeled “authentic” then it isn’t. The issue with this is shipping. The chain of shippers is complex and packages can take anywhere from 10 day to 2 months to arrive.

    There are many US based shops selling low priced products in a timely manner though. There is a list of them on the main page.
     
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  4. Storm52

    Storm52 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jan 27, 2014
    Shreveport, LA
    Welcome to the forum. Congratulations on your quit. Brick and mortar stores are dealing with overhead not saddled on internet suppliers. Instant gratification has some value to some buyers.
     
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  5. DaveP

    DaveP PV Master & Musician ECF Veteran

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    May 22, 2010
    Central GA
    I stop in at the local vape shop once in a while, but I can't bring myself to pay retail+ unless I just gotta have it now. There's one decent vape shop in our city that is run by an ECF member. I stop in to check out what she has and usually buy something just so I don't wast their time with small talk and walk out empty handed.

    As long as vaping is growing there will be support for local vape shops. New vapers need a place to go and learn about hardware, juice, and techniques for maintaining and rebuilding. It's hard for small shops to compete unless they have multiple stores to allow volume buying.
     
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  6. jwbnyc

    jwbnyc Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Mar 4, 2014
    Welcome to ECF.
     
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  7. stols001

    stols001 Mistress of the Dark Nicotinic Arts Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    May 30, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    Welcome! Yes, pricing can be quite different depending on location. Some of that may or may not have to do with taxation, depending on location. I buy from China some, but I do like to support US vendors when I can so I will often save them for that "must have" item. I figure (unless it becomes illegal) that buying from US anywhere is a good thing, I don't limit myself to my town (mainly because they do not stock much I like. The last time I went I asked for some MTL gear, and they dug me out a dusty original Nautilus, LOL. There was serious digging, too.)

    Anna
     
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  8. Anise

    Anise Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    May 11, 2016
    Southern Louisiana USA
    Hi and welcome to ECF!
     
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  9. Letitia

    Letitia Citrus Junkie ECF Veteran

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    Apr 2, 2017
    West Frankfort, IL
    Welcome and congratulations!
     
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  10. MJCSD

    MJCSD Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    May 7, 2014
    usa
    Hello and welcome to ecf
     
  11. BrotherBob

    BrotherBob ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Dec 24, 2014
    Sunnyvale,CA,USA
    Welcome and glad you joined.
    The information below may help you to obtain a good foundation of vaping knowledge.
    Might like to read:
    Learn About Vaping Here - Everything Ecigs - From Beginner To Advanced
    Learn What Vaping is and How to Inhale Properly - Vaping360
    https://spinfuel.com/new-vapers-start/
    ECigarette Academy: Essential Need to Know for New Vapers
    Beginner Archives - Guide To Vaping
    Vaping 101: An Ultimate Guide Focusing on Basics for Beginners
    http://ecigclopedia.com/6-quick-useful-vaping-tips-for-beginners/
    (10) Advancing Up the Vaping Ladder with Egos and Mods | E-Cigarette Forum
    https://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/blog-entry/1-proper-terminology-is-it-a-carto-a-tank-or-what-a-guide-to-juice-attachments.3230/
     
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