A search had turned nothing on this subject. I hope this is the appropriate place for this.
I personally prefer to pay 10-20$ extra or more to encourage the local vape shop for these reasons:
– I’ve seen too many people enter there and buy a starter kit when they had barely any idea (or none at all) what vaping was. Actually 80-90% of the people I saw there were starters on that very day. These shops are an emissary that is really needed at this point.
-The shops located at the other end of the country can’t do squat about your local anti-vaping laws. The local shop will try and fight for your rights. The more jobs are concerned, the less likely they are to lose those jobs. Also, the more local vapers there are, the more likely you can win against local legislation.
-The local shop is an excellent resource to help you out if you are having problems when you start, not to mention people who don’t even suspect there are vaping forums. Those are the people who really need help getting started, but they are far more likely to quit if they can’t get local help.
-If you can’t get juices or supplies from across the country, guess who could be your savior???
-Save 10-20$ but pay 7-15$ on shipping = wait a week to save 5-8$? How much do (did) you spend in smokes a week may I ask?????????????????
ENCOURAGE YOUR LOCAL VAPE SHOPS, DAMMIT! We need more of those and they won’t open more if they don’t have a reason to!!!
Of course, I still check online how much I can save. You know what? if I ain’t saving 50$ on an order (still less than a week’s worth of death sticks) I’m picking up my gear NOW. I’m not saying don’t buy online; I wouldn’t stop myself from owning a mod I’m drooling over or some tasty juice I want because I can’t get it locally, but the little difference in price you pay at your shop is a HUGE investment in our most visible embassies. After all, if there is no market for local vape shops, it makes it unbelievably tough to prove there are enough vapers around to give us a fighting chance.
Of course, if you’re getting screwed sideways by snobs who think you’re a little stain on the sidewalk, you’re excused from attending that shop. I seriously doubt that is a very common experience, however.
Excuse the ranting tone, but it has to be said as we can only win through solidarity, not dispersity.
Can anyone else think of good reasons to buy local?