It isn’t very often that something irritates me enough to lose my cool or get under my skin, unless its an email like the gut wrenching one I received yesterday. To you viewers, this is a prime example why I’ve written so many times on GuideToVaping that it’s very important to research everything vaping first, then act.
Read the following email…
Hello, I live in
city/state, and I went to vendorin city/stateyesterday to buy a starter kit for my birthday. They are the only brick and mortar e-cig store near me, which attracted me.
I feel they way overcharged me. For what they charged me, I could have gotten a Provari or Joyetech eVic, and then some. For a “starter kit” they charged me over $230.
- 2x Smoov Rev 1300mAh batteries (knock-off eGo twist)
- 1x Permanent atomizer (Vivi Nova)
- 2x Disposable atomizers (Nova heads)
- 1x Wall charger
- 1x Ego case
- 2x 2.2ohm cartridges (probably cartomizers)
- 3x Bottles of Pink Spot e-liquid
- 1x Bottle of Flavorz by Joe e-liquid
Looking online, like I said, I can find these much cheaper, and I could have gotten a really nice premium system for even less! I feel cheated, and the customer service wasn’t even that great – it was rushed, crowded, and not very informative – I didn’t even get a user’s manual or anything. I’m figuring out much of it on my own, and I used a friend’s Joyetech Ego-T for a while, which was ok. I hoped to get a Smoov 78mm Starter Kit yesterday, or similar, but the
vendorsalesman said I would burn it up fast, since I “hot box”.
I’m sorry if I haven’t gotten all the terminology right, but I know enough to realize that I was charged about double what I should have been. The kit I bought has a 90 day warranty, though I’m not totally clear on their return policy – I will find out. Since I invested over $200, now I’d like to buy something along the lines of a Provari or eVic, if I can return what
vendorsold me yesterday.
For this price, I feel I should have the best, and I didn’t get it yesterday. Any suggestions or advice you might have – best starter kit, best dealer, or anything else – would be so very much appreciated.
This unnamed vendor did right by directing him to an eGo Twist like kit, but they’ve overcharged him so much that he now feels disgusted with his purchase after learning that what he got wasn’t near worth what he paid for it. I understand that these vendors have to make a profit, but this is more than just making a profit, this is taking advantage of a newly converted vaper. When smokers just quit and explore vaping, they’re desperate and lack the needed knowledge. These new vapers are putting trust into this vendor that they’ll direct him to the electronic cigarette that is right for them and offer it at a fair and average price. That’s when this vendor gives his sells pitch, then sinks his teeth into the customer and sucks him dry.
I looked online to see what other vendors are charging for this starter kit and I found a couple for around $70.00 minus the 4 bottles of e-liquid he received. Compare the prices and you’ll understand the frustration this guy is feeling now after realizing he’s been ‘had’.
To you smokers or newly converted vapers reading this, please use this as an example and research electronic cigarettes before you make a purchase. We have many caring and well pricing vendors in the electronic cigarette industry, so don’t let this bad apple discourage you from these miracle devices. Just as some further info on this story, the guy that emailed me said the kit alone cost $150 and didn’t include the Nova heads, the wall charger or the e-liquid.