Have you ever done some serious comparison shopping when buying vape gear online? If you havenÃ¢â¬â¢t, thereÃ¢â¬â¢s a good chance that youÃ¢â¬â¢re spending way too much to vape. Compared to many other types of consumer products, the pricing for vape gear is incredibly variable for a number of reasons.
- Some sellers source their vape gear directly from the manufacturers in China, while others buy the gear more expensively from domestic distributors. The more a retailer pays for its products, the more it must charge when selling those products.
- E-liquid is fairly inexpensive to manufacture in bulk, so manufacturers can charge very reasonable wholesale prices Ã¢â¬ especially when retailers are willing to buy in extremely large volumes. That creates a great deal of variation in the prices charged to end users. Some retailers price their products high and try to maximize their profits on each sale. Other retailers price their products low to prevent lost conversions.
- Clearance sales are common in the vaping industry because demand for products begins to decline as those products get older and because e-liquid has a limited shelf life.
When you consider all of those factors, it shouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t surprise you that the price for a vaping product on one site can sometimes be almost double what it is on another site. Unless youÃ¢â¬â¢re fiercely loyal to one vape shop, then, the variable pricing means that youÃ¢â¬â¢re going to spend a lot of time hopping from one website to another when you shop for vape gear. So, how can you be sure that youÃ¢â¬â¢re always getting the best deal? What are the best ways to save money when you buy vape gear online? Those are the things youÃ¢â¬â¢re going to learn from reading this article.
Always Look for Vape Coupon Codes
Every time you buy vape gear online, the one thing that you should always do before checking out is look for a coupon code. Surveys have shown that a huge percentage of online shoppers look for coupon codes before they buy, and if they canÃ¢â¬â¢t find coupons, theyÃ¢â¬â¢ll shop elsewhere. Sellers, meanwhile, have to offer coupons because they know theyÃ¢â¬â¢ll lose sales if they donÃ¢â¬â¢t. E-Cigarette Empire, for example, maintains an extensive list of e-liquid coupons on its website. If you donÃ¢â¬â¢t use a coupon code when buying vape gear online, youÃ¢â¬â¢re probably paying too much.
Join Customer Loyalty Programs
Loyalty programs are great for small businesses. They encourage customers to keep coming back by rewarding them for repeat purchases. Repeat buyers help businesses remain stable and plan for the future, so practically every vape shop has a loyalty program of some kind Ã¢â¬ and the terms of a companyÃ¢â¬â¢s loyalty program can often be quite attractive. If you donÃ¢â¬â¢t join the loyalty program everywhere you shop, you are definitely leaving money on the table.
Take Advantage of Free Shipping Offers
Have you ever stopped to think about the amount of money youÃ¢â¬â¢re paying for shipping every time you buy vape gear online? If you buy a bottle of e-liquid for $15 and add another $3 for shipping, youÃ¢â¬â¢ve just increased your purchase price by 20 percent. Most vape shops are happy to ship larger orders for free, though, so youÃ¢â¬â¢re best off if you wait to buy until you can afford to buy several items at once. A good online vape shop will always be very clear about explaining how large your order must be to qualify for a free shipping offer. Some vape shops even ship all orders for free. You can find those shops easily by adding the phrase Ã¢â¬Åfree shippingÃ¢â¬ when you search for vape gear on Google. Remember, though, that if a vape shop offers free shipping on every order, itÃ¢â¬â¢s probably building the shipping cost into its prices. YouÃ¢â¬â¢ll probably pay less if you order from a vape shop that only ships larger orders for free.
Join Every Mailing List
Virtually every online business of any worth has a mailing list, and the same is true of vape shops. A mailing list is a great way to keep customers engaged and to stimulate purchases by advertising sales. Some vape shops only advertise their best deals to mailing list subscribers, and as an added incentive for subscribing, a vape shop will often offer a reward such as a single-use coupon code for new subscribers. If you think that youÃ¢â¬â¢re probably going to buy from a vape shop, join the shopÃ¢â¬â¢s mailing list before you check out and see what arrives in your inbox.
Try Buying From Chinese Sellers
Did you know that China is home to many electronics wholesalers who are happy to ship products anywhere in the world? Chinese wholesalers have direct access to the factories that manufacture vape gear, so they often sell that gear at extremely low prices. When you do buy from a seller in China, though, youÃ¢â¬â¢ll need to keep two things in mind. First, counterfeiting is rampant in China. YouÃ¢â¬â¢ll need to do your best to make sure that the seller only offers authentic products. Second, low-cost shipping options from China to the United States are slow. You may have to wait a few weeks to receive your order. Upgraded shipping options are usually available, but those options will usually negate your savings. If youÃ¢â¬â¢re going to buy vape gear from a Chinese seller, plan accordingly and order the gear well before you need it.
Buy Last YearÃ¢â¬â¢s Model
Consumers in the vaping community generally donÃ¢â¬â¢t buy old devices; they buy whatÃ¢â¬â¢s new and exciting. The Chinese vape gear factories are happy to oblige that preference by releasing a constant stream of new models throughout the year. That means youÃ¢â¬â¢ll often pay the lowest price for a piece of vape gear if you wait until the item isnÃ¢â¬â¢t so new anymore. Sellers buy new devices in bulk if they believe those devices are going to be hot sellers, and when the rush ends, theyÃ¢â¬â¢ll often sell the remaining stocks at clearance prices. If you donÃ¢â¬â¢t mind buying last yearÃ¢â¬â¢s model, youÃ¢â¬â¢ll pay much less for a piece of vape gear than you would have paid when that product was new.