How to Buy Cigars Online
For well over a hundred years, purchasing cigars was a one-stop activity. The only way to procure a fine cigar was to visit your local tobacconist. There only a few brands available and there wasn’t a lot of information out there about them.
You had to trust the gentleman at your local shop and try to find something you enjoyed. Like other retail operations, the internet changed all of that.
There are now hundreds of e-commerce sights dedicated to selling cigars. They range from massive online retailers to smaller, more boutique sites. Of course, nothing can beat a nice cigar lounge with a good selection, but if you are looking for something specific or to buy in larger quantities, online is the way to go.
With the sheer amount of retailer and cigar options available, it can be a bit tricky to navigate and decided what to buy and who to buy it from. We have put together a simple guide for new cigar smokers to map out the most effective way to buy cigars online.
Can I Get Cigars Cheaper Online?
The short answer to this question is yes. Due to the large quantities they buy, large online retailers like JR offer the best prices.
The cigar industry is strange when it comes to prices, as the prices are generally controlled by the manufacturer. So, a box of Liga Privada No. 9, for example, will cost just about the same on many retailers’ websites. However, what you do want to look for is deals.
Retailers can work with manufacturers to create special deals on the product. These might last a week or sometimes a month, but the deals vary from site to site and day to day.
If you are looking for a specific cigar at the best price, your best course of action is just to check out the top five or six retailers and compare prices. Most high-end or limited cigars will never really be on sale, so make sure to keep an eye out for coupon codes or other discount opportunities.
How Do I Know What Cigar to Buy?
If you are a novice, jumping into a hobby like cigar-smoking can seem a bit overwhelming. This is where the internet is going to be your friend. There is a vast amount of cigar knowledge out there, and being able to research and study it will definitely help you in figuring out which cigar is perfect for you.
Start by going to different retail sites like JR. Each cigar should have a description and plenty of reviews, to let you know what to expect from each smoke. YouTube is also tremendously helpful.
Manufacturers, retailers, and even independent reviewers have put plenty of content together to help guide people in their cigar journey. Cigar forums, such as BOTL can also be a helpful aid in figuring out which cigars you think best fit your preferences.
If you are looking for more information on certain brands or manufacturers, checking out some blogs is also incredibly helpful. Here at JR, we have been putting together various buying guides based on manufacturers to help guide our customers through each brand. You can find our complete list of buying guides right here.
Can I Get Free Delivery?
Yes, it is absolutely possible to get free delivery on cigars. This depends, however, on a variety of factors. First, look to see if there are certain membership programs that offer free delivery. For example, our JR Plus Program offers free best way shipping along with a slue of other VIP perks.
You should also keep an eye out for various deals and specials. Sometimes, there will be a weekly or monthly offer where this is free shipping on all orders. These usually happen around the holidays, but every once in awhile, you can find one outside of this time.