This morning I was thinking about the lengths that vendors will go to in order to get a sale - from putting sleazy looking women in their ads, to claiming that their liquids are somehow magically better, or that a certain device makes them look "cool" or will somehow make them a more intelligent and attractive individual. It may seem doubtful that vendors do these things, but unfortunately I have seen and heard these things occur, and I am certain that I am not the only one who has.
This blog post, or rant ( maybe it's a brant) has to do with honesty - it has to do with the ability of not all but some e cigarette vendors ( and non vendors, but let's stick to one subject for now) out there to "spin" the efficacy of e cigarettes into something to line their pockets with at the expense of the vaper. Vendors keep trying to cram an old and outdated business philosophy into the paradigm of electronic cigarettes, and the truly sad thing is that customers continue to accept it.
A person on the verge of switching to electronic cigarettes has come to a big real milestone in their lives. As many of you are aware, former smokers have gone through a lot of frustration before finally being able to switch to electronic cigarettes.Trying all of the products out there that are supposed to help a smoker quit but rarely do, until they finally happen upon electronic cigarettes.
What happens then? unfortunately, they get taken by a vendor who could give a damn about what they have chosen to do with their health, and take advantage of their naivete'. They railroad the new vaper into buying either sub standard devices and liquid, or sell them something they do not understand, or do not need.
Don't get me wrong, there are vendors out there who actually care about people instead of being a pack of greedy fucks. They themselves know how crucially intimate a person's health is, and will do everything that they can to help new vapers confidently go in the direction that they need. If the honest vendors did not exist, vaping would not have gotten as far as it has now. It would have fallen by the wayside like so many other good ideas that got ground into the dirt by greed.
I have said it before, and it bears repeating - Vaping does not have a conventional business paradigm. It is not a pair of shoes, or a bottle of soda. Because new vapers are deeply considering their health, they first and foremost expect one thing - honesty. If you sell someone a crappy watch, it's one thing. If you sell them a crappy e cigarette, you are pushing them down a path back to cigarettes just like every other dissappointing quit smoking product did.
And that is why we scrutinize vendors and products....and scrutinize them again.....and then scrutinize them some more until the vendor is either backed into a corner of being honest, or provides us the answers we need from the start, and we are satisfied. We scrutinize like this because contrary to the opinion of the dishonest vendor, we do care about our health, very much so.