This is a topic that isn’t new at all, but rarely gets enough attention. In fact, it is something that has been around ever since electronic cigarettes and other vapour devices first began reaching the western world. As electronic cigarettes were a relatively new “gadget” of sorts, they naturally were an attractive item for those trying to make a quick profit. Unfortunately, in addition to all the respectable well-meaning companies out there, plenty of others were not honest brokers.
One way to remove “a fool from his money” was to offer up what are commonly referred to as free electronic cigarette deals. It made sense back then, as this was such a new item that it was logical for free trials and such to be marketed to smokers. Yet, all these years later and with the huge amount of popularity that vaping has reached, we still see these so-called deals. This is where you need to beware, because more likely than not, these deals are not “free” at all. They’re simply trying to get your hard-earned money and give little in return.
How They Lure You In
Free lures everyone in, and this is no exception. It’s tempting, especially when you are first getting into vaping, to be able to “try” this new thing for free. So, when you see an ad online, you think, why not? You do have to put in your credit card information, but they assure you that is only for future refills. It’s true, they don’t charge you for your new electronic cigarette.
You’ll then receive this product in the mail, and it is exceedingly likely that isn’t very good. We’re talking about cheap and that can even mean dangerous. These cheap electronic cigarettes are what is behind the exploding battery issues that the FDA is finally looking into. Regardless of the quality, the problems continue beyond then. You probably won’t like this device so you’ll throw it away.
Then comes the monthly charge, often £50 or more. That’s for refills on your electronic cigarette that is in the rubbish. You may try to call and get it canceled, but there is nobody that will pick up the phone, nor answer an email. You consult your bank, but they say the charge is legitimate. In the end, you’ll be forced to cancel your credit card.
What to Check Before Purchase
First of all, the old saying that if it’s too good to be true also applies here. So, keep that in mind. Beyond that, there are a few things you can check before you make a purchase to help reduce the chances that you’ll be scammed. Besides avoiding products being marketed as completely free, be leery of ones that seem too inexpensive. Do your research and compare prices to make sure you won’t be scammed, and that you’re getting a quality product.
Next, make sure you read the small print. Go over all of the details before purchase and make sure there aren’t any hidden rules that would leave you at their mercy. If anything seems funny, Google the company and see what others are saying. Once someone has been scammed, they’re not very happy about it (obviously) and there is a good chance they have taken to the internet to complain.
Of course, the easiest way to avoid all of this is to simply buy a good product from a reputable brand. There is nothing that can replace the experience of having a premium electronic cigarette or other vaping device. For those that try these “free” electronic cigarettes, they are doing themselves a disservice. In addition to possibly being scammed, they are getting a terrible impression of what vaping is because they are using an inferior product.
What’s surprising is that in this day and age, these “free” vaping scams are still out there and attracting people. There’s too much information out there for you to fall prey to one of them. Be sure you read up and don’t become a victim. The easiest way to avoid that is by simply buying a premium vaping product like the ones in our lineup. Either way, be wary of anyone advertising a free electronic cigarette and make sure you check everything you need to before placing an order.