Buying electronic cigarettes can be done online, at the local big box retailer or even at the corner gas station. For most people, it is just simpler to order them online and have them shipped directly to your home. But, before you do so, there are a few things that you should keep in mind to make sure that your purchase is safe and easy as well as making sure that you are getting the best possible deal.
Know the Site and the Brand
Before you shop, know where you are going to shop from. Choose a site based on its security- if you can’t tell that you are on a secure site, log out and try another. Make sure that you are using the official site of each brand so that you don’t end up sending money to a knock off site that is either selling something that is not the right product or is selling nothing at all. They don’t mind taking your money, but you will get nothing in return.
Some brands automatically enroll you into an auto ship program whether you check that you are interested in that or not. Some ask; some do not. Some may not even mention that option at all until you get the recurring charges on your credit card. Make sure that you can opt out of that program or that it does not exist before you buy. While some will quickly refund your money, others might be a little more reluctant to give you your money back on these charges.
Avoid Spam: Set Up a Purchases Only Email Account
Email addresses are free, and there are no limits to how many you can have. Many people use one for business and one for pleasure, for instance. To add further protection to your online purchases and to avoid getting nailed with a ton of spam, you can set up an email address that is specifically for purchases only. That way, the bulk of the spam that your purchase may generate will go to this email address rather than clogging up the others. This also reduces some of your risk of some email viruses.
Avoid Overages and Other Accidental Charges: Use a Prepaid Credit Card
Even if you specifically choose not to have automatic shipments, you still might find that you are getting strange charges anyway with some brands. To protect yourself from that, you can use a prepaid credit card that you load with only a specific amount- no one can debit the card for amounts beyond what is on there, so the worst thing that can happen will be a notice that the card was declined. That will give you the heads up that these charges are being attempted. If they are wrongful charges, you can call customer service and make sure they understand that you are not interested in automatic shipment, etc.
Discounts, Rebates and Other Bonuses for Buying Online
While some sites offer free shipping on electronic cigarettes, replacement parts and other items, others do not. There are coupons that will allow you to reduce or eliminate the cost of shipping on a number of different sites. There are also sites that will allow you to make a purchase and get cash back on everything that you buy. The amount that you get back varies from site to site and may also vary depending on the amount of the purchase. Most of these types of sites require you to join first and set up an account with a profile. You must originate searches from that site so that you generate a ticket, but it can be worth it, especially if you are buying replacement cartridges, new flavors or other items every month- even if you are only getting one percent back per purchase, it can add up fairly quickly.
For the Fastest Service to Your Home
It might sound very obvious, but make sure that you are carefully checking over your information when you confirm your order so that your package is shipped to the right address. If you need to upgrade your order to a faster shipping method, for instance, to express, you can do so, but you must keep in mind that it will increase the cost as well. If you have a post office box, use a family member’s address for your shipping address (most companies require an actual address) or have it shipped to a business address instead. Make sure that there will be someone to receive the package no matter where you are having it sent.