Something has come to my attention that I feel every E-cigarette user should know about, especially retail stores, vendors, and distributors. I’m not ready yet to reveal any sources on this story until I learn more about it. Suffice it to say, I have a number of friends who work in various areas of the E-cig industry, and they are the ones I’ve heard of this from on more than one occasion:
Apparently, “someone” has been contacting retail outlets around the country… particularly in the Northeast/New England area… and offering to supply them with an entire inventory of E-cig equipment, cartridges, E-liquids, etc. for FREE in exchange for whatever inventory they are already carrying. In other words, someone with incredibly deep pockets, is shelling out tons of money to get their foot in the doors of every retailer their greedy little hands can grab, at an extreme loss, just to wipe all of their small business competitors out completely. I can hardly think of anything more wholly despicable than this. And I also can hardly think of any company besides three specific companies (that I’m sure you can guess) financially capable of pulling off a stunt like this.
I’m going to attempt to gather more information on this, because I don’t want to start throwing accusations around without proof… and because I don’t want to get sued for the $1.27 I have in my checking account. However, in the meantime, it would behoove us all, regardless of our own inter-manufacturer competition, to turn these offers away. I’m sure they’ll try to make it as attractive and lucrative as possible… but in the long run, this could destroy the E-cigarette industry as we know it, and replace it with just another Big Tobacco product chuck full of “additives” that are ten times more addictive and dangerous than nicotine by itself. We can also spread the word to others so they don’t fall victim to this horribly unethical business smash-and-grab job being perpetrated by someone who does not want to share the market with anyone and is willing to destroy anything in it’s path to monopolize the industry.