How to Avoid E-Cigarette Scams 

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How to Avoid E-Cigarette Scams 

How to Avoid E-Cigarette Scams

Whether you’re trying to switch to e-cigarettes to stop smoking, want  more control over your nicotine intake, or are beginning to smoke for the first time, there are a lot of e-cigarette brands out there. While many are excellent quality and offer great quality for the money, many others are not and some are actively run by scammers looking to profit as much as possible before they are found out. However, if you’re new to the industry and don’t know which brands are safe in your area, you can easily be sucked in by an e-cigarette scam which can eventually be extremely expensive. In this guide, we’ll go over some common e-cigarette scams and how to avoid them.  

Charging After 30 Days

In this case, you can avoid e-cigarette scams by simply reading the terms and conditions. What’s the scam? Some will state that you will be charged after 30 days, that you will be charged if you don’t return the kit, or that you will be charged on a recurring basis for refills for your kit.  

This scam can lock you into unexpected payments, which can be quite high, and are often much more than the original product is worth. For example, if you get a trial kit and have to return it within 14-30 days or pay $59.99, you could much more easily just buy a kit to try.  

Our advice? Avoid brands with these kinds of offers altogether, they’re usually set up to create unexpected charges, which you will eventually fall prey to.  

Free Cigarettes

Nearly any brand offering free e-cigarettes is trying to coax you into something. However, some are legit and others are not. Read the fine print on the web page, terms of service, and when signing up. Pay special attention to brands that are asking for a lot of personal details, your credit card, or other financial information. Chances are that if a brand is offering something for free, they’re trying to make money somewhere else. Skip it and look for a brand that’s more up front.  

Poor Quality

Some e-cigarette scams are less scams and more of a rip-off. Sellers purchase low-quality items on Alibaba or a similar site, rebrand them (sometimes), and then retail them at a premium price in western markets. You end up paying a premium price for a kit thinking you’re getting a good deal (these are often sold as though they are on sale or on limited offer), but instead get something you could have gotten for a few bucks on Aliexpress or eBay.  

What’s our advice? Research any brand you’re about to buy, research the website, and check the site. If everything is on sale, it’s usually a good sign that you’re in the wrong place. Similarly, if the brand has a lot of reviews for poor quality, you likely want to look elsewhere.  

Most of the time e-cigarette scams are relatively simple and easy to avoid. In some cases, you will face more complex scams such as agreements locking you into 12 months of payments, or sites that simply start charging your card with no explanation or products. If you’re ordering from a brand that isn’t very well known (I.E. they don’t have a Wikipedia page, don’t have a large following on Facebook, and aren’t available in a local cigarette shop), you should be careful, watch your bank or credit card statements, and act quickly if anything suspicious appears.  


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About The Author
Gardenia Boyle, aka "Deanie," is a freelance writer from Seattle. When she's not busy working on a variety of writing projects, she enjoys volunteering at the Humane Society or hiking. If it's raining though, which it does a lot of in WA, you'll probably find her with a controller in her hand playing one of her favorite games, WoW or Final Fantasy.

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