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Buying Online Vs. Vape Shop

Buying Online Vs. Vape Shop: Which One is Better?

If you’re a new vaper, you might be wondering where’s the best place to shop for your vape products. Just like with any hobby, you have two major options when it comes to shopping: in a physical shop or online. In today’s blog, we break down the pros of shopping online vs. in a brick-and-mortar vape shop. So if you’re ready, let’s dig in. 

Table of Contents:

  1. The Pros of Buying in a Vape Shop
  2. The Pros of Buying Online
  3. Conclusion

The Pros of Buying in a Vape Shop

Buying your vape goods in a physical vape shop has a ton of benefits that don’t get often talked about. To start off, let’s talk about the pros of buying in a brick-and-mortar vape shop location.

Pro 1: Face to Face Interaction with Other Vapers

This is one of the biggest pros of shopping at a vape shop retail location. By buying vape products in a physical store, you get to interact with like-minded people you can learn from and generate relationships with. This sense of community that is formed around vape shops is hard to replicate online. While there are forums you can join, nothing beats that face-to-face interaction with other vapers who can guide you through your first years as a vaper. By creating a space where vapers can hang out, stores not only sell products but also serve as lounges where vapers congregate to talk about everything related to vaping. And you as a customer can become friends not only with the staff of the store but also with other patrons. 

Pro 2: Instant Help and Recommendations

When shopping in a vape shop, you get instant help regarding any issue. Whether your vape juice tastes stale or you don’t know how to make a certain function of your box mod work, you can always walk into a vape shop, and an employee can help you right away. While this will largely depend on the knowledge, skill, and experience of the employee, if the product is sold in the store, they most likely know how it works and can help you with it. You can also get recommendations on what you should buy, which is always useful. 

Pro 3: The Ability to Handle or Try The Product Before Buying It

This one is a big plus for people that prefer to view and hold the products before they buy them. Since many people prefer to try out or get a sense of the size of their devices before spending money on them, shopping in a physical store makes more sense than shopping online, which, although, has some great return policies, can be more time-consuming. As far as eliquids go, some vape shops even allow you to try flavors before buying them, and this can be attractive for people that want to make sure they love the flavor before buying it. 

The Pros of Buying Online

Now let’s move onto the pros of buying online. While online, you won’t be able to generate a relationship with the employees that can help you decide what products to get and or buy, there are many pros that make the online experience worth trying. 

Pro 1: Lowest Prices

It’s no secret that online you can get the lowest prices available. And this is important because when you start buying monthly eliquids, their price can quickly add up. And it’s not just on vape juices that prices are lower. Devices, accessories, and coils all have lower price marks due to the high competition found online and the simple fact that online retailers buy in bulk. When they buy in bulk, individual items become way less expensive. As a result, you might find items online that are 50% cheaper than the ones found in vape shops. And this is one of the main reasons why people love to shop online instead of a physical vape store location. 

Pro 2: Variety

Another major reason why folks love to shop online is that you can find more products online. While physical vape stores might be limited in the stock, they can offer clients, and online vape shops have huge varieties of products. Everything from exotic ejuice flavors to exotic coil builds, there is definitely more variety to be had online. And while vape shops will only tend to cater to beginners and will only have the most popular items currently in demand in that market, you can find almost anything online. From mech mods to wicking cotton to custom RDAs, if you’re looking for variety, you’ll find it online. 

Pro 3: Convenience 

Finally, shopping online is just more convenient. You can order the products you want at almost half the price without taking a single step outside of your home. And considering the fact that vape shops are rare and hard to find, buying online might be the best option you have if you live in a rural area where the nearest vape shop is hours away. 


Buying in both physical and online vape shops have their pros, but they also have their cons. So, in reality, there is no best shopping experience and what we think it’s best is a combination of the two. We recommend that if you live close to a vape shop, you take advantage of it and try to meet fellow vapers that can help you in your vaping journey and try out the products you want to buy. Once you know the device and vape juice you want to get, we suggest you shop online to take advantage of savings and the variety of products available that can’t be found in brick-and-mortar vape shops.


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Children, breastfeeding and pregnant women, persons with risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or that take medications especially for depression or asthma should not use nicotine or vaping products. Always consult a licensed physician prior to use.

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Andres Roman

Andres Roman is a content writer with 3+ years of experience, a former 3 pack a week smoker who used vaping to kick the habit, he now wants to educate the world about vaping. You can find him on Linkedin and Twitter.