What’s the price of going local?

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Three rant posts in a row. That has got to be some kind of record – for Vaping Wern it is, at least. But they say that third time’s a charm, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that after I get this off my chest, we’ll be back to regular programming (reviews, news, tutorials and all that other good stuff).

With that said, let’s get to today’s rant. Yay.

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Of Marketing and Morals: Where Do You Draw The Line? 

UPDATE (23/9): According to this article by vapes.com, it seems that Poké Juice is from Malaysia. How embarrassing… 

Marketing eliquids sure ain’t easy.

It used to be, when the most important factors were the flavor of the juice, the quality of the nicotine and the throat hit that it delivered. If you got those three things tight, then chances are, your eliquid would sell itself.

These days however, all that has changed. Vaping had gone mainstream, and with it, a lot of the fundamentals that we old school vaper’s grew up with have seemingly vanished into thin air.   Continue reading

Malaysian vapers in the news, for all the wrong reasons

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What happens when a journalist is forced to immerse himself into a culture that he doesn’t understand for the sake of a story? Chances are, he’ll do a little research online first, then he’ll pop into a local vape store to see what the hullabaloo around vaping is all about.

That’s exactly what happened recently, but unfortunately, the resulting report hasn’t done vapers, vape stores or the local vape scene any favors.

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An ode to mesh

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I really love mesh
I use it everyday
When I pick up a genny
My taste buds know it’s time to play

Bold tobacco notes
Sing out in their full glory
Subtly hinted nuances
Complete the tasty harmony

Cotton users mull
About rewicking every day
While mesh heads like me know
That our wicks are here to stay

All it takes is patience
To get it working right
After all, it’s just spacing the coils
And making sure you don’t wrap too tight

A genny is like a lady
It takes love and care to shine
When she’s warmed up and ready to go
Boy, she’ll blow your mind

And now I end my ode to mesh
With a simple line
Move on from vaping on cotton
C’mon mate, you know it’s time

Quitting cigarettes can make you sick…

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… before making you feel a hell of a lot better!

On a fine March day some nine months ago, I made the executive decision to quit smoking cigarettes and pick up vaping. I managed to quit smoking cigarettes cold turkey, and went 100% with vaping from that day onwards. It took a lot of resolve and effort, but after a week or so, I picked up a good ol’ cancer stick and threw it away after just one puff.

The transition wasn’t easy, but I managed to get through it with a bit of grit and determination. For a month or so, I was edgy, grouchy and suffered from uncontrollable shaky hands. I knew it was my body getting accustomed to my sudden change in habits, and looking back, I can confidently say that it was the mental aspect of things which was much harder to overcome than the physical changes that were happening to my body.

Over the months, I have successfully converted several of my cigarette smoking friends into vapers, and in that time I’ve heard a ton of complaints questions about the side effects that they had to go through.

I had never been able to properly address them besides saying that “it’s the way your body is acclimatizing to the change”, but hopefully with the help of this article, new vapers can have a better idea of what quitting smoking for vaping will potentially do to your body within the first month or two.

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Consumer behavior

1186260_10153284348115717_197515276_nObserving lots of vaping related consumer behavior of late.

1) A certain brand of “premium” e liquid has already been on the market for almost a year, but only recently gained traction as “the next best thing” when several retailers started pushing it. Is it because the initial etailer lost their exclusivity? AFAIK, that brand had almost zero market visibility up till last month…

2) Herd mentality? A quick browse through the tens of vaping groups shows the same tanks / mods / juices being pushed over and over. Etailers seem to have lost the urge to explore and be unique and are sticking to the tried and tested crowd pleasers.

Its great that these products are now way more accessible, but when you’re subscribed to 10 different groups that basically mirror each other in terms of postings, it get’s pretty boring.

3) Vaping isn’t safe from cloning / counterfeiting. Like kicks and streetwear, clones / AAA grades have flooded the market of late. If that’s your thing, then by all means do go for it. Just to be clear, I have absolutely no beef against people using clones.

There are however, several repercussions that will come from this influx of cloning: the demand for originals are slowly dropping and this is driving down the market price (for example what happened during the recent Chi Yu release), and you have to be extra vigilant when buying anything second hand / on auction since you could be paying top dollar for a rip off.

4) The debate over custom vs clone. It’s pretty straight forward to be honest, and I don’t understand why people are interchanging the terms at their own convenience when the two words AREN’T interchangeable!

A custom would be a modification / personalization to a certain item. A clone is a copy of an item. When an exact copy of an existing item is made in machine shop in Malaysia as opposed to on a production line in a China based factory, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s a clone. If you’re taking that item and creating replacement tubes with your own design tweaks or making changes that improves the original performance then you could call it a custom.