Cigabuy is an affiliate site of the Chinese web-giant TinyDeal. Unlike TinyDeal, however, Cigabuy focuses exclusively on eCigarettes, Vaporizers, and related accessories. Although not nearly as wide-reaching as its everything-store cousin, Cigabuy features one of the largest selection of eCigs and accessories anywhere on the web. Started in 2013, the 2-year-old company currently ranks among the top 65k most-visited websites in the world. Cigabuy is especially popular in the US and the UK, from where it sources almost 20% of its daily traffic. As eCigs continue to grow in popularity, and as other webshops start offering more eCig-related items, the question for most eSmokers has become not where to buy, but rather from whom.
As we're already fans of Cigabuy's sister-site TinyDeal, we had high hopes for the vape-friendly webshop. Our initial impression of Cigabuy was: wow! They really do have everything an eSmoker would ever need. Even in comparison with other eCig-specialized webshops, the size and scope of Cigabuy's selection was impressive. Everything from ready-build eCigarettes and eLiquids in every flavor imaginable, to Starter Kits and DIY mods for tinkerers.
We had no problems picking out a few choice items for our Test Order. Our 2 Vaporizers and a few different eLiquids arrived very quickly within 10 days. Everything arrived safe, sound, and well-packed! This is not always the case with discount webshops, so we were happy to see the Cigabuy didn't seem to cut any corners on its shipments. Read on for an in-depth review of our experience, and check out the chart below for our Pros and Cons roundup!
You can pay on Cigabuy with PayPal, Credit Card (Visa and Mastercard), Webmoney, YandexMoney, and Western Union. As experience PandaCheckers know, we always recommend paying with PayPal for international orders.
When you make a purchase with PayPal, you're protected buy their 180-day buyer protection program which allows you to request your money back in case something goes wrong with your order. PayPal users may also checkout using the PayPal Express Checkout button, which allows PayPal users to forgo making a Cigabuy account and completing the rest of their order on the PayPal website.
|PayPal||PayPal is the safest and easiest way to order online. We highly recommend it for international orders|
|Credit Card|| |
|Credit Card payments work here just like everywhere else: just plug and play. Pro tip: Process your credit card through PayPal to take advantage of the Buyer Protection.|
|Western Union||Western Union is the offline payment method that's probably older than your grandparents. Beware of extra fees.|
|Yandex Money||Yandex Money is a Russian PayPal competitor.|
|Webmoney||WebMoney is the main Paypal competitor in Russia.|
Unfortunately, Cigabuy offers no Free Shipping option. As such, your shipping costs may vary greatly depending on the size and weight of your order, as well as the delivery address.
You will always be offered the choice between Non-Registered Airmail and the Registered Airmail. On our test order to the US, these were the only options available. Our test order to Germany, however, also included an extra-fast option via PostNL, the royal dutch mail service. I suspect that whether or not you have an express option depends on your shipping address.
Customs is a tricky business. Most of the time, you'll never hear from them or see them. Rarely will you ever need to pay any extra fees associated with them. But when you do, either because of an improperly filled out declaration form or a random mail check, it's always best to know what to expect.
We always recommend reading up on your country's rules and regulations regarding international shipping and customs fees in case your order makes an unexpected stopover at your local customs office. For shipments entering the US, extra taxes and fees on your product are possible. Not every item is taxed when entering the country, and the majority are only subject to a nominal processing fee of between $2 and $9 in the case of a random customs stop. The amount to be paid, however, can vary widely depending on the product and how it’s sent. If you are concerned about your item, or are planning to order goods in excess of $500, it is worth it to check with the Customs Office at the port of entry to confirm any extra fees.
Any extra taxes or duties on your shipment will either be paid at your door when the mailman drops it off, or the package may be held at your local post office. In which case, you will need to go pick it up and pay any applicable fees in person.
Cigabuy gives customers the freedom of a longer-than-average Return Time of 45 days after delivery. If your return is the result of a defective or damaged product, Cigabuy will reimburse you for all extra shipping costs as well as for the price of the item. However, if you return an item simply to get an exchange or refund because of buyer's remorse, you will be responsible for covering all return shipping costs. All returns must be reported to Cigabuy's customer service department beforehand.
Cigabuy is a great resource for eSmokers and Vapers of any preference or experience level. From Starter Packs to DIY mods, Cigabuy really does offer a little bit of everything for everyone. The prices are also laudable, although the higher shipping costs can sometimes make savings on Cigabuy less attractive or even less of deal than on some other sites offering free shipping. But with a fantastic return policy and such a large selection, Cigabuy is definitely worth a look.
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|FastTech offers a large selection of tech items and is a favorite among savvy Vapers. Free Shipping will draw more than a few customers away from Cigabuy.|
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|Focalecig, like Cigabuy, is focuses exclusively on eCigs, Vapes, and accessories. Free Shipping and International Warehouses make it easier to stomach than Cigabuy.|
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