Written by Puff Staff

Thursday, 11 July 2013

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After you’ve been smoking cigars for a while, you probably have a “wish list” of sticks you’d like to try. There may be obstacles standing in your way to trying some of them, like price and availability. We can’t help you with the former, but may be able to give you a few tips on tracking down hard-to-find cigars.




Be nice to your local tobacconist.
Who else knows better how to get his hands on the most coveted stogies? After all, it’s his business. Check out all the cigar shops in your area and pick a couple for more frequent visits. Choose one as your home-away-from-home and make friends with the owner.

To get in his good graces, visit the shop frequently, always buying something and engaging the owner in conversation. All cigar sellers love talking about their stock, so compliment him, telling him why you love shopping at his store. This, combined with spending a lot of money over a period of time, should help you become one of his favorite customers.


After a while, start asking him questions about the availability of the rare or limited edition cigars you’ve been looking for. Don’t do this on your first visit, or you’ll mark yourself as an opportunist. Be nice. Spend money. Send him a Christmas card. Ask how the family is doing. Then bring up the subject of those prized cigars you want.

Hopefully, by now he likes you enough to give you some info on whether he has access to any of your favorites, and if he doesn’t have what you’re looking for, he knows where to order them or if and when another shipment of them is likely to come in.

Your local cigar emporium is also a great place to make friends with other cigar lovers, especially the ones who share your fondness for rare and limited edition sticks. If you make one shop your favorite destination for cigar shopping, you’ll probably see some of the same customers more than once, so chat them up. You may make new friends who can turn you on to other great places to find the items you crave.  Be sure to use good judgement when bringing up this subject in someone else's cigar shop as you don't want to make an enemy with of the owner.

Cultivate your online retailer.
If there’s no really good tobacco shop in your area, or you’re looking for something special to add to your collection, maybe it’s time to check out the online cigar retailers. Look for the ones that frequently get shipments of the rare or limited edition types of cigars—but sell out quickly. Zero in on the most promising sites and start forging a relationship. Sign up for the mailing list of the ones you like most.


It helps if the site has an owner who likes to talk with his customers. Buy lots of stuff and ask lots of questions. After ingratiating yourself with the owner or member of the site’s staff, ask if they have a “preferred customer” list of people who get notified when stocks of special items come in. If the online retailer says no, maybe you should move on to one that’s more cooperative.

Still not able to get your hands on limited edition or rare hard to find cigars?  Keep reading because we've got more tips for you.

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