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    Essential kit pricing knowledge (hopefully right area)

    While collecting info and looking for help in the thread I created in the juice section of the forums I found something I am really struggling to understand so thought I would share and see if any others have noticed and commented on this. If so please forgive me for bringing this back up.

    My better half has decided to start vaping as well to see if it is something she would like. She is smarter then me lol which she proved by saying we should do it together for support and to have another thing in common we can chat about and enjoy. Before i went to work I asked her just to have a look around the web and on youtube get a bit of a feel for it and see what information was available. Being a very logical person she of course ended up looking at larger businesses knowing that buying larger quantities = lower prices and found a kit she would like to try when she feels more comfortable down the track.

    This company is big, very very big and I nearly fell off my chair comparing prices after I started checking when they didn't seem right. Below are a small set of examples with their price and two small independent Aus vendors for comparison. I could list the massive differences for a long long long time....

    Smok Qbox Tank Kit Black
    Their price: $179.95
    Vendor 1: $60.00
    Vendor 2: $63.90

    Eleaf Istick Pico Starter Kit Silver
    Their Price: $129.95
    Vendor 1: $65.00
    Vendor 2: $63.00

    Smok T-Priv Starter Kit
    Their Price: $279.95
    Vendor 1: $89.90
    Vendor 2: $90.00

    Maybe I am thinking wrong but a lot of people would go to their local tobacconist hoping to get at least some advice or pointing in the right direction. But I really do wonder how many people have been completely turned off vaping by the above pricing that makes it to expensive to even start from a company the size they are. I would name them but not sure if I am allowed, so I just hope it is really hammered into new vapers like myself that shopping around is essential.
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    its normal also the T-Priv IS NOT a starters kit at all infact not even the qbox this is more starter https://vapoureyes.com.au/collections/innokin-endura

    and yes do shop around
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    Quote Originally Posted by saph View Post
    its normal also the T-Priv IS NOT a starters kit at all infact not even the qbox this is more starter https://vapoureyes.com.au/collections/innokin-endura

    and yes do shop around
    Sadly they have it listed as a starters kit.....

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    That is very normal The big places have big markups on everything and no knowledge on how to use it as a general rule. Smaller specialised sellers, a lot post here under vendor general heading, will offer good advice and very competitive prices.

    I always use this site for a quick price comparison https://vapeassist.com/
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    Welcome to the vape world, there are shops that supply at a fair price and know what they are talking about and then there are those that are blatant rip-offs whos only care is money, good to see you are doing your research. Don't be scared of descriptions like starter kit ect, if they get you off the smokes.
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    The pico/ melo 3 combo is probably the most common setup I see people using, out in the wild.

    A number of my mates use them. They are simple, solid inexpensive and dependable.

    If I was just starting out, that would be the bit of kit I would hope to be advised to get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockmoose View Post
    The pico/ melo 3 combo is probably the most common setup I see people using, out in the wild.

    A number of my mates use them. They are simple, solid inexpensive and dependable.

    If I was just starting out, that would be the bit of kit I would hope to be advised to get.
    It seems at the moment for her first kit she is struggling to decide between the one you mentioned and for extreme ease of use the Atopack Penguin SE
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    I can't remember if it was @Jemor, or perhaps @ybnice that was our resident Penguin fanatic. Whomever it was certainly gave them high praise, and I think now has at least two or three in her collection. The pods from the original are interchangeable with the SE, apparently. If that helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockmoose View Post
    I can't remember if it was @Jemor, or perhaps @ybnice that was our resident Penguin fanatic. Whomever it was certainly gave them high praise, and I think now has at least two or three in her collection. The pods from the original are interchangeable with the SE, apparently. If that helps.
    I just hope she decides soon mate as I dug out my old pro vari and vmax from when I vaped back in 2011/12 till I decide on what I would like to get for myself and they have been kidnapped......
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    Yes, shop around. In Australia I'd recommend you stay with vape shops that only deal with vape stuff. Retail Tobacconists like Smokemart will try to apply their usual markup - 100 to 200% - on electronics/novelty items. The vapeassist.com.au site is a good place to see and compare street prices. That doesn't mean you have to buy from the cheapest, but at least you know what you're paying.

    I like Vapeking and Aussie Ecigs (Brisbane company) to deal with, and the prices are always fair.

    For a first device I'd recommend something really simple. The Innokin T20 or the EZ.watt. The EZ.watt is a bit in-between, being capable of restricted DL (direct lung) vaping.

    The T20 is strictly a MTL (mouth to lung) device. That is, it has a tighter draw. More like a cigarette and probably not too dissimilar to the older stuff you have (but way more efficient at delivering nicotine).

    A nautilus 2 on an eleaf pico would also be a great choice if you want something with more control.

    Other simple devices I'd recommend would be the Pockex, the older T18 or T22

    Whatever you buy now will not go to waste. It's really important to have backup devices so that if something goes wrong you have something to vape.

    Many of the "starter" kits these days come with full on DL tanks. That's not so likely to work for a smoker initially, though some people (who have not been smoking for 35 years) go straight to that, or transition to it very quickly.
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