We live in a magical world where a couple of taps on a smartphone turns into a package that arrives within a matter of days! Groceries can be delivered, restaurant food can be delivered, and pretty much ANYTHING you want can be delivered through Amazon. But what about smoking accessories? Where do they come into play in the shipping game?
Brick-and-mortar head shops have been around since the 60s and have served as specialty shops for glassware and smoking accessories ever since. Their legality has wavered, as most shops in states where marijuana is not legal must refuse to sell their products if they’re used with the intent of getting high. Most of the time, you will be shunned if you say the word “bong” and sometimes, you’ll be politely asked to leave.
Trips to the head shop can be fun, but there are a lot of disadvantages to them that make the online marketplace so inviting. Here are some reasons why the online experience is becoming much more appealing to people!
Have you ever ran into someone you never wanted to see again at the grocery store? Fate has a weird way of making us meet up with people at the absolute worst times imaginable. Avoid a very awkward conversation with your boss or your parents at a smoke shop by shopping online! Behind the screen, you have more control, don’t have to deal with people, and can take your time making purchases. You don’t have to drive home with glass or a new vaporizer in your car when you can just order one right to your front door! This might not matter a lot to some people, but we thought we’d mention it for the ones who like to keep their private lives, private.
Making Informed Decisions
With all of the crazy devices and gadgets flooding the marketplace, you don’t want to spend time and money on a product that doesn’t perform the way you want it to. A lot of brick-and-mortar head shops carry outdated products that they try to push on their customers so that they can have shelf space for the newer models. You as a customer have to rely on what the salesperson is saying to you in order to make a sale, and don’t know if they’ve actually had experience with the product. Also, many head shops jack prices waaay up, and benefit from a consumer who has done no research into what devices should cost.
Online head shops don’t have shelf space, and they aren’t biased to a certain product! You can sort by the best-rated products, do your own research in the next tab over, and make an educated decision on which product suits your needs the best. There is no need to overwhelm yourself with feeling rushed in a shop or feeling pressured to buy a certain product. You can allow yourself time to do the research into different brands, reviews, and opinions to find what will work the best for your consumption!
With COVID-19 being a prevalent threat in our daily lives, many consumers have opted into buying things online as opposed to venturing out into the shops. Most head shops are stand-alone businesses that aren’t provided the necessary equipment to keep their shops as safe to customers as possible. Some shops, depending on where you live, may be shut down due to city ordinances, and buying from them isn’t even an option right now.
Online shopping gives you peace of mind knowing that you are making less trips out of the house and exposing yourself to less people. Yes, it might be appealing to those of you who have cabin fever and want to venture out of your houses, but through Boom’s website, shipping times are super fast so you won’t have to wait for your new goodies for long! Your immune system WILL thank you.
As stated above, making informed decisions and having researched products before you buy them will save you money in the long run. But did you know that shopping online helps to minimize your spending by making you contemplate your purchases?
It’s easy to go into a store and quickly become unaware of how much money you are about to spend. A carb cap here, a pipe there, a vaporizer and some cigarillos… the sales associate will hold all of these items at the register; out of sight, out of mind. They also might upsell you on a better model that you don’t particularly need, but it sounds great in the moment. Suddenly the cashier tells you your total and it is WAY above what you wanted to spend. How did this happen?!
When you shop online, it’s beneficial to see all of the items that you have in your cart at one time. You can contemplate the total, delete a product that can wait, and then enter in all of the shipping and payment information. The time between putting the items in your cart and the time you check out will help you become more frugal when choosing how to spend your money. You may see an item that you like better and choose to make an investment instead. Boom often runs promotions through emails that make your purchases an even better deal!
Couch-Lock is REAL
Sometimes, you just don’t even want to leave your couch. That’s okay too! We know that your time is valuable and driving out to a headshop may be the last thing you want to do. You’ve been wanting to spoil yourself with a new gadget that will enhance your smoking experience but don’t even know where to start. You can take your time and not worry about anybody judging you or feel like you’re wasting their time by browsing through the online catalogue in the comfort of your own home.
To Sum it All Up…
Shopping online is just overall easier. Boom’s mission is to provide you, the consumer, with the best online experience possible. We’ve weeded out all of the cheaply-made products so that you don’t have to waste your time finding the right thing for you. You have the ability to do your research, price match, and feel comfortable knowing that you have purchased a quality product. It was time that stoners took a step towards the age of online shopping, and Boom is ready to meet those expectations! Stay safe out there, friends!