Posted by Tatiana Rodriguez | Filed under E-Cig Industry Info
Disposable electronic cigarettes are commonly found at gas stations and similar convenience stores, and they are the cheapest way to get started with electronic cigarette smoking. Disposable e-cigarettes, or “disposables” as most of the vapor community simply shortens their name to, are the most common retail product of electronic cigarettes.
If you are ever on the fence about electronic cigarettes or just want to try one for the first time and not go through the process of buying an entire e-cigarette starter kit, the disposable is the best way to go. Selling as cheap as $8.99 and going no further north than $11.99, these are equivalent to a couple packs of cigarettes or “300 – 700 puffs” as most advertising claims boast. A lot of that depends on your smoking style and how you really use the product, but it’s hard to argue a smarter way to check out electronic cigarette smoking than buying a cheap disposable product.
There are many brands currently dominating the retail space at time of publishing this update. I’ll do my best to highlight those brands below. (Special thanks to my friend Kevin who is in retail and knows a lot about the various distribution deals.)
Blu Cigs (which I recently reviewed) is probably the most commonly known brand that is now in the retail market. Their website states that they have partnered with over 12,000 retailers in the USA, and on their website they even have a store locator which can help you find a shop that sells Blu Cigs in your area. Pretty cool function!
I did a few zip code tests with Blu Cigs and could only pull up Walgreens in my area. Oddly enough, I typed in my relatives zip code in Minnesota and the search returned zero results. So, maybe its’ regional distribution, but I’ve seen them for sale in Walgreens with my own eyes so Blu Cigs definitely has that deal in place in some regions.
NJoy is another brand of electronic cigarettes that I’ve seen for sale in gas stations. This brand is an old guard in the e-cig space, having been around for a while. Their site goes one step further than Blu Cigs, in the respect that when I clicked “Find a store” it already had my IP address and showed various locations in my area selling NJoy products. I found Chevron, 7 Eleven, and HESS all selling Njoy. That’s some serious distribution! When I used my relatives address, it was showing numerous Holiday station stores. I’d have to opine that NJoy is the leading retail brand as far as reach. (Even if the reviews are mixed, can’t argue that Njoy is out there doing their thing in the retail world.)
Update: I found out that NJOY distributes to these retail partners:
- 7 Eleven
- A Plus
- EveryDay Shop
- Extra Mile
- Lil Cricket
- Next Door Store
- Corner Store
Disposable electronic cigarettes make sense for retailers because it’s very few SKU’s. The starter kits don’t make sense in places where people are buying a smoke because there are so many SKU’s for the retailer to carry and stock. It’s not a real easy way to make money when you don’t know what people will buy either. That’s why most retailers carry disposables in the most common varieties, like the tobacco flavor and menthol. Many don’t even make zero nicotine disposables.
Take Bull Smoke, for example – their “BuckShot” is the only disposable they offer at the moment because it’s probably the most popular. An 18 mg disposable Buck Shot is shown here so people can see what a retail product (disposable) e-cig looks like.
Here’s a shot of a disposable e-cigarette 20 pack, this one is from the Ever Smoke brand.
I’ll do my best to update this with more information and retail presence of disposable electronic cigarettes.