The world of vaping is seemingly in its quirky teenage years. You know, that time of life where the world kind of grows radically and changes on a daily basis. Vaping has moved out of being simply a subculture hobby into a much more mainstream movement. This has serious ramifications. Not all are positive. The elusive cool factor of subcultures notoriously dies as soon as popular culture decides to own something. So as a whole host of 65 year old women begin vaping, there are likely at least a handful of geeky guys whose tears are dripping down onto their latest sub-ohm coil build.
But the upside of growth, and it's a major one, is that the more people that get behind technology like this, the faster it all moves. I've been vaping for less than a year (more like six months) now and just in that short time, I've seen tank technology, atomizer technology, and battery technology all explode. It seems like every single day there is some new technology. I'm not just talking about some new device. I mean a whole new engineering that yields the kind of improved experience that benefits us all.
And none of this is possible without the mass of sales that is precipitated by a mass of people entering the vaping community. Every 65-year-old lady who walks into a local shop and purchases an eGo battery with a clearomizer on top of it paves the road for that growth.
I have a list of links on a page here to online vendors that I've bought from and really appreciated. That said, I also have three local shops in my town that have opened in the past months and sell supplies and e-juice. I've bought from all three of them and I will continue to. When I've purchased online, it is because I am buying products that are not readily available here. As a matter of fact, I just bought another KangerTech ProTank 2 last week from one of my local guys. And I paid more for it when I did. I could have ordered the same tank from an online vendor for $10 cheaper including shipping. I didn't have an imminent need that necessitated having it in-hand that moment. I bought from my local vendor to support her business.
I believe that we should all be doing as much of that as possible. If you are a hobbyist and are looking for supplies that far exceed what your local guy will ever carry, then by all means, order from the excellent online vendors that carry all the cool stuff. When you can support your local shop, you should absolutely do so.
More importantly, when someone sees you vaping and asks you about it, point them to a local store where they can get started. If the local guys are really incredible at anything, it is in helping the folks who have zero knowledge of vaping. They offer a personal level of service that you just can't get online. And they allow the 65-year-old woman who has been a smoker all her life to touch and experience the very technology that can change her way of life in an incredibly positive way.
In the end, these local guys are the catalyst to the explosion in vaping. Talk to them. Get to know them. Buy from them. Spread the word about their business. Your new quad-coil sub-ohm RBA is likely on your mod right now thanks to a little army of old women and folks who may never know what any of those terms even mean.