Debunking the 5 Myths of buying from Online Headshops

If you’re planning on making a purchase at an online headshop in the near future, you’ll be in good company. It’s interesting to note that the market for smoking accessories generates about $10 billion annually in the U.S alone. Unfortunately, there are many consumers who have a difficult time entrusting their business to online retailers. This is primarily due to the 5 myths about purchasing items from an online headshop. Read on as we debunk each one.

Chances are, your items will be broken when you receive them – FALSE. Online headshops don’t have huge warehouses where things move around on conveyor belts before getting picked up and packaged for shipping. In fact, the majority of these tasks are done by hand to ensure less breakage and damage. Additionally, each piece is individually wrapped in quality packing supplies so that there is minimum damage even if the package is roughly handled.

It’s illegal to purchase items from an online headshop – FALSE. As long as you’re 18 years of age or older, it’s perfectly legal to purchase smoking accessories from an online headshop. Whether it’s a bong, pipe, or vaporizer, you can purchase it without fear of penalty or recrimination. This applies to any smoking device and accessories. As long as you’re of age, there’s nothing to worry about.

Online headshops sell black market items or knock-off merchandise – FALSE. If they did, you can safely bet they wouldn’t be in business for very long. It’s a given that world-class brands have to compete with fake goods that are manufactured overseas by “sweatshops” who are proficient at reproducing the real thing. However, legitimate headshops can smell a fake piece of merchandise a mile away.

Prices at online headshops are always higher – FALSE. Granted, prices will vary from one headshop to the next because of some exclusive items. However, for all intents and purposes, industry competition creates noticeable price parity or uniformity most of the time. In fact, online pricing is often cheaper because of less overhead, no taxes on square footage, and no monthly leases to pay.

Your information won’t be private and secure – FALSE. Although no online site is 100% secure, protecting the customer’s privacy and the security of their personal info is priority #1. Online headshops are PCI/DSS compliant and never retain any credit card information or personal data without the consumer’s consent. Besides that, most shops feel that the less data and files they have to store, the better off they’ll be.

Hopefully this has cleared up any doubts you have about shopping for your smoking accessories online. For more information, call Tank Glass today at (323) 364-7952 or e-mail us by clicking here.

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