Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Denver Metro Area
Re: Sticky THIS! I Am Sick And Tired of Seeing Good BOTL Ripped OFF!
So, you're saying not to buy anything from Cheap Humidors, Bargain Humidors, CI, Cbid, Thompson, Holtz, JR, etc? These companies are just out to rip off BOTLS?
I believe that they are filling the demand for a price point that allows people to get into the hobby of keeping cigars, rather than going to the B&M when they want a smoke. Lots of people don't have the disposable income to drop $300+ on a first humidor, but want to take the next step. If all the furniture in your house is made from particle board and cheap veneer, then why would you consider anything better for cigars?
I don't disagree that a cooler is a better investment than a cheap humidor. I always suggest a cooler to anyone considering a humidor purchase. They are easier to set up and maintain, at a fraction of the cost.
I started with a high end humidor, and personally think that they are the biggest waste of money you could make...but to each their own. Everyone must make a personal decision between function, form, and price. Some people feel that a cooler isn't an option due to aesthetics, or the fact that a cooler doesn't breath like wood. There are plenty of people on this site who are successfully using inexpensive units. Maybe they had to improve the seal on their humidor or charge their humidifiers more often, but so long as they maintain a respectable rH and enjoy their smokes, more power to them. Thats an extra $200-300 that they can spend enjoying cigars, rather than spending it on an ornate humidor that doesn't give them any more enjoyment than their cheap unit.
Smoking isn't the kind of hobby that requires a lot of research to get started, so there will always be a lot of newbs making the same mistakes that the rest of us made when we got started. The whole point of this site is the exchange of information. I'm sorry you are annoyed by people asking the same questions or experiencing the same problems week after week, but everyone is at a different point in their journey. Without those redundant posts, this site would be DEAD. Luckily, different people chime in and offer up points that didn't come up in similar threads, which still allows more experienced members to glean some new information as well. Without that new content, your search rankings would suffer, traffic on this site would decline, sponsors would dry up, and this site would be no more. But at least you wouldn't be bothered by the same old shit.
Instead of making an angry rant and belittling members who purchase these cheap units, why don't you make a real contribution and tell people how to identify a quality humidor? Price is not a good indicator of quality. If you saw these humidors selling at MSRP, your advice would still yield the same POS. I've seen B&M's that carry the same crappy humidors that you see on the internet, but they charge hundreds of dollars for them.
If you're tired of answering questions, then by all means stop. I'm sure others would be glad to give back to the pot and help a newb, without getting bent out of shape.