From the Ninja's Desk - Fall 2016
I believe last we left off, I talked about my family vacation to Tennessee and announced the Cigars for a Year winners. This time, we’re head first into Fall and many of you have even started to feel the first snows of Winter, though down here in Florida you’d never know it. We’ve been dealing our own interesting weather patterns lately. Hurricane Matthew was coming directly for the areas that both our warehouse is in and where nearly all our employees live. We shuttered up our warehouse and homes for the better part of about 4 days. Although, the storm “wobbled” to the East by about 30 miles: sparing us it’s head-on Category 4 wrath, most of our staff was without power in our homes for those 4 days that we were closed. Here at the office, we lost power for a considerable time but our only major loss was our break room refrigerator. We’re glad that’s all we lost because we’ve been super busy making big plans for the holiday season, launching new customer marketing programs, updating product images and adding new products to the site. Had we lost more, a lot of work would have had to be put on hold to rebuild and we certainly want to avoid that whenever possible.
So, Ninja, you all ask, what exactly are you going to talk
about this time, because this weather talk is kind of boring. There are two
things that I’m exceedingly excited about. The first is that we’re about to
roll out a new feature on our website that I’ve spent some time working on with
one of our e-mail service providers and the second is that I got my first
request to join a Secret Santa gift-giving exchange last week and we weren’t
even out of October yet. So, I’m going to introduce you to the first and then do
what I’m hoping will be the first in a series of holiday gift-giving guides.
One of the things I hear a lot of times from customers is that they’re disappointed that we don’t ask for their opinion about the cigars they smoke often enough. That’s all about to change. We want to know the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to the products we sell and we want you to share your opinions with all our customers right on the very pages we sell on. We want you to help each other make wise buying decisions. We can write about cigars until we’re blue in the face with fancy writing and flowery words but at the end of the day some smokers simply want to hear it straight from another smoker and some smokers just love sharing their thoughts with the world. We’re trying to help benefit both types of smokers with this new initiative. With this new program, 2 weeks after you’ve placed an order with us, you’re going to receive an e-mail asking you to click a link that will take you directly to the page of a product that you’ve purchased from us, where you can log into your account and leave a short or possibly a long product review. As an added incentive to leave reviews, from time to time, I’ll be choosing some reviews at random to receive Ninja Prize packs or discount codes for your next order with us. Who knows, it might even lead to a guest spot writing for the CigarPlace blog at some point, so put forth your best work and you never know what might happen! The possibilities are truly endless.
Holiday Gift Guide
Secret Santa sign-ups have started already and for some people, that’s tough because they just don’t know what to buy their intended and they don’t want to be lame and just buy one of the things on their person’s list. So, what do you do? You check out some gift guides and you make some educated guesses and you get the person a cool gift or two from one of the gift guides and you hope that you did enough covert research to truly nail it! Or you do like my co-workers do and just buy booze! But for those of you that don’t punk out and take the booze route, here’s the start of the CigarPlace.biz Holiday Buying Guide.
For all the Golfer’s on your holiday list, I’ve got an assortment of gifts for you. Every golfer needs something to hold their cigar while they take their shot. We’ve got three options for you in that department. There’s the budget minded Cigar Minder which is like a Giant Chip Clip with a sort of hair-bow butterfly clip built on top for cradling your cigar comfortably. You can also stand it on it’s end on the ground if playing a walking round.
The next product I have for you is a small travel humidor made just for golfers. It's big enough to hold a few cigars and has an outer pocket to hold your cutter and lighter as well.
Then, there’s one other way to clip your cigar to the golf cart that you shouldn’t miss out on and it is the Get-A-Grip Cigar Clip. It’s a double-ended cigar clip that has a high-tension clip to clip to the cart and a lower tension, slightly weighted clip to always hold your cigar horizontally. All 3 of these products are priced between $6.20 and $14.95 making them perfect for stocking stuffers or a great addition to other golf-themed gifts this holiday season.
Smoking Den Gifts
Looking for a gift for your cigar smoker that isn’t necessarily the active type or just wants to fancy up the smoking den? Yup, the Ninja has got you covered there too. We’ve got some great Stinky Ashtray Sets that features three different sized ashtrays. Included in each set is 1 – Original 4-Cigar Stinky Ashtray , 1 – Personal Cigar Stinky Ashtray and 1 – Stinky Cigar Car Ashtray that sits in the cup holder of your car. These sets are a deeply discounted 59% savings below MSRP at $34.95 making them a great supplemental or Secret Santa gift for the smoker on your list.
Perhaps, ashtrays abound and you’re
looking for some cool fire instead for the smoking den. Suffice it to say, I’ve
got a product for that also. The
Tabletop Lighter by Alec Bradley
is one of the coolest lighters we’ve ever
used to light our cigars. It looks like one of those Bunsen burners you used in
high school chem class to light s#@t on fire; and who doesn’t want to do that
again? Priced at $35.95 these add an element of awesome to your smoking den
that is simply unparalleled.
For some time now, you, our customers have been asking us to bring into stock, lower priced cutters and lighters that still get the job done adequately, but that won’t bust the budget. You know which ones we’re talking about; the ones they bring to the cigar shop to let their buddies use and not have to worry about whether it gets walked off with; or the ones they keep in the garage, golf bag, car, kitchen junk drawer; and rely on to use as a solid back up to their trusty favorite when they can’t find it or leave the house without it. Or maybe you know someone that is just starting out in cigar smoking and you want to set them up right without spending a fortune. The Vertigo Big Daddy Cutter and Hornet Quad Torch Lighter or Renegade Quad Torch Lighter are just the answer for those situations. One of the things that make this cutter live up to its name is that the Vertigo Big Daddy Cutter will cut cigars up to 80 ring-gauge in size; more than adequately handling just about any cigar on the market these days.
You’d be hard pressed to find 4-Torch flame lighters for less than $15. Although, the Hornet and Renegade Quad Torch Lighters are great values priced at $9.95 and $11.95 respectively and they get the job done time and time again in our in-house testing. All three of these items make great stocking stuffers or add them to a 5-pack of cigars from our Five-Pack Feeding Frenzy section for a complete gift.
say, but Ninja, I must buy gifts for my office Secret Santa and no one there
smokes cigars and I still don’t know what to get them. Maybe they’re a
cigarette smoker and they would enjoy a
We carry those too. We have a wide variety of Zippo products including the
torch insert for Zippo cases should you happen to like that signature Zippo
flicking sound. I highly recommend the
Zippo All in One
. The reason I recommend this kit is that you get a Zippo lighter, Zippo Lighter fluid, and a case of extra Zippo flints for your lighter all for $14.95.
The other gift I recommend in this case is the Xikar 744 Cigar Cut Knife . While it’s designed to work as a cigar cutting knife, the consensus is that it isn’t the best tool for that but that as small pocketknives go, it’s fantastic. And I can’t think of anyone that can’t use a small pocketknife, especially with the number of Amazon Prime boxes that arrive at my house these days.
I know, I too, am still in disbelief that Monday was Halloween, despite my dressing up for the occasion for the first time in my adult life. My friends and I took their kids trick or treating and while all had a great time, the adults couldn’t help but notice how much had changed since we were kids. I’ll spare you all the details and of my waxing poetic with the nostalgia of day’s gone past. Of silly string battles and shaving cream fights, of toilet paper in the trees and yes, even eggs tossed at our friends, our enemies, and some stranger’s homes, but that all seemed to be missing this year. Hopefully, that sense of fun and adventure will be back amongst our neighborhoods next year. Minus the eggs… cleaning those up is never fun.
Yet, now it is time to look to the holidays ahead, for on the morning that this post will be published, most of us will fall backward and lose an hour. Here in North America, this will mean darker mornings and darker nights, colder weather, for many that also means shorter cigars and retreating indoors for smoke breaks if we're lucky enough to be able to. For those of you for whom that is not the case, my deepest sympathies and my invitation to smoke with me in Southeast Florida. Until next time, folks, happy smoking!