A little ways back I was on the Cigar Outcast forum poking around like I normally do a few times per week and I came across mention of a new cigar site. What set this site apart was that it wasn’t like many of the other cigar sites out there, this one was geared towards the cigar collectors out there.
Before I tell you what it is, first follow me along this path so that you may see the usefulness of such a site. Lets say that last year you had a celebration of one sort or another. You got engaged to be married, had a child, graduated college, etc.
To make the occasion all the more special, you went ahead and smoked an Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial (fox example). The cigar was fantastic and made the event all the more special. Here we are a year later and the anniversary of such an event is fast approaching. You are fortunate enough to still have one or two of those Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial cigars around to carry out the tradition you started the year before.
As the third anniversary approaches, you realize that you can’t continue your tradition with a 2008 release of the Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial. You could always shop around and see if you could track down a rouge box sitting on a shelf at some random cigar shop, but there may just be an easier way.
That is where ISO Cigars comes into play. Rather than search out these cigars through forums or by calling around to local shops, why not set yourself up so that the retailer comes to you? With the use of ISO Cigars, you can sign up for free and create a list of any particular cigar you are searching out.
After creating your list, retailers can then contact you if they have the item in stock. Depending on the availability of the cigar you are searching out, you could potentially get several offers and simply reject those you don’t want and net yourself the best possible deal.
How It Works – From the ISO Cigars Website:
Once you sign up and have received the thank you registration email you are only a couple simple steps away from finding killer deals on your favorite cigars.
When you Log onto the site. You’ll see a drop down box at the top asking you to select a cigar manufacturer. Make a selection, then in the box below it, tell the retailers what vitola you are looking for. For instance, I am looking for a box of Padron 80th Anniversary Maduros. I select Padron from the drop down box, and in the grey box below it type in 80th Anniversary Maduro Perfecto.
Select the package you are looking for; singles, fiver or box. Then on the right, how many. So I just want three Padron 80th Anni’s for me and a couple buddies to smoke on New Years Eve. I select Single, type 3 in the box and hit the select button. I can search for as many different types of cigars I am interested in, and they will show up in the section “MY ISO’s.” Then just sit back and wait for your ISO’s to be filled.
Once a retailer responds, you can check out their offer. If you aren’t interested, you can simply reject the offer. You’ll be comparing offers anonymously through the entire process, so make sure to add as many ISO’s as you can think of. Why not see if our retailers can beat the best deal you can get?
Soon you’ll be bragging to your friends about the kick ass deals you got. Of course we hope you tell them about us, but either way you win.
After seeing the site on Cigar Outcast, I bumped into Jason (maxnmisty) at the Twitter Brothers of the Leaf Cocktail Hour in New Orleans. From the brief conversation we had, it sounded like something that many people could benefit from, especially those that are trying to create an annual tradition with a cigar from a couple of years back.
I have not used the site myself to try it out, but the premise is very interesting and it is free for consumers. From the conversation I had with Jason in New Orleans, retailers looking to sign up are required to pay a small free.