Over the weekend, the Unlucky 13 retailer list that will carry an allotment of the dress box of the The Wolfman was released on the Saints and Sinners forums with several blogs publishing the list a few days later. Just like it does every year, it causes a firestorm of reaction amongst the cigar community, Tatuaje lovers and retailers. Last I heard, all of the Unlucky 13 retailers have all their dress boxes spoken for with many having an ever growing wait list. Why do people get upset? There are many reasons, though I suspect the primary reason is that most want the dress boxes. Those who have dress boxes from the previous releases of the Tatuaje Monster Series want to continue the trend. These collectors get upset that they can’t continue to collect these dress boxes if one of their local retailers are not on the list of the Unlucky 13. Here are a couple of tweets that Pete Johnson posted on Twitter.
So whats the solution? Ending the Monster Series would be a bit of an extreme right? Do you do away with the dress box altogether? Do you do the entire release in dress boxes? I don’t think Pete’s solution of creating two different dress boxes is the answer. I think that would just compound the problem as collectors would then want to hunt down both versions. There probably isn’t a perfect solution.
Personally, my solution would be retailers get bundled or regular boxes of the Monster Series with empty dress boxes available for sale to members of Saints and Sinners. Again, not a perfect solution but at least the money from Saints and Sinner memberships and possibly dress box sales would go to charity and another benefit of being a member of Saints and Sinners. As a member myself, it sucks that I pay a premium but have no advantage in any aspect of the Monster Series.