Either this provider is on the newer side or it completely slipped under my radar. In fact, I only heard about this site while lurking on the Legal High Network Forum. After several mentions, I jumped over to Wicked Herbals to take a look and was decently impressed with what I saw. The site isn’t incredibly elaborate but it is well laid out and doesn’t resemble the hack jobs that so many sites consist of. Either someone in-house has a working knowledge of website construction or they threw someone a couple of bucks to build a professional looking website. Either way, my eyes say thank you. Read the rest of this entry
Forgive me in advance if this post is a little more serious than usual but I have a few points to make that, hopefully, you’ll all agree with. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last week, or maybe you just had one hell of a Memorial Day weekend, you’ve probably heard about the so-called “zombie attack” that happened in Florida recently. While the horror of this crime is extreme to say the least, the reaction to this attack in the media (both traditional and social) is almost as appalling.
Today’s (admitedly brief) offering is meant to serve as an example of an acceptable, if slightly less then desirable, baseline one can use to measure the bare minimum to demand from an online herbal vendor. This isn’t to imply that they are a particularly good example of a vendor, but they’re a reasonable approxamation of the bare bones you should look for. Kind of like it takes more then a set of wheels and an engine to make a car, but you aren’t getting very far if the basics aren’t accounted for. Our look at K2IncenseOnline is all about the basics.
Wow. I mean, really. There is laziness, there is ignorance, and then there is just plain insulting. Any one of them, even the last one, could be forgivable in under the right circumstances, and usually, thankfully, you really only have to put up with one at a time. Today’s offering, however, Herbal City, is nothing short of a spectacular clusterfuck that seemed to be built by thumbing through “How To Build An Effective Website” and then doing the exact opposite. The thing is, however, while there is an element of laziness seen with Herbal City, it is obvious that there was some effort put into crafting this site, just in the completely wrong places. If I didn’t know better, I’d say the whole site was one giant troll. There is no way someone could accidentally stray so far from aesthetic sanity, thinking that the garbled mess of clip art and wall o’ text actually looked good. Then again, this is the internet we’re talking about.
Every once in a while I come across a site that genuinely tries and just can’t quite figure it out, one of those deals where they do indeed do their best, but the best isn’t nearly enough. It instills a rather paternal sense of pity in me and I just sort of want to pat them on the proverbial head and give them a glass of warm milk and one of those ribbons you find at craft stores that say things like “Great Effort” or “I Can Dress Myself” (my favorite was always “Bedtime Champ”). Herbalaxation is very solidly in this camp. They try, they really do, and bless their heart the effort shows, but the effort, though in earnest, still falls short. It’s a good effort, but is it good enough?
Have you ever considered the idea of dualistic culture? Mirror culture might be a good way of thinking of it too. Basically, I’m talking about how you have one part of culture creating a class of people that is a) exclusive and b) desirable. What this sometimes results in is a cultural vacancy, a sort of holding area or crust just below the upper crust, if you will. Consider the Legal High market and all the products it contains. It’s not as though someone sat down and said “Hey, I want to find some bath salts to snort” or “I would really like to find a herbal incense sachet that can get me high”. Something instigated that. Namely, the want for (and apparent inability to get) weed and other drugs. In addition to emulating the experience, the people who fall into this sort of mirror, not quite counter, zone often try to emulate the lifestyle and culture of the source as well. And while not every dude out there is going to throw on Fog Hat and take incense rips, without actually sniffing some bowls, you might have a hard time distinguishing the true stoners from those not quite as fortunate.
One of the first reviews I did was of a little, overly musical joint called DaBrand. To this day, I still see traffic from people searching for that mythical, almost unicorn-ish provider that showed up, blessed the market with what seemed to be, by all accounts, amazing product, and then vanished. To this day I still have yet to discover the true fate of this once promising company (despite the unsolicited rap telling me to put some “kush up in it”. I’ll probably remember that jingle until the day I die).
One of the most noteworthy offerings on the site was a box of dick pills emblazoned with the likes of Karen McDougal, Miss December ’97 and Playmate of the Year ’98. Much like DaBrand, to this day I see a fair bit of traffic from people who come looking for titties, and stay for the wit. With that in mind, I came across a bit of good news I wanted to share with you.
Karen McDougal and her wang caps are back. At least, I think they will be, courtesy of SuperFunCave. While the product doesn’t appear to be live on the site yet, a little Google Chrome datamining came up with this:
Let the fapping commence. Well, on second thought, wait til I leave first.
Alright, so I didn’t really get started doing this on 4/20. It really hasn’t even been a full year I don’t think. Eh, close enough, and really, if anyone can think of a better day to do something like this, I’m all ears.
Regardless, it’s been quite the “year”. Dozens of posts and piles of comments later, we’ve seen the spectacular implosion of what was once a cornerstone of the industry, the rise of several new and serious competitors, some beefy legislative bumps, and a plethora of excitement.
Unless you’re a fan of bath salts. It was a bad year to be a salter. With all the negative press that bath salts gained this year, it was truly only a matter of time before that particular world came crashing down. By and large, the bulk of the state and local bans that came down were primarily leveled at the various powders. The few federal motions that were taken, such as the emergency DEA action later in the year, were mostly concerned with bath salts as well. As a result, most of the smaller vendors, many of whom relied on moving quantities of bath salts for their core revenue, have vanished. Some other vendors, even a few who had steered from offering bath salts, fell prey to state and local bans.
Speaking of vendors, the field has changed pretty radically. In a lot of ways, unexpectedly. Take Am-Hi-Co. One would not have thought that this time last year they would be beginning a thundering topple. Despite how easy it would be to actually build and corner the market, I never expected someone to actually step up to the challenge. A few existing contenders, such as the oft talked about Herbal Aroma Shop, have taken strides to improve themselves. Even with the marked improvements we saw, there was still more work to do. Then came Super Fun Cave, built from the ground up to trounce competition apparently. Time will tell, as they are only a few months old, but they look well poised to continue their well deserved rise in popularity.
Despite the popularity and availability of new wave products, it is still only a matter of time before things reach an inevitable head. Without other things to keep them occupied, it’s a sure bet that if nothing else the legislative beatstick will turn it’s hateful eye toward incense. Even now you see news articles cropping up with various mothers crying about neglected children finding ways to entertain themselves in the absence of parental interest.
As always, the advice is simply to enjoy it while you can and keep your fingers crossed that the party won’t end sooner rather than later, or at least, if it does, it’s replaced by a better one.
I’ve been meaning to do this for some time, and the comments on the last post have only served as impetus to do this sooner, rather then later. We’re going to revisit Am-Hi-Co and see just how hard the once great behemoth has fallen. After all, they were operating under a similar model before they brought in the American team to run things, but there was a reason they brought in the American team: the model they were using was hemorrhaging money. Perhaps under the tutelage of the Americans, using the example they’d set, the previous team was able to at least maintain the momentum enough to keep ahead of trouble. Somehow, however, I doubt it. Old habits die hard, especially bad ones.
There is a distinct division in the legal high community. On the one side of the fence we have people, a majority I’d say, who are perfectly content to purchase products like Zombie Matter or Flight 300, prepackaged little goodies with an experience ready to go. They take what I would call a fast food approach. I don’t know what’s in my enchirito. I don’t really want to know. What I do know is that it tastes good. I’m content at that.
For some, however, it’s not so simple. There are a small subset of people who, for whatever reason, dare to brave the alphabet soup of the reasearch chemical market, ordering baggies of things with names like 6-APB and N-adamantyl-1-fluoropentylindole-3-carboxamide (STS135) for short. It’s a daunting undertaking fraught with danger, requiring tons of reading, a healthy helping of patience, and a whole world of restraint. For those who feel up to the challenge, however, sites like Buzz Wholesale will let you take your shot.