Category Archives: Best of the Best
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.
I’ll be honest with you. Often, it can be difficult to sit down and write one of these because the field of choices I have to chose from is not only getting smaller and smaller every day, but is very rarely of anything even close to a caliber that would make me want to review it all. They are hastily built, devoid of any attention to detail or form of customer assurance, and, in cases we’ve covered previously, operation in downright illegal fashions. To review them would be little more then a wholesale dismantling of every facet of the site, nearly identical from week to week as I point to flaws with presentation, service and so on. A few weeks ago, when I came across today’s contestant, I was cautiously excited. The outfit was slick, well designed, and quite impressive. I’ve seen these sorts of places come and go in the blink of an eye, however, so I tried to hold my optimism in check. I included them in a cage match, as well as used them as part of last week’s comparison piece, and as much as I hate clowns, I have to tip my hat to this big top. The Super Fun Cave is definitely a circus worth visiting.
I don’t really like credit cards. I’ll get that out of the way now. It’s too easy to be irresponsible, and I’m more than a little unammused about the idea of entire companies that exist and make money by doing nothing but giving me access to money that is not only imaginary, but is money I don’t actually have. That being said, given the prevalence, indeed the preference, of online commerce that I and most other people seem to have, it’s obvious that credit cards aren’t going anywhere any time soon. So faced as we are with the challenge of using these things, it behooves us to educate ourselves a little about who exactly we’re giving our digits to and what exactly is being done with them. I’ve written before about the actual process of paying with credit cards, so you can go read that for a primer. What we’ll do here today is take a look at 3 different vendors in comparison. We’ll examine what is being done right, what is being done wrong, and how to recognize trouble waiting to happen.
Like most of you, and indeed, most sane people, I’m not all that big a fan of Twilight. The only reason I bring it up is because, apparently, the latest installment of the movie franchise hit the shelves this weekend, which means we are that much closer to the inevitable cultural death of this thing. I was always more a zombie fan myself. Call me crazy, but there’s something more entertaining about the desperate struggle for survival against enormous odds and hordes of undead than halfhearted sighs over perpetually sparkly high schoolers. And that’s about as clear an introduction as I can manage for the subject of today’s expedition, another Cage Match review with the popular and apparently quite potent line of potpourri known as Zombie Matter. Four sites enter, one emerges, and for the rest…well, hey, zombies gotta eat.
There are business and marketing practices that, when implemented properly, are generally regarded not so much as “correct”, but rather “safe”. I mean, there are no wrong ways to market yourself, just ways that won’t make you any money. We’ve discussed at great length what some of these less than profitable ways are, as well as explored the patterns we most often see the successful business follow. Every once in a while, however, you get something that comes out of left field and hits you like a sack of sweet Valencia oranges, like when some crackpot straps wings to some bike parts and decides to push the contraption down some sand dunes. You look at this thing and go “How does that even work” and yet somehow, despite all odds, it does. Today, we’re looking at the closest thing that Herbal Highs have yet to offer so far.
A goddamn talking chicken.
It isn’t often that we find a legal high provider who makes even the minimum decent effort, let alone the extra mile, to make their products or their presentation and sale of said items shine. Hell, most stop at “barely functional” and hobble on from there. Fewer still who actually reach for the stars truly make it. You wind up with instances like Scientifics, where the unique packaging and the, at least partially, image driven price for what is apparently an average quality blend pretty much deflates the whole thing. Or you get something like the Herbal Aroma Shop that, while well on it’s way, is not quite there yet.
Today’s offering however, the Code Black Incense Store, is as close to there as we’ve seen.
Today, we’re trying something new. Rather then just climb another mountain of criticism heaped upon another shill of a web store, we’re instead going to do a little comparison shopping. Finding a favorite product is only half the battle, after all. You also are going to want to know the best place to get said favorite product. I mean, if you know you’re going to go through a 10 pack of ramen a week, you’re gonna want to know where to pick it up reliably and on the cheap.
So we’re going to go looking and compare a couple of websites that sell the up and coming Bayou Blaster Incense, a Da Scent brand incense that seems to be gaining lately in popularity. The rules are simple. We’ll examine 4 vendors selling the stuff, taking a look at their shipping, their history, and basically everything we do here on a weekly basis anyway. We’ll pit their strengths and weaknesses against each other and figure out which site will give you the best bang for your buck. 4 shops enter, 1 will emerge. Who will be the victor in this no holds barred Herbal High Store Smackdown?
Read on to find out.
I’ve spoken many times about things that a website, particularly of the Legal High variety, should never do. There are, of course, obvious errors that arise from laziness, shady leanings, or downright ignorance. Far more often we encounter problems that are the result of poor taste, like the insistence that naked chicks and random noise are the best way to sell you wares, the result of poor understanding of a customer base, or just a poor understanding of business in general. These days, for better or (usually) worse, anyone can look up some info on the internet and start a business. Most, however, forget the first part, or they skim a dozen pages out of the middle of Internet Businesses for Dummies and think that they’re Donald Trump.
This is the reason why we’re looking at today’s subject, Swank Herb. It is not, however, for the reason you might automatically assume. While I doubt the people at Swank Herb are regular readers, they have nonetheless avoided the all too common pitfalls I enjoy ripping into on a weekly basis. That is to say, as near as I can tell, Swank Herb doesn’t do anything wrong. What makes them peculiar is that they don’t do anything right either. They actually don’t do much of anything at all. Swank Herb, in all it’s mediocre glory, is the epitome of average. Read the rest of this entry
I’ve talked time and time again about how ridiculously difficult it is to try and track down legal high sites that are both consistently stocked and that I don’t feel instantly turned off from buying from. Today, it seems, I’ve gotten lucky. I went looking to see if I could take stock of sites that are prepared for the “impending doom”. I started by trying to track down vendors of some of the larger brands of products like Lady Bubbles, Ivory Wave, and Crazy Train. While a lot of the core vendor sites, Am-Hi-Co being the primary exception, seem to be completely oblivious to the oncoming storm, I’ve noticed that most of the re-sellers and affiliates tend to be quicker on the draw with what is coming down the pipe. Although the response that a lot of these companies seem to be having is to close up shop, a handful, like today’s offering, are very obviously intent on not going anywhere. That’s actually how I found them. Not only is the Herbal Aroma Shop up front about the fact they’re having a sale, but they have an incredible selection. While not the tippy top of the Google list, I didn’t have to scroll far to find them, even when searching for a variety of brands. So aside from selection and decent prices, what do they have to offer?
While I cannot locate the exact place, I believe at one point I have referred to the legal high market as the Wild West. Here, a few months in, it is obvious and apparent that the description is apt. In the past few weeks, let alone the months that I’ve been writing this blog, things have rapidly changed. As I said, however, it’s par for the course. Companies I review one week are gone the next, products disappear almost as soon as they are released, emergency bans and legal action take out whole sections of the industry in single strokes. Change is truly the only constant. So where do things stand now, at this point in time? Who is still going strong, who is gone, who has made heroic comebacks, and what do legal high aficionados have to look forward to in the coming months? This seems as good a point as any to take a breath and ponder what we’ve learned. Read the rest of this entry