Category Archives: Incense
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?
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.
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.
This is one I’ve been meaning to do for a while. Back when, one of my first articles was about a little outfit called Da Brand. I had a sort of love/hate relationship with them. They had a great brand presence (the likes of which I hadn’t seen again until Super Fun Cave) and, by all rights and reviews, a great product to go with it. It was almost enough to forgive them the fact that their site would spout trashy hip hop at me whenever I refreshed it or navigated to a new page. And then, one day, they vanished.
I have been buying herbal incense for about 6 months. I’ve been buying Rip its by DeBrand both at local stores and online. I first bought it at herbal insence connection. When I returned to buy more, the site was down due maintenance. After a couple weeks the site was back, but Rip its were no longer offered(only had 6 new products offered). I found Rip its at the K2 spice site at that time. But now, I can’t find it in stores or online. Went to DeBrands’ site. Rip its are there for sale, but when trying to pay (both credit card & PayPal) it says no payment gateway. I’ve sent DeBrand 2 inquiries. No reply. I went to another site and bought ten 1gm variety pack. TRASH & WASTE OF MONEY! Rip its aroma was so trippy and mind expanding, like no other. Does anyone know anything about why Rip its are impossible to find? Or where I could buy it?
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.
Well, here it is. I’m finally doing a review of Am-Hi-Co. It’s been a long time coming, and I never thought it would be like this. Late last week, I was contacted by someone claiming to be a former Am-Hi-Co employee. They had documents, snippets of conversations and emails, and all sorts of interesting info that paints a very interesting portrait of what amounts to a Legal High Hindenburg. Of course, I was skeptical. Being a student of, among other things, the Classics, I tend to assume automatically that any gift horse that shows up is likely packing a few surprises. That being said, everything seems to check out. The stories they gave me jive pretty well chronologically with complaints on various forums and “Sorry, we’re having trouble” posts on their own (seemingly deserted) blog, and a lot of the specifics and details seem to mash up as well. You all know how I am with data and research, so I can give you a reasonable assurance that what follows is, for the most part, the truth. As always, however, grab that grain of salt. If nothing else, you’ll have something to put on your popcorn to enjoy with the ensuing fireworks.
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.
Ladies and gentlemen, the future is now. Well, that is if you believe the hype from Scientifics Incense. A newer brand, and not carried very widely yet, the people behind Scientifics have proven to be nothing if not tenacious. They have even added a few new options in the past few months. Is there anything to it? Is their approach to web design and customer service as methodical as their approach (supposedly) is to incense design? Or do they need to go back to the drawing board?
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.