I'm pleased to say I have been purchasing my Golden Virginia tobacco on the web since 2006 and I have never not received my order. The best place in my opinion to get it if you live in the UK is CQOut.co.uk. It's cheap and secure. It's basically an auction website simular to ebay. But with CQOut the buyer makes the payment when ordering. But the seller does not receive his or her funds until the buyer clicks a button confirming that they have received their order and they are happy with it. So it's pretty much scam proof. I recommend the seller sales_rewm but any should be fine
Warning. In July 2010 I thought I would purchase some cigarettes from an online shop. I am still waiting for them to arrive. When I have asked for the tracking details they have ignored my emails. I am unable to claim the money back from Royal Mail or my Credit Card Company as I do not have any tracking details so I have lost the money. I strongly advise against them, they may be cheaper but there more expensive if you dont receive the goods you have paid for. The actual site I used was WWW.tobaccoonline.co.uk this is an Australian site and a scam.
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My favourite online tobacco shop isn't a "smuggling" outfit, it's an actual English retailer - therefore not particularly cheap, although her prices do come in at the low end.
I first met Jenny when I had to go to Hereford. I bought some cigarettes in WHSmith, then the guy said: "You should have gone to the Butter Market". This sounded like one of those peculiar things people say in strange places - but it turned out the Butter Market is an indoor marketplace, which houses Jenny the tobacconist.
From her tiny shop she manages to procure every kind of tobacco you can imagine, all sorts of cigars & smokers' extras, plus the whole of Zippo's enormous range. It must be the Hereford Tardis! Prices are very good, but what really makes the difference is Jenny herself.
She gives great advice (she told me how to make Vanilla tobacco work with the Concept machine) and goes miles out of her way to get hold of whatever you might be looking for.
She's still adding product to her website so it's not all online yet - but, as the site says, you can just ask Jenny. She gets right back to you with the info and a price.
One of those diamond retailers, when we find them we keep them to ourselves! Well, not any more ;)
She's at www.theherefordtobacconist.co.uk (01432 357737)
In January this year I decided that I would try and purchase cigarettes at a cut price from an online web-site. After perusing the various sites I decided to choose www.tobaccofromspain.com. Their site seemed easy to use, informative and most of all, reasonably priced. I purchased 800 B&H (being the unofficial legal EU limit you can legally ship into this country for personal consumption). I ordered these online and paid £88 inc shipping costs via secure payment. It was stated the goods would arrive within 10 days. Three weeks later nothing. So I e-mailed tobaccofromspain to see what the problems were. I received a promt reply saying there were problems finding a "safe" route into the UK. I was astounded. I bought these items safe in the knowledge that I was not breaking the law (or so I thought). Anyway, they agreed to send a replacement free of charge. Three weeks later.............still nothing. I e-mailed tobbaccofromspain again but this time received no reply. So I did some investigation and found that the company was run by a larger company called Globall Communications based in Madrid. So I called them, and in my best attempt at Spanish (their english was as good as my spanish) managed to find out that there had been a delay in sending the cigareetes but they would be with me within 5 days. Three days letter I received an official looking letter from Customs and Excise stating that a lorry containing a vast quantity of cigarettes had been seized at Hull, and my measly consignment of 800 cigarettes had been onboard this vehicle. They stated I was in violation of UK law and any further attempts to purchasecontraban would see me in court. At this, I again called Madrid and explained. They offered to send a replacement consignment, again free of charge. I refused, due to the fear of the consignment being seized again and me appearing in front of the wigs. I asked for a refund, to which they agreed. F
our weeks later I checked with my credit card company, no refund. I called Madrid for the third time and they told me that they were unable to process my refund due to the payment being processed by an outside agency (Banco Bilbao Viscaya, a large spanish bank). They told me to contact my credit card company, and they would send me a form which I was to fill in saying I had paid for goods I had not received. They would then approach BBV to obtain a refund on my behalf. I was not best impressed, especially considering when I asked for my money back the person who I spoke to's english suddenly deteriorated!!! Sure enough, my credit card company sent me a declaration form which I filled in. They then tried to obtain my refund. About a month later I got a letter from my credit card company saying they could not obtain a refund and I was to approach the company I purchased from directly. I explained that I had and they had told me to go to the credit card company. So then, Stalemate.....! So here I am, 9 months later, no cigarettes and £88 worse off as well as the bill for my various calls to Madrid. I feel bitter about my experience and especially the fact that no one will help. So I want to warn people against the idea of buying so called "cheap" cigarettes. Cheap they may be, but Im sure I could buy no cigarettes for cheaper!!!! And as far as I know, Im not alone. It seems legal for an individual to send you cigarettes from a foreign country, but getting them from an organisation and certainly paying for them is impossible! It seems the only way is physically going abroad and bringing them back yourself, dodging through the massed ranks of egotistical customs officals on the way back. One piece of advice, DONT TAKE YOUR CAR!!!!!
Right, now let’s start at the very beginning... Cigarettes, cigars and tobacco are very expensive in the UK, primarily due to the high taxes payable on them. The taxes are justified due to the high number of smoking-related diseases, and therefore the tax burden effectively pays (in theory!) for those people silly enough to smoke in the first place. Now, I’m a smoker, and yes, I know it’s silly, and yes, I know I shouldn’t, and no, it doesn’t make me any bigger, more grown up or clever. It’s a filthy, dirty and expensive habit but what can I say? I’m an addict. And I can’t really afford it, but anyway… Now I don’t want to get into a debate about the rights and wrongs of smoking but I do want to share some very useful information for the bargain-hunting smokers out there. Can you buy cheap fags online? Is it legal? Do the normal restrictions for personal use apply? It was to find the answer to these questions that I set out on my mission, to locate and ultimately purchase the cheapest cigarettes in the world. First stop, an op by a famous dooyoo-er about a company in the States. I clicked my way around, but was disappointed to learn that a carton (200 cigarettes) of Marlboro Lights was roughly £36. Now this is cheaper than the UK but it’s not THAT much cheaper. Undeterred, I continued my search. Next stop were a few companies based in Spain that seemed a bit complicated – on one of them you had to fly out and collect the goods yourself, which seemed to defeat the object somewhat. Another required that you placed an order so large it was prohibitively expensive (for me). This time the savings were a bit better, approximately £22 for a carton of my staple Marlboro Lights. But, I thought, I can’t order 10 cartons at once, my credit card wouldn’t stand for it. It aint that flexible, or that friendly, come to think of it.
<br> <br>So I trotted around a bit, and eventually came across a site featured on dooyoo as a Top Shopping site called worldsmokes.com (I presume these are paid for by the way as there were no reviews of the site in question). I followed the link, and was impressed to find a plethora of brands, all at truly bargainous prices! For example, my Marlboro Lights were a mere £17 per carton, and that was including the two-and-a-half-US-dollar postage! Result! But it seemed too good to be true. The only catch I could find on the site was that the minimum order was 3 cartons – that’s 3 x 17 = £51. I was still a little sceptical though so I emailed them, asking whether taxes would be payable for UK imports. The very next day I got a charming little email back from them in an amusing version of English (bless ‘em) that basically said that they were based in the Dutch Antilles, and despite being in the Caribbean, they were classed as an EU member so no tax would be payable. Blimey, I thought, salivating at the thought of oh so affordable smokes, this would reduce my smoking budget massively! I’d have so many more pennies to spend on any number of other things! Joy. I went away to have a little think about it and while I was making some toast, I thought to myself, hmmm, must double-check the EU status of the Dutch Antilles. So returning to my tool for ultimate bargain hunting I surfed a bit around various general travel info sites, roughguide, lonelyplanet etc. None of these said anything about the Dutch Antilles being part of the EU, the currency was the Netherlands Florin, but as far as visas and the like, it sounded very American. So I went to the Europe Online site, which is a very complicated-looking index of all EU directives, functions, treaties etc. Of course it listed the Netherlands as a member state, but not the Dutch Antilles. A bit put off by the scope and content, I tried the UK c
ustoms and excise site (www.hmce.gov.uk) for clarification for the layman. This site was a lot more consumer friendly. Although initially finding myself in the ‘Exporting from UK Businesses’ section, I quickly navigated my way around to online shopping, and from that, a special section dedicated to ‘Buying Tobacco Over The Internet’. Hey presto. Ok, here I found all the answers to my questions. Smokers, please be seated, you will be very disappointed. Regardless of whether the Dutch Antilles are an EU member or not, shopping over the internet does not play by usual EU tax rules. For example, if you bought the cigarettes in a member state IN PERSON, you’d only be expected to pay the taxes imposed by the country you buy them in, subject to them being solely for personal use. However, buying over the internet is classed as a commercial activity and taxes are payable IN THE DESTINATION COUNTRY. The site makes it very clear that if you purchase cigarettes from abroad you must check whether duty will be paid by the company you’re intending to buy from – if it’s not, your cigarettes will be seized. As a guide for working out whether tax is included in the price it tells you that duty on a carton of king size (ie normal) cigarettes is £32.20. But, it goes on to warn that you can’t just pay the tax and get your fags: once seized, you may as well forget them because they won’t give them back. Spoilsports. But what if a friend sent them? Ah well this is different. From a private individual to a private individual is not a commercial activity (providing no money’s exchanged hands and it’s only ‘occasional’), so tax paid in the country they’re bought in is fine. Bear in mind though that this only applies to the EU – if sent from outside the community the definition is much tighter: shipments must be of an occasional natur
e, for personal use, they can’t have been paid for, and worst of all, the goods can't exceed £36! And as for cheap tobacco, well you can’t receive more than 50 cigarettes/10 cigars/50g tobacco. Completely useless then. So, suitably scared by the prospect of prosecution, I gave up on my quest for cheap cigarettes over the internet. Shame really because that means I’ll have to stop soon and I actually quite enjoy smoking. Either that or I’ll have to recruit a load of ‘mules’ and become the baroness of an illegal cigarette cartel. Not really my style. Booze cruise anyone?
And I know I shouldnt smoke, but I do, tried to give up but it seems I do not posess the will power. So the next best thing I thought was to find cigarettes cheaper AND legal. So I searched around. There are a number of sites online you can go to, generally based in Spain or France, that you can order cigarettes from, different sites have different minimum order quantities, different prices, but they all have a maximum and that is whatever it is legal for a person to bring into the country if they went abroad and purchased them and brought them back. Its worth doing a bit of a comparison though and checking out all the small print. I didnt go for the cheapest option, a company that offered me 800 Benson and Hedges for £90.00 (including p+p) As they implied in their small print that it was a possibility that their goods could be seized by the VAT peeps. Instead I went for a slightly more expensive option, still costing under £3.00 a packet (incl p+p) but sent with a certificate saying these goods had had tax paid on them in the source country etc, and so if they were opened by Customs and excise, they would be sent straight on to me, without any nasty letter asking for a high tax payment. As with most of these sites you have to tick a declaration box that these are for your own use, and you do not intend to resell them. The good point of this is, it isnt going against the law, ie, not blackmarket. It is legal. The company I have used send them out the same day i order them, and I have always received them within 5 days. You have to use a credit/debit card for your purchases, but thats all. I have never had my card abused, and all the cigarettes I have ordered have arrived securely packaged and within 5 days. So you save on the taxes, dont waste money on flying or going over to France on a ferry, (which always make me sick, and I inevitably end up spending far more than I would have saved) The cigarettes supplied are made
in this country!!!. So you dont have to have the continental or american flavour versions, unless you really like that. they also sell tobacco and cigars. I haven't put the sites addresses here because I believe that would be tantamount to advertising, if I have misunderstood that do let me know and I will correct that directly. All in all I have had nothing but a good experience from it, and have used this service several times over. There is no money to be made by me encouraging more people to use this service. On a political note, I object to the government taking so much tax, thats meant to be going to the NHS and then refusing to say how much financially they give the NHS, and especially when the NHS tend to look down their noses at people like us who smoke.