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    Default Experiences of an Indian vaper

    I am going to ramble a bit so be gentle. I have been trying to reduce my smoking for over 4 years now and discovered ecigs just about then. My previous attempts proved futile thanks to Mumbai customs keen interest in my affairs and Dekang chemists unhealthy fascination for plastics, metals, socks and cheap perfumes.

    Most of the hardware stuff I used then were extremely flaky. Batteries won't work or give up in days, atomisers won't work, connections would be capricious at the best of times, and everything would leak. But the worst were the juices, I still have nightmarish memories of tasting old socks, industrial metals, oil pipelines and bathroom chemicals. The only halfway reliable devices were made by a company called Janty.

    It was very difficult to get accurate information even with research. I even momentarily considered setting up a global forum strictly for user interests as even then most of the forums and blogs were thinly veiled promotion and hype vehicles for the various companies springing up. Every review was a positive review.

    There is always an incestuous relationship between media and the industries they cover as reviewers can't buy everything and thus depend on stuff to review and news.

    I always look for reviewers who have negative reviews. In the media and on YouTube you will rarely find reviewers doing that, everything is great, everything is the next best thing, this is not credible or useful.

    Cut to 3 years later and morbid thoughts have once again compelled another expedition inspite of nightmarish memories of Dekang's chemists. I was happy to discover Indianvapers.com and the active and vibrant community here. Hardware has come along by leaps and bounds, we have enthusiastic and passionate folks like jay and ali solving the massive headache of eliquids with some finesse, saving all of us from the logistics, customs and anxiety of securing a supply chain. This is yeoman service.

    The hardware problem still exists but with rebuildables at least you don't need a constant supply of atomisers and coils. This is critical for us in India. I am super thrilled.

    As expected India customs have stepped in to dampen my enthusiasm and my lone order from my old favourite healthcabin worth some $250 is now stuck at Delhi for a month and with customs demanding 20k in fines and DHL adding 5k more for fun, it will likely be written off.

    I have made a new one at Fasttech but that’s at least a month away and I think its this that will deter most adopters.

    The time investment to know what to buy and the shipping hassles rules out all but the most masochistic amongst us. I would really love if as a community we can figure this out,

    One other thing I wanted to share is I was never open to non tobacco flavours. The way I thought is cigarette smokers are fond of the tobacco taste and not vanilla and assorted fruits, so that won't really work and ruled it out as a silly distraction. It didn't help that most fruity flavors 4 years ago were sickly metallic sweet.

    Most current tobacco flavours do not replicate cigarettes in any way and are more often than not unpleasant and I would urge new users to have an open mind.

    If you absolutely must have tobacco then the only half decent tobacco flavor that I have found after 4 years and trying over 30 is Johnson Creek's Red Oak Tenessee. Beyond that explore some of the vanilla custardy flavours, unlike others flavours they have a body and some depth and can be a pleasant way to get your nicotine fix.

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    Default Re: Experiences of an Indian vaper

    Danm!!!
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    Oh man, feel sorry to know the problems you've been going through.

    What all you ordered from HealthCabin? Are you from Delhi? As far as I know, Delhi customs isn't all the strict in comparison to customs in other cities.

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    @Andy - its to Mumbai from HK but DHL shipped it via Delhi. The problem is I know from experience but it slipped my mind. If you are shipping by DHL, the shipping invoice must match not only the actual invoice but also the paypal/cc invoice incase customs holds the package. They will then ask for these.

    In my case customs held the package. The paypal invoice included both liquids and solids but these were shipped separately and thus there was no match, and worse I forgot to tell healthcabin and they undervoiced as they routinely do. This has caused customs to demand a penalty of 20k, and DHL demurrage charges of 5k. Given the value of the parcel is much less than that it doesn't make sense to try to clear it.

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    I ordered from aliexpress last month they sent it through Singapore mail and marked it as a gift. The original amount was around 220$. Came through Delhi customs and didn't charge a single penny. Now i have another order coming from ft
    On Hong-Kong mail and this post is making me nervous because i think even ft guys undervalue or mark th packages as gifts. I think you you should avoid private shipping like dhl or fedex as they are most likely to get charged by customs. Had an similar experience with FedEx on bodybuilding.com. one order came through registered mail and they charged around 20%on product value and one came through fedex and they charged 65% on total value(product +shipping cost). Anyways goodluck for your next order hope it reaches you soon.

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    @nv I won't be worried. I have also had lots of packages held back, and some lost but I have also had lot of packages come through without issues, sometime in as little as 3 days from Hong Kong. Its a complete hit and miss.

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    The trials and tribulations of the Indian vaper
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