One of the most common questions that each one of us have thought in the past, is vaping cheaper than smoking? I'm sure, some of us maybe still weighing, which one is cheaper? Nothing wrong in thinking and analyzing the pros and cons of both. My conclusion from 2+ years of vaping is that if you are not an informed buyer, if you do not research properly and if you don't spend your money wisely, yes, vaping may turn out to be expensive than smoking.
For the newbies who are just planning to switch over from analogs to vaping, do not just jump onto the first thing you find. Chances are, you will just blow your money away and buy some crap products and then end up going back to analogs. So here's some information that may be really helpful to beginners and even to those who have been vaping on eGO type kits.
Definitely, you have to search/research what will work for you and what will not. There are many sellers out there selling crap products that may kick you back to analogs and there is nothing worse than that. So take your time to search around, explore forums like this and ECF and other forums where you can read what people have been saying about different products.
Don't just read but ask questions. Join a forum where you can ask questions about what worked for others. Learn from people's experiences. I'm NOT saying just trust blindly whatever people say but always ask before spending your money. If you are thinking of switching over from eGO kits to mechanical mods and rebuildables, there is a super steep learning curve. Ask a billion questions and be informed what's what.
Watch Youtube Videos
Youtube is full of experienced vapers who share their personal experiences, tutorials, tips and tricks and lots more. Know that you will have to spend time, take out some time and do watch those videos for a better understanding. There are plenty of good reviewers, follow them and subscribe to their channels.
Cross Check Prices
So you've planned to buy something. Have you tried to cross-check prices? Google the product you are planning to buy and then even negotiate with a couple of sellers on Alibaba or elsewhere. Spend some time in researching so that you do not get robbed. Ask your fellow vapers if a product is going to be a good investment. Again, ask questions if you wish to save your money.
Sharing is Caring
Last but not the least, if you have found something really good at really lower prices, please share. The need of the moment is to unite together and work together for a better tomorrow. Share information and resources freely rather than running your own show. Your contributions will decide if the vaping industry will survive in the near future or not. You may assume that certain info may or may not help others but every bit helps. Make others aware around you who are still on analogs, that's the best you can do to help yourself in the longer run.
To conclude, vaping can be cheaper than smoking/analogs only if we care to explore and spend some time in researching. My experience, yes, vaping is far cheaper than smoking in many ways. Wouldn't really get into the health part because that's a controversial matter and will defeat the idea of creating this thread but I'm sure, you know it is way better than stinkies