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Free Thinker

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Bulk and Gourmet Tobacco: Internet Sales
« on: August 03, 2003, 05:35:50 pm »

As many states seek to supplement their drunken spending with higher "sin taxes," the price of cigarettes is going through the roof.  I personally know a number of people, and know of many more, who are turning to bulk tobacco purchased from Internet sites, and using small, inexpensive machines to stuff tobacco into pre-formed tubes, which with some skill results in a cigarette virtually indistinguishable from the commercial (highly-taxed) product.

I think it would be a good idea to set up a web site which offers subscriptions to bulk tobacco and tubes, sent monthly or weekly, etc.  There are already a few sites doing this, but I don't think the competition would be a large concern, because more and more consumers are discovering this "loop hole" every day.  Also, there may be a good market for gourmet and specialty tobacco which may be more expensive and hard to come by; but without the taxes, costing the same or less than the $4-5.00 per pack paid for commercial smokes.

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Re:Bulk and Gourmet Tobacco: Internet Sales
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2003, 07:13:57 pm »

Sounds like a good idea.  

What about private label tobaccos?  Specially-grown, organic, greenhouse, whatever?  Are there laws regulating growing and selling tobacco, or only on tobacco products?

Also of interest, there seems to be a high-nicotine GM tobacco being grown in Brazil:

http://www.biotech-info.net/tobacco.html
http://www.pub.umich.edu/daily/1998/jan/01-08-98/news/news15.html

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Re:Bulk and Gourmet Tobacco: Internet Sales
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2003, 01:46:37 am »

Theres an awesome company based in Austin Texas I buy from. $6.50 shipping period.

Their tobacco is free of additives and junk too.

Most states charge you tax when you order cigs from indian reservations. I know Alaska is getting ready to get into that. But they wont (here) charge tax on bulk tobacco. And on that note, I am off to order more for just in case.  ;D
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Re:Bulk and Gourmet Tobacco: Internet Sales
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2003, 11:48:23 am »

Also of interest, there seems to be a high-nicotine GM tobacco being grown in Brazil:

http://www.biotech-info.net/tobacco.html
http://www.pub.umich.edu/daily/1998/jan/01-08-98/news/news15.html

RS

Wow, that stuff looks interesting.  Unfortunately, it will probably see most of its use in raising the level of inferior tobacco, but it might also do well blended with other premium tobacco to give it some extra kick.  It looks like it might be difficult to procure right now, but if it really grows as fast as they say, it won't be long before a good supply chain is built.



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