How to Prepare for Your First Visit to a Smoke Shop in Orlando

June 20, 2019

Whether you are a new or long-time smoker, looking for a new pipe is like shopping for a new computer—it’s an investment, so you want to choose one that you’ll be happy with and will last a long time. Ultimately, the goal is to select a pipe that works best for your smoking lifestyle, which is totally possible when you know the lingo and have some knowledge of the items on the shelves. Those new to the smoke shop scene may find comfort in asking a smoke shop employee for assistance—we are friendly, knowledgeable people, and always ready to help!

As a new customer to any shop, the key to an enjoyable shopping trip is knowing what to expect and understanding what it is you are looking at. Here’s what your local smoke shop in Orlando suggests doing before visiting for the first time.

Do some research

Before going into any smoke shop, set aside a little time to do some research. It’s good to know what things cost these days, what’s new in the pipe and smoking accessories industry and the best brands to focus your purchasing power on. If you are looking for a glass pipe, it’s not a bad plan to watch videos on the glassblowing process and what to look for in a quality glass piece. Learn about the different pipe shapes and sizes, where to look for flaws and the average price tag for the pieces that draw your interest.

Regardless of whether you want a glass pipe, vaporizer or e-cig, doing your homework on the exact piece you want before walking into a smoke shop will help you greatly. To figure out the smoking apparatus that’ll meet your needs, base your search around what you plan to smoke—dry herb, tobacco, concentrates, etc. How much money are you willing to spend on your new pipe or smoking accessories? Determining your price range ahead of time helps shop employees help you.

Review proper terminology

If you are not all too familiar with smoke shop terminology, hop online for a crash course or quick review. This helps first-time smoke shop visitors understand the products, as well as the strict regulations placed on smoke shops. There are rules for everyone to follow, such as the shop being required to check ID to verify that a customer is 18 years or older.

Legit smoke shops are authorized to sell items for tobacco use and/or legal herb and concentrates. With this in mind, refer to any smoking apparatus with water in it as a “water pipe” and those that don’t use water as either a “hand piece” or a “dry piece.” Herb grinders have “pollen catchers,” while it’s fine to refer to dab rigs as “concentrate pipes.” If you are unsure what to call something, simply point it out to someone behind the counter and ask. You can find more terminology online or in your local smoke shop.

Are you planning to visit your first smoke shop in Orlando? Drop by New Galaxy Gifts any time to check out our vast product inventory!

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