Stopped in at the local pipe shop to pick up some aromatic tobacco. Up until now they have been very good about providing a free bowl of tobacco. I was always reminded to bring in a pipe and get a sample of tobacco. On the day of my purchase I packed up my MM with a sample. While paying for my purchase I was told of the change in policy. NO MORE FREE SAMPLE BOWLS OF TOBACCO. I have been smoking a pipe for forty years and this is the first time I have seen this happen. Is this a new trend in pipe shops? They told me prices have gone up so much they can no longer afford to give any samples. What do the forum members think. Thanks for responding.