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Discussion in 'Pipes' started by Whalehead King, Sep 15, 2010.

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Where do you get most of your pipes?

  1. Online retailer

    18 vote(s)
    54.5%
  2. Local tobacconist (sole proprietor)

    9 vote(s)
    27.3%
  3. Chain tobacconist (three or more locations)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Direct from manufacturer (online or mail order)

    2 vote(s)
    6.1%
  5. Drug store

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Trade show/convention

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Swap meet/pipe club

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. Flea market/car boot

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. Head shop

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. Pipe smokers' forum

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  11. Inheritance or gift

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  12. Other (please specify)

    4 vote(s)
    12.1%
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  1. Whalehead King

    Whalehead King Balaenius Rex!!

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    I didn't see a poll like this when I searched the forum. While I suspect we all know how the answers will spread out, I'd like to see some hard statistics. Thanks to Falconeer for adding the term car boot to my vocabulary. I don't know if the poll will let you pick more than one. In my case, I'm a dedicated sole proprietor customer myself except for my cobs which I bought direct from MM (online) a long while ago.

    Thanks.
    WK
     
  2. Johnny

    Johnny Member

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    I tend to use either an etailer or ebay. I don't have a local tobacconist so I can't purchase them there. I've recently discovered buying pipes from etailers across the pond as they seem to carry Petersons cheaper than in the US.
     
  3. cigarsarge

    cigarsarge Active Member

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    Flea markets, antique stores and B&Ms. I went to a new B&M yesterday and found four estate Dunhills in good shape. I came home with a Bulldog for $100. I'm going back tomorrow to put the rest in layaway.
     
  4. chambers11283

    chambers11283 Member

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    I clicked to vote for the online one cause 90% of my pipes come off line, but i have bought a few from my local tobacconist.
     
  5. yinyang

    yinyang Some rim charring is to be expected.

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    Ebay for my estates...about 1/2 of my collection, actually, the rest were online and at local 'shoppes'.
     
  6. jhe888

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    Most of my pipes are old. Old enough to predate the internet. I didn't smoke for a period of time that included the growth of the intrawebs. And for a time even after that, I was an infrequent smoker and not a buyer of pipes. So, most of mine were bought from local tobacconists between 30 and 15 years ago. I suspect that will change as time goes by. The internet prices and selection are just so much better.
     
  7. ruffinogold

    ruffinogold Ruffinogold-Mayor, I.R.G.E.--At Large. Mayor

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    I like box lot auctions , flea markets and mostly a B&M ... however , I don't get to do that often enough for the amount of pipes I want to get so .... Ebay . But if I'm gonna spend bigger money on a pipe I gotta see it and whatnot so just " work " pipes on ebay .And Kaywoodies
     
  8. Thrawn

    Thrawn Member

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    Local shop like 16 blocks from here. Pretty well established place, have a variety of cigars, pipes, estate pipes and everything they need to go with it. Plus a nice lounge in the back to test their blends of tobacco (for free).
     
  9. t-bear

    t-bear Well-Known Member

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    I voted "other" because I probably buy equally from forum friends, flea markets/boot sales, pipe shows, and my local B&M.
     
  10. Pschoppy48

    Pschoppy48 Member

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    I usually buy Estate pipes from online retailers. I buy my cobs right from MM.
     
  11. Burner

    Burner Member

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    I get mine from ebay, my local tobacconist and online stores like My Smoking Shop.
     
  12. Snake

    Snake permanent ankle biter

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    SP, my favourite etailer, has the
    best descriptions and stats on
    pipes that i've ever found. They
    always get my business.

    dp
     
  13. Tas Gunsmith

    Tas Gunsmith Member

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    Now with the days of the Internet, online is by far the easiest. After a session of pipe porn it only takes a few clicks to purchase.
     
  14. Unforgivin

    Unforgivin Active Member

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    Of my 3 briars 1 was a gift, 1 I got online, and the 3rd I bought at a local drug store.

    My cobs all came from MM online except for my first Legend I bought from the same drug store.
    I think smoking of any kind is just to poo-poo around here for anyone to make a living with a dedicated shop.
     
  15. erickghint

    erickghint Member

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    I do most of my shopping online. Smokingpipes gets the vast majority of my business, but I occasionally go to other etailers. The B&Ms here aren't exactly inexpensive. One only carries basket pipes, one carries over priced pipes and the other is so far away that it's usually more cost effective for me to just sit in my PJs and order my toby/briar.
     
  16. WillH

    WillH Active Member

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    Don't buy many pipes any more. Only one this year. I have been lucky obtaining pipes made to my specifications. Perhaps cost is a bit more but the results have been good, so far! I go for custom made pipes....

    Will
     
  17. Smokingmiami

    Smokingmiami Member

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    Big fan of smokingpies.com
     
  18. rusty

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    Durham Market for me, no question, and thats where Ill be going from now on. Jim also offered mail delivery, so all angles covered there. Im looking forward to popping through now, its confirmed. Also I want to try a nice tobacco too, as a change from my usual Condor and st Bruno, so any suggewstions very welcome. Rather like the sound of Captain Black White? If its available here that is?
     
  19. Longrifle3006

    Longrifle3006 Member

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    mostly estates from ebay...you pays your money and you takes your chances.....
     
  20. gunsmoke

    gunsmoke Member

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    I've had good luck w/ pipes & cigars & cup o joes etailers & have bought quite a few estates off ebay. But i have to say nothing compares to actually going to a B&M & shopping. Living in Chicago my favorite is iwan reis.
     
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