Cigar Sampler Contest

by Bryan Glynn, October 15, 2013

ipw0006Congratulations to ‘pdaug0511′ winner of the last contest! Get me your contact info and I’ll pass it on for your prize pack!

This time it’s a custom sampler from me up for grabs :)

To enter I want to hear about your opinions of cigar events held at your local B&Ms. If you have attended, what worked well and what didn’t? What works best for getting people to attend? What can manufactures do? What can the retailer do? If you have never been to one, why not?

Post your answers, share via the buttons below and you are entered! Entrants must be 18+ years of age and have a US mailing address. The contest will end in about a week. Good luck!

  • vwarnerjr

    I don’t have any local shops I have to either drive into Greenville 1hr 25 mins or to Atlanta area 2+hrs. The ones I have been to have been fun and I usually buy a box or two. But they need to be more consistent in what they are going to do, some are great events, good discounts, lots of giveaways, good food, others not so much, lame snacks (chips & dip), and the discounts are not the same (10% off this or that and only if you buy a box or more that 5 sticks) Almost all of the others offer a 10% discount across the board, so if you bought one stick you get the discount + for every 5 you get one free. Plus I would like to see better advertising for it, send out an email, I have missed a bunch, because I didn’t know.

  • juarez454

    I go to b&m only when I want to get a cigar right away or for a gift. I went to one b&m that I had never know was five mins away from my father in laws house and they had a atmosphere I never felt before in a b&m, it felt like I walked in to a friends house on one side and a cigar museum on the other. I just wanted to go back as soon as I left. I don’t know what they did but I cant wait to go back, its called “lake worth cigars” in forthworth texas. I know most b&m are kind of like this but I really did not mind paying a little extra at this place.

  • dwtate5

    I have never been to one the closets B&M shop is about 35 miles away and that store sells some pretty shady stuff.

    • dwtate5

      The shop I used to go to was raided last year and shut down by local sheriff department. Since I work for the sheriff department I have to watch where I go.

  • Jared

    Liked on Facebook.

    If you haven’t heard about the parties at Outlaw Cigar Company in Kansas City, look them up on Youtube and just watch one – they have one every month! Catered food and drinks. Not regional reps – Carlito Fuente, Litto Gomez, Jonathan Drew, E.P. Carillo, Pete Johnson, etc. Local Army National Guard usually brings in humvees, howitzers, helicopters, machine guns. Car shows, calendar girls (lots of their videos are calendar “making of” shows), stick deals, box signings, poker tournaments, golf scrambles, big raffles (one past prize was a trip to Drew Estate Cigar Safari). Cigar Rights of America reps, Cigars for Warriors reps. And yes, I mean EVERY month. Want to know how to put on a cigar event? Ask Ken Culbertson. Boom.

  • kevinhen16

    The events at the local B&M that I occasionally go to almost has two types of events. Those that are cigar focused and those that are giving away other stuff like motorcycles, etc., just to draw in customers. Personally, I really enjoy going to the cigar focused events, especially when they have representatives from cigar companies, drawing, food, etc.

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  • gumby_130

    Never when to any events. Live in a non smoking city and never hear anything for event or promos. Tweeded

  • ssrobbi

    I have not been to one yet. I think the problem for me is the fact that I’m only 21 at the moment, and I just don’t feel like part of the community. Even through that if I could get a friend to go with me, I feel like there is an expectation for you to buy a lot of cigars. Unfortunately, that is not within my budget. I buy, maybe a cigar a week. During the winter I don’t really even smoke, and I don’t smoke that much during the summer, so I keep a stash.


  • Boucher207

    I have on B&M that has events, the reps from My Father Cigars frequent them and i have to say, they are pretty good. Im not too fond of My Father Cigars, but they always give heavy discounts when they come so its nice to attend for that alone.


  • SLCigarClassy101

    Liked on FB.

    Sadly, I have never been to a cigar event at a B& M. Mostly for two reason. 1) The closet B7M I have near me is at least an hour and a half away so I rarely go to it and 2) when I lived closer to one, they rarely, if ever, had live events for the customers. I would like to go to one some day to have a good experience but for now, that’s all I have to say on the matter.

  • new2sticks

    I’ve only been to one, and unfortunately, it wasn’t what I was hoping for. Although the rep had some decent deals, I had hoped for a little more. He didn’t have any merchandise, didn’t have their newest blend that was being advertised, and the shop didn’t have any food or drink. I hope to go to an event at a bigger shop, and experience a true cigar event. Shared on twitter.

  • Cigarsanyjuan

    I went to a cigar event at my local B&M that was like an educational/tasting type of event. It worked very well and I wish I could have gone to another but I moved shortly after.

    The event had specials laid out from many different manufacturers. A lot of the merchandise was new product that was being shown off. The store also let you take home a couple for free to try only profiting from the few extra cigars or boxes people were ordering, as well as the drinks being served! This was like a dream come true. It was almost like a small cigar convention.

    This is great for both the store and the manufacturers for several reasons:

    1) Both the store and the makers get recognition from having the event. The store was outfitted with signs and decorations from the outside so everyone knew it was there, while the manufacturers were getting recognition and clientele from the givaways and displays.
    2) Profit is made to support the local store and the manufacturer. With some many brands being displayed and bulk of product out for view, more people buy cigars in bulk than ever before. The drinks and purchases go to the B&M.
    3) The hype about the event helps bring new customers, old customers, and solidify current customer loyalty.

  • Joseph Szeremet

    Most of the events I have been too are pretty similar. Usually a $10 food and free cigar offer. Some deals on cigars with a buy 3 get one free offer. Maybe a cigarleberity from time to time. The only thing that has annoyed me in the past is really loud music. When you go to an event you want to find out more about a companies cigars and upcoming stuff, this is hard to do when music is blasting. Tweeted

  • kb9311

    Twitter & Facebook, they have had several events this year at my local shop, however I don’t attend. The last time they were pushy about box purchases and at my shop they don’t really ever mark down anything in price, they do do a lot of buy one get one or buy three get one. I usually only by two single cigars a week from the shop and I know I’m going to get hounded during events to buy cigars that weren’t moving off the shelf and there just trying to move product to bring in the next crappy product to turn around and do an event on them the next time. Maybe it’s different at other shops but that’s how I feel about events at mine.

  • tdscoville

    Events for Cigar smokers are pretty hard to mess up. A bunch of people eating, drinking, and smoking. Throw in some free gifts and great cigars and i’m set. I love to go to these and meet new people and learn about new smokes.

  • tccoup35

    I have not been to one. I do have a place with a good amount of cigars for sale but it is a tobacco shop, not a cigar b&m shop. I do wish I had one in my town though.

  • Fabbio

    Spend most of the year in Toronto (3 months in miami). Not much activity on the event side in that neck of the woods. One can always hope.

    The B&M’s have really become scarce here and the ones that remain have a pretty (and deliberate) elitist aura. Most staff are unfriendly unless they smell money and less then helpful. Asking for example of what they recommend for a full bodied cigar with med strength they recommend davidoff. Never heard of drew estate etc… but try the Cubans.

    Aside form that if they have a lounge as part of the store most here have them completely separate in the back, when you get to the secluded room (each time I have been there) its empty except for one click off in the corner. not very welcoming.

    A cousin of mine lives in Seattle and his B&m (not sure name) is awesome. the lounge is part of the store and is like going to cheers. Everyone knows your name. very friendly and talkative crowd.

  • skippy597

    My local shop has quite a few events and I go as often as possible. For the most part they are well planned and work very well but I have also been to a couple where the reps were horrible at there job. What I notice is that during a successful event the representatives will be walking smoking and chatting it up with as many people as possible openly suggesting cigars, discussing how there made and various other topics to keep the people interested. Also at most event they run deals on the brand of cigars normally buy 3 get one free, etc, but also they will sometimes openly give out free cigars to the early customer’s which is great especially when that particular customer has never tried that brand before, They will talk to the customer see what they like and give them a free cigar of their brand that will be similar. But I have also been to event where the reps are completely to themselves and not conversing with the customers. No matter how good the deals are if the rep isn’t doing a good job of presenting the company and products then the event is a flop and they don’t sell as many of that brand.

  • djfurgason

    I’m not too sure if this counts. But recently at my local B&M I sparked up a new cigar. The name VUDU… With a tall drink in my hand and a freshly lit cigar what could go wrong? Within the first five puffs of my cigar I spilled my entire drink. As I reached over to re-claim the glass The arm of the chair broke. As I laughed and told everybody else what else could possibly go wrong it began to rain. As we all began to rise to enter the store The ash fell upon my lap… Is this a mere coincidence or not? Granite a good cigar I may never smoke it again!!!

  • Chaz

    Honestly, the two decent B&M’s I frequent really don’t seem to have events. It kinda sucks. I wish they did! Facebook liked :)

  • sdh3237

    My local Tinderbox store has been having regular cigar events during the summer. The best ones have included special deals on cigar (buy three get one free) as well as food and drinks. The last one had drawings every half hour for cigar swag. They set up an awning in the parking lot away from the building so we could smoke and visit with others. My state has draconian smoking laws so anytime I can meet with other like minded people and smoke in a public place I am grateful. All in all the owners do a great job organizing the events.

  • RamzaFreak20

    At my local B&M events, there were plenty of cigars there on sale or promotion, free hot dogs, and sodas. One thing they do better is be friendly/open/welcoming to everyone. I am not a usual customer, since I am new to the area. I wouldn’t mind joining their lounge, but every time I’ve gone to an event, everyone looks at me like I have lobsters hanging out of my ears. So I don’t go as often as I would if they were super friendly. They usually have raffles, too. Was a couple numbers from a nice humidor last time :) Tweeted

  • smoke dogg

    I have not had the oppertunity to attend any event due to the fact that my local B&M is a wine and spirites shop and they do not have cigar events. But, I am looking into going to the Big Smoke in Las Vegas!!! shared on fb.