I haven’t blogged anything for ages but quite frankly that has been because I have had diddly squat to say but now I can feel a need to vent my spleen or even share a few things that have tickled my funny bone so here we go.
On the spleen venting front I recently visited the Vaper Expo at the NEC in Birmingham on the trade day with the specific purpose of talking to potential new suppliers as well as saying hello to existing ones. Well that proved bloody impossible because the place was absolutely heaving with the general public mobbing every stand in search of free samples. Don’t get me wrong, I love the general public but not on a trade day & the organisers need a bloody good kicking for demanding that you bought proof of business with you & then performing absolutely no checks.
As I left the show the organisers sent me a Facebook message asking me to rate the show which they hopefully regretted doing as I was fairly forthright in my opinions but being slightly intrigued I clicked on the first profile that I saw of people also leaving reviews for the trade day & there in all his glory was somebody that fearlessly announced his job to be a “Checkout Operative” at Sainsburys. I am glad that he had a great time blagging freebies whilst I wasted my time trying to remember how to break down a scrum. Shall not be bothering with Vaper Expo again!
Since my last blog, I have become a deeply committed sub ohm cloud chaser & expanded my array of equipment to what even I admit to being ridiculous levels but it has also introduced a new problem to me that I had read about before but dismissed as total nonsense. I mean who could take something called “Flavour Fatigue” seriously, well as I have discovered it is real & juices that I absolutely adore suddenly taste of nothing in next to no time. As initially I did not believe in the concept, I spent a huge amount of wasted time cleaning tanks, changing coils & upgrading kit to no avail.
In future I am going to attempt not to be so cynical & believe some of what I read which leads me nicely into an article that I read in the Guardian Newspaper which reported on research that suggested that vaping could prevent ex smokers piling on the pounds. Whilst not really being in a position to prove or disprove this suggestion, I am going to go with this one & embrace it wholeheartedly whilst vaping on my new favourite juice which tastes so good that you feel that you must be piling on the pounds just by smelling it let alone vaping it. Right now I am keeping this one to myself but very soon we will have Sluice Juices in stock & their Creamy Biscuit is astonishingly gratifying to vape & quite how they make you think that you are vaping a digestive biscuit smothered in light vanilla cream with a gentle caramel aftertaste is beyond me. In fairness the rest of their range is pretty impressive but this is a real standout juice that should have some of the big names quaking in their boots. I am rationing myself on this one in order to delay the onset of bloody flavour fatigue.
Does this story have a moral to it? Well maybe it’s vape away to your hearts content on the fattest most calorific tasting juices that you can find & lose weight or is this too good to be true? Well as I was wrong about flavour fatigue I am going to believe in this one & bugger WeightWatchers.
I am going to finish off with a little tale about the relevance to customer care to customer retention & repeat business. Now I can hear you all saying why is he bloody preaching to the converted but I promise you that there are some unenlightened individuals out there so strap yourselves in for this one. On one of my rare visits to the shop, the incredibly patient & nearly vegetarian Stacey Dunne was not indulging in yoga but doing something else incredibly important & asked (told) me to help a lost looking individual who had just wandered in to the shop.
On being asked if he needed any help, he informed me that he was looking for some juice. I asked if he had anything particular in mind & told him that he was free to try any of our juices which were all out in sample tanks. He appeared most surprised by this but soon started vaping away before he got to the Kiberry Yogurt from Kilo & said how much is this? Well he grimaced & took a step back when I said £16.99 for 30ml but I was not going to be put off by such a miserly display & asked him what he currently vaped. His answer was priceless as he did not know what it was called but it was £20 for 3 x 30ml bottles & he was shocked by £16.99 for 1 x 30ml. With a bit of pushing I learnt that of the 3 bottles he had purchased elsewhere that 2 were unopened & the 3rd was still nearly full as he didn’t like it but he asked me to try it & see what I thought. Well whilst I would never openly knock our competition my face must have said it all as it was the most rank juice that I had ever tasted including the shit that used to come from China back in the early days. All that I could say was didn’t you try it before you purchased it?
Now this is where it gets really special. Apparently he did ask if he could try it first but was given the following reply “If you go into a tobacconists you don’t ask if you can smoke a fag before you buy a packet do you”
I genuinely thought that the guy was pulling me leg but apparently not & when I stopped laughing I relieved him of £16.99 & a promise that he would be back soon with his wife as well as telling all his friends about us.
There endeth the lesson.