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Sorry if this has been done before or if it's an obvious newbie thing to bring up. Also not sure if I'm allowed to mention retailers names directly?
Aaaanyway, I went to my local high-street wine shop today - they have a Havana humidor cabinet with a small selection of CC's (of which I've sampled a couple before) but having compared prices to a specialist in central London, the wine merchant prices are in some cases almost 50%+ more expensive, i.e. H Upmann Coronas Junior for ?9.75 compared to ?6.75, R&J tubo no2 ?16.25 compared to ?11.50 and so on...(plus I noticed that their hygrometer was showing 65% rh).
Allowing for online discounts and the power of bulk buying by the specialists, I thought this was quite a big difference in pricing, especially assuming that the wine merchant are not going to care for the cigars like a specialist would.
Just an observation, but interested to get the perspective and insight of more seasoned folk.