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    Interesting that Ebay doesn't allow sale of cigars but will allow uopened packaging to be sold where it is worth more than the contents. I think all they're trying to do is get round the minimum age requirement causing them problems. On the Cohibas - As soon as someone says "I have a friend who knows someone" it's a fake LOL

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    Ta very muchly all,

    As I said in my initial post I was very sceptical of the whole thing.
    Guess I needed a Jiminy Cricket voice of common sense to talk me down from my false optimism.

    Smoked a lovely non Cuban this evening at another bloody wedding reception (gifted by a fellow fed up husband, avoiding the disco) Oliva Serie V - Double Robusto, blimey very nice.

    May a few singles of these this week, any other suggestions for good NC's?

    Thanks again

    David R

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    I once arranged to meet up with someone who had Co Ro's for sale on Ebay. He worked in the cigarette industry & regularly visited Cuba on business, claiming to get genuine sticks from his local contacts in the industry. Only problem was they were definitely fakes - they had the then new gold-embossed bands in a box dated, I think Feb 03. I had (still have) 2 boxes of Cohibas dated May 03, Sig IV's with old bands & Robustos with new bands which were only introduced that month. He also had some Monte 4's which he didn't even try to pass off to me as genuine.

    It wasn't a wasted meeting though as he had some Cuban country cigars which I bought - cheap as chips, but delicious & what he brought back for his own consumption. He promised he'd contact me again after his next trip & would bring extra back for me but I never heard from him again.

    The meeting almost had an interesting twist: We agreed to meet one Thursday when he'd be up this way on business & that a good meeting place would be a pub close to a mutually convenient junction of the M25. Having been brought up in the area I was vaguely aware of a pub nearby & Googled it to check it was still open & get a link to a Google map to send the chap & remind myself. I found the necessary information on the first page of search results, copied & pasted the map link on to an email, and then purely out of curiosity, looked at the second page of search results. There, first item was headlined something along the lines:

    "Thursday is Gay Day at the Hautboy Inn".

    Needles to say I managed to find an alternative venue to meet this stranger.

    By the way - welcome to the forum, David. If you hang around long enough you are sure to learn much to enhance your smoking pleasure, and possibly even meet up with some of the fair few of us who regularly herf in & around the big smoke.

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    Ouch eugene.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidruddell View Post
    May a few singles of these this week, any other suggestions for good NC's?
    Well if you are looking for very reasonably priced non-cuban hand-rolleds available in the UK then you could try the Chinchalero range. Lots of different sizes starting at 1.65 a stick for the chicos.

    Not far off in very good value terms are the La Rica (Nicaraguan) and La Invicta (both Nicuraguuan and Honduran versions). You won't get legitimate cuban anywhere near the prices that these sell for unless they are machine mades - although of course it would be argued (quite rightly) that they not as good as a quality cuban hand rolled, so it all depends on your budget constraints really.

    If you want to compare a NC to a Cuban in terms of good quality (but slightly cheaper) smokes then you should definately try a Padilla - the Miami Churchill is particularly good at around 11 a stick.

    Finally, if you want some great value dominican hand-rolleds then look on the for sale section of this site as son of cigar smoke was selling a load of Thompson varieties for bargain basement prices recently. Thompson are a decent budget US brand, they tend to be very mild compared to a cuban, but then again they are very cheap so you pays yer money etc...
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    Nubs, cains, olivas,padilla,camacho, man o wars, pepins, tatuaje the list goes on and on. Prices vary hugely in the NC market too. Check out the non cuban reviews, see what interests you then track some down, plenty of us can help with the latter

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    Yeah i emailed him to and asked him to photo the hologram for me to view etc.. in return i got a stroppy email back saying he paid $600 for these and he wouldnt be selling them for just over 200 on ebay.. (which made no sense), he refused to give any details of the markings on the packaging, just sent a snotty email..

    I would avoid these if i were you...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Habana-Habanos View Post
    Ouch eugene.
    Could well have been!

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    well i never even considered buying cigars off ebay but after reading this i thought id look to see whats on offer and after a few emails to sellers found some cohiba robusto for sale.it was an auction for two 'empty' cigar tubes but after mailing i was informed the robusto were included.I enquired how the seller had come buy the cigars and was told he originated from cuba and always brought some back after he had visited there.Why i continued with this after that old cliche i have no idea but i'd had a few whiskies and thought for 12 quid what have i got to lose? well turns out 12 quid is the answer.they arrived today and were very well packaged but upon removing them from the bubble wrap the bands just fell off,then i noticed the bands were different widths and the printing on one was quite bad,also the two robusto are different lengths and widths.now either cohiba have some quality control issues or im a mug.i'm going with the latter

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilini View Post
    well i never even considered buying cigars off ebay but after reading this i thought id look to see whats on offer and after a few emails to sellers found some cohiba robusto for sale.it was an auction for two 'empty' cigar tubes but after mailing i was informed the robusto were included.I enquired how the seller had come buy the cigars and was told he originated from cuba and always brought some back after he had visited there.Why i continued with this after that old cliche i have no idea but i'd had a few whiskies and thought for 12 quid what have i got to lose? well turns out 12 quid is the answer.they arrived today and were very well packaged but upon removing them from the bubble wrap the bands just fell off,then i noticed the bands were different widths and the printing on one was quite bad,also the two robusto are different lengths and widths.now either cohiba have some quality control issues or im a mug.i'm going with the latter
    Here neil let me help you waste some more money hehehe

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Cohiba-Esplend...item43a083de53

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Cohiba-Churchi...item43a083e58c

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Cohiba-Coronas...item43a0a74905

    all from wigan... Hmmm wigan huh... lee???

    Look though, there the glass top boxes... haha

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