Cigarette scam in tourist places

#1 May 15th, 2014, 21:45
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Hello fellow Indiamikers,

I am not sure if you are aware of this, bit there is a common scam going on at most tourist places we've visited so far. They will always try to sell you old cigarettes at highly inflated prices. If you try to buy Marlboro at a tourist place they will try to charge you 200 rupees and most of the packs have expired to years ago.

We first noticed this in Jaisalmer since it was the first tourist place we visited. You could only get old, overpriced cigarettes inside the fort. It didn't matter if you wanted Camels, Marlboro or LM. We walked outside and found a pan shop just outside the walls and paid 150 (which is MRP) for a pack of brand new Marlboros.

So beware of this scam. It's very hard to find legit cigarettes at places frequented by many foreign tourists. Don't pay more than you have to (150 rupees) and always check the best before date (written at the bottom of the pack, same with the MRP) if you can't find this information the pack is probably imported and old. If someone tries to sell you old, overpriced cigarettes tell them it's old and tell them to go to hell. The more people made aware of this, the higher the chance these scammers will have to stop scamming tourists like this.

On a positive note, since Gold Flake is such a horrible cigarette this scam has made me stop smoking, so I guess
#2 May 16th, 2014, 10:22
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They're usually snide anyway.

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#3 May 16th, 2014, 11:52
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smoking is bad for ya anyway, so it's a win-win.
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#4 May 26th, 2014, 20:21
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I smoked on my last visit to India but wouldn't have imagined buying a foreign brand. There was certain nostalgic appeal to smoke some cigs that I only just about remembered seeing in the UK when I was little. And they were probably fresh, as that's what the locals were smoking.

These days I have stopped smoking tobacco, but I still get pleasure from looking smug and disapproving at the same time when anyone smokes a cig within 50 metres of me.

Actually I'm joking about the last bit (although I have given up) and I still like the smell of hand-rolling or pipe tobacco and as long as people aren't right next to me I don't mind.
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who would buy off someone off the streets?
#6 Jun 2nd, 2014, 23:33
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It's common practise in a lot of countries to buy cigarettes from street vendors, particularly when the vendor sells single cigarettes.

This is convenient for someone who either doesn't have the spare cash to buy a whole packet, or doesn't need to, and the vendor makes a bit of money for him/herself, so he or she can eat.

A similar situation exists in Paris (and no doubt elsewhere) on the metro, where a person buys a carnet of ten tickets, for about 70% of the 10 x single ticket price, then sells them to people, usually at rush hour, who don't have a ticket and don't want to waste time queuing up to buy one.
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Done in poor neighborhoods of LA with a twist that bidis are often sold to kids with the implication that they are drugs..
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I did maybe hear that some people might once perhaps have unrolled some bidis, crumbled a bit of charas into them, then rolled them back up so as to look inconspicuous.
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If you are in India, try Indian brands they are comparable and are good for getting lung diseases.

Smoke Free : 2 Yrs now

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