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PostSubject: Re: HEY!!!! Russ Ouellette WTF happened????   Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:01 pm

Is that sales tax?

I'm referring to the Tobacco Tax.
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PostSubject: Re: HEY!!!! Russ Ouellette WTF happened????   Mon Apr 15, 2013 2:13 pm

6 % on everything as far as I recall.

Check Mars' site.

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PostSubject: Re: HEY!!!! Russ Ouellette WTF happened????   Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:33 pm

That's sales tax... Pa levies no tobacco tax on cigars, $1.80 per pack of cigs.. Ny retailers pay 20% of wholesale price on cigars, and $4.35 per pack of cigs (higher in NYC) ...

It's easy to see why a tobacco retailer/producer would want out of NY.
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PostSubject: Re: HEY!!!! Russ Ouellette WTF happened????   Mon Apr 15, 2013 8:04 pm

So I haven't read any of the specifics of this deal as yet, but I am a bit concerned that only one of the many Hearth and Home bulks is listed as in stock. Maybe just my own paranoia, but I really hope to see it back in stock soon.
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PostSubject: Re: HEY!!!! Russ Ouellette WTF happened????   Mon Apr 15, 2013 8:32 pm

Russ posted a response on a thread in pipes magazine
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PostSubject: Re: HEY!!!! Russ Ouellette WTF happened????   Mon Apr 15, 2013 8:45 pm

which I couldn't find to save my life.

Link ?

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PostSubject: Re: HEY!!!! Russ Ouellette WTF happened????   Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:20 pm

I have been ordering from them regularly since 2006. Never had a any real problems, and in those few rare instances when I did they were fixed straight away. Just hope their great prices (especially the deep discounts on multi-unit orders) stay the same.
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PostSubject: Re: HEY!!!! Russ Ouellette WTF happened????   Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:37 pm

Yak wrote:
which I couldn't find to save my life.

Link ?

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http://pipesmagazine.com/forums/topic/pipes-and-cigars-com

Scroll down and you will find a post by blendtobac (Russ)


there is also more info here. A former employee, from what I understand.

http://tampandpuff.com/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=7319
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PostSubject: Re: HEY!!!! Russ Ouellette WTF happened????   Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:06 pm

Here's what I posted on Pipes Magazine:

There has been some speculation and commentary as to what my future and the future of PipesandCigars will be. I am part of the PipesandCigars family and always will be. PipesandCigars will be better than ever and my responsibilities will be growing exponentially.

What does all this mean for the PipeandCigars.com that customers have grown to love and trust through the years? Well, for starters it means that P&C is now supercharged! Itís fantastic to think that weíll have even better access to products, the ability to keep the pricing of your favorite products down (in many cases even lower) and that our shipping speeds will be even faster.

When you look from just those 3 points of view I am sure you can understand my excitement for you, the company and myself. This change is still very new to all of us and for the most part weíre still in the planning phase. I simply cannot wait to announce to everyone our plans moving forward, the projects that we are working on, and most importantly, bringing you the finest products on the planet. Up to this point Iíve had small issues regarding supply chain and having to rely on others for many important components of our products. Now, all those limitations having been almost completely lifted, I canít wait to get at it for you.
Stay Tuned,
Russ Ouellette

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PostSubject: Re: HEY!!!! Russ Ouellette WTF happened????   Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:10 pm

Thank You !! Cool

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PostSubject: Re: HEY!!!! Russ Ouellette WTF happened????   Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:11 pm

Thank you for the input Russ...
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PostSubject: Re: HEY!!!! Russ Ouellette WTF happened????   Tue Apr 16, 2013 6:18 am

Between the tax I did not really know about (Sorry for my ignorance) and the way Mr. Ouellette talks about it I think I finally get it. Like I said before I have ordered from CI and have always been super happy with everything involved in those transactions; so this is a good thing. I kind of get the whole keeping it secret as well, until the time came. I grew up watching and adoring my grandfather, and when he sold his business it was also hush hush until it was time.
This may be a new reason to try some of the Home & Hearth blends that I hear so much about. My OCD requires I do research into these blends now, crap. I hope there is something with enough Latakia to make my smoke room feel like a cozy campfire.

All in all I must apologize for my previous harsh statements. It is your company good Sir and it sounds like you have a solid plan for the future. I'm sorry I questioned any of it as it really wasn't my place to do so.

Thank you Mr. Ouellette for posting that here and putting our collective minds at ease.
Very Cool


Last edited by leftover421 on Tue Apr 16, 2013 6:22 am; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : Like I said, in an entirely different thread, blame the cold and the medication.)
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PostSubject: Re: HEY!!!! Russ Ouellette WTF happened????   Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:24 am

Thanks a lot for chiming in Russ!

Also, here's a link to the pipesmagazine.com official article on the subject:

http://pipesmagazine.com/blog/pipe-news/pipesandcigarscom-acquired-by-cigars-international/
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PostSubject: Re: HEY!!!! Russ Ouellette WTF happened????   Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:07 pm

After reading the Pipes Magazine article and Russ's post, I am actually quite excited about this, especially because it appears that Russ, blender extraordinaire and a true champion of our hobby if there ever was one, is being given lordly powers over the pipe end of things, which can only mean bigger and better things for all. The forthcoming "Melís blends" is likely just the beginning of a lot to come. If there were the equivalent of rock star posters for kapnismologists, and if I were a teenage girl, I'd put the one of Russ right up next to the one of the Dark Lord himself (alongside posters of Alfred Dunhill, Peter Stokkebye, Craig Tarler, the McNeils, et al.; heck I'd probably have one of Carlos Fuente up there too).
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