Today I received the following update from Mike Rutt at Mars Cigars:
Draw your own conclusions.Mike Rutt":yxkybx11 said:Mars Cigars & Pipes
I was hoping to avoid writing this email, but circumstances require me to keep my customers up to date.
First, I am NOT going out of business! However, just as we did about 2 years ago, we have lost our credit card processing company. They no longer will process ANY credit card tobacco sales. Unlike the situation 2 years ago, it has been much more difficult to find a replacement company.
However, it appears we will have a replacement card processor in the very near future. Unfortunately, there will be some down time before the new processor is in place.
You can still place an order via the web site until approximately noon EDT on Sunday, March 30th. At that time, I will be disabling the credit card processor to ensure all sales are processed before the official end of the current card processor.
Nor will I be able to process any credit card sales through the 'store'. However, I will be accepting mail orders utilizing money orders if you need to place an order before our new card processing complany is in place. Feel free to email about availability of product.
This is a bump in the road for us. We are doing everything possible to get through it as soon as possible and as always we appreciate your business and kind words given to us.
Please feel free to contact Mike, via email, with any questions or requests.
Mike at mars