By Nicholas King

For many vapers, the decision to buy a product at one vape shop or another comes down to the product’s price – and vape shops are all too willing to compete with one another in that area. When you shop online for just about any vaping product, you’ll find enough pricing variation to make your head spin. Some vape shops price their mods as cheaply as possible and try to profit from sales of coils and e-liquid. Other vape shops price everything as low as they can and try to profit from high sales volume. Still, others price their products high and hope that their good reputations will encourage people to buy without shopping around. What it all comes down to, is that you can find a price swing of more than 100% for the same device between two competing websites – and checking dozens of different websites for prices requires more time and patience than most people have.

Enter the Vaping Price Comparison Site

Since the industry began, vaping product retailers have used affiliate programs to drive sales. If a customer visits an affiliate’s website and clicks a referral link before making a purchase, the affiliate receives a percentage of the merchant’s earnings. The buyer’s price remains the same. One of the best ways to find success as an affiliate marketer is by providing information that helps consumers make better buying decisions. With today’s online vape shops selling the same products at wildly different prices, a great way to provide value is by showing consumers where they can find the best prices – and several websites have stepped up to do exactly that. The three leading price comparison sites for vaping gear are:

In this article, we’re going to compare and contrast the features and strengths of these three websites. First, though, let’s learn a bit about the features that any great vaping price comparison site should have.

How to Choose the Best Vaping Price Comparison Site

What should you look for in a vaping price comparison site? These are some of the most important features.

  • The accuracy of prices: There’s nothing worse than finding what looks like a great deal, only to discover that the price you found is no longer accurate. A good vaping price comparison site should conduct periodic manual reviews of its prices to ensure that the deals advertised are still valid.
  • Correct details: The site should display the correct vendor and product names and should have no broken links.
  • Real coupons: Few things are more annoying than a “coupon code” link that turns out to be nothing but a link to a vendor’s clearance page. The best vaping price comparison sites earn revenue by earning trust – not by using click bait and other dirty tricks.
  • Informational content: Some people visit price comparison sites because they know what they want. Others are simply browsing – and for those people, informational content such as buyer’s guides can be extremely helpful.
  • Merchant information: Before you click a link to visit a vape shop’s website, it’s helpful to know as much about the shop as possible. Do they offer free shipping? If they do, does the order total need to exceed a certain amount? If you live outside the United States, will the merchant ship to you? Is the product that you want actually in stock? Knowing this information before you click the link can help you save a lot of time.
  • Website organization: Does the website allow you to browse products and prices by variables such as the maker, seller, product type and price range? Can you read recommendations if you aren’t sure what you want? Does the website have a search field? If you’re not quite sure how to spell “Reuleaux,” will you get the correct search results anyway? The best vaping price comparison site should be easy to browse whether you know what you’re looking for or not.

So, do the three leading price comparison sites for vape gear satisfy these criteria? As you’re about to see, no one website ticks all of the boxes, and each one has its own strengths and shortcomings. Let’s learn more about the Internet’s best vaping price comparison sites. I have listed these sites based on how each site fulfills the criteria mentioned above.  

#1 VaperCity.com - Comprehensive, User-Friendly, Shipping and Delivery Times

VaperCity.com At a Glance

Pros

  • Superb organization; easy to browse and discover products
  • A wealth of information on product pages
  • Draws pricing data from many sources; prices checked every 48 hours
  • Includes shipping estimate and delivery timeframes for each vendor

Cons

  • The search function doesn’t correct misspellings
  • Somewhat confusing data presentation with shipping costs and delivery times

Browsing and Product Discovery

The product of long-term industry veterans, VaperCity is run by people who obviously understand how consumers shop for vaping gear. When you visit the home page, VaperCity wastes no time in giving you every search option you could possibly want. The search field at the top of the page allows you to search by any term and narrow your results according to the type of gear, the brand, and the price range. If you aren’t sure what you want, you can browse by a number of categories including product types, price ranges, colors, brands and more directly from the VaperCity home page. The huge variety of device categories makes product discovery very easy. Once you find a category, you can refine your search by sorting by several fields related to each category. For example, if you choose the e-juice category, you can search by flavors, nicotine content, or bottle size. Vape devices can be sorted by price, watts, brand, or even color.

Product Page Information

When you view an individual product on VaperCity, you’ll see a wealth of information including a basic description of the product, a chart of prices found around the web and a list of similar products. One thing VaperCity does that no other site does, is they give you the shipping estimate as well as the delivery times. Great for making sure you are not waiting 30 days for your vape to ship from China, or if you need some e-juice fast. If you don’t like the prices you see, you can set a price alert. Provide your email address and desired price, and you’ll get an email if VaperCity finds your desired product at or below that price. From the product pages, you can also watch reviews on YouTube and read what other users have said about the product. Many product pages even link to professional reviews written by VaperCity’s staff. 

Product Prices and Availability

There were several products with 10 or more merchant offers and it appears that Vapercity updates these offers on its website every 24-48 hours. The last time each product was updated is displayed on the product page so you know if the prices are current. If you’re not sure whether the current price of a particular product is the best price, you can scroll down to review a graph of that device’s price history. Vapercity shows you several different prices that can be confusing at first glance. In each product page, they list estimated delivery times as well as estimated shipping costs. They also show the base price of the product and finally, the price with shipping. With so much info in one place, it is easy to skip by this section without understanding what you are looking at.

Accuracy

I spot-checked several of the products on VaperCity and found the prices to be accurate. Any product listed on the site was in stock and at the price listed at VaperCity. I was unable to find any case in which a product page on VaperCity noted that a product was out of stock at a merchant’s website, telling me that they are probably not displaying products that are out of stock. I did, however, find one product that had a broken link. A simple search for the product on the store’s website directed me to the proper product page with the same price as listed on VaperCity. For the most part, I didn't find any glaring issues with the accuracy of prices listed on VaperCity.

Coupons and Deals

The coupon section on VaperCity was easy to find and provided several ways to find online vape coupons: search by store, search with a special coupon-only search feature, or browse all the coupons at once. The coupon search box provided me the best results as it allowed me to simply type in the product keyword. I did notice that the coupon codes were completely separated from the corresponding product listing on the site. For example, when searching the coupon page for "Geekvape Legend" I found a coupon for $43.55, however, the product page on VaperCity shows the lowest price at $42.50. So before you buy, you might want to search the coupon section to see if you can get the "lowest price" any lower with a code.

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#2 VapeDrive.com - Solid Interface, Good Pricing Information, Instant Price Updates

At a Glance

Pros

  • No pricing inaccuracies found
  • Product pages note the final price including shipping charges
  • Out-of-stock items are noted

Cons

  • Organization and product discovery have room for improvement
  • Product pages lack information that could help with buying decisions
  • The search function doesn’t correct misspellings

Browsing and Product Discovery

Visiting the VapeDrive website, it’s clear that the site still has a few kinks to work out. On the home page, I spotted a misspelling and an incorrect brand logo. These things happen with new sites, though, and we’re sure that VapeDrive will correct those small issues if they stick with it. VapeDrive’s home page is nicely laid out with several product categories displayed for easy browsing. Upon clicking a category, you can sort the results by popularity, average user rating, newness, and price. VapeDrive also has a site search function. Unfortunately, the search didn’t understand our intent when I searched for “Realeaux.”

Product Page Information

When you view a product page on VapeDrive, you’ll see a short text description along with a list of similar products. VapeDrive doesn’t provide historical pricing, professional reviews or user reviews. Considering the lack of information, VapeDrive may not be the best price comparison site to visit if you aren’t sure what you want. They do, however, update the merchant prices and stock status in real time. Great for getting the most recent prices, but you might have to wait 10-20 seconds until this info is updated. 

Product Prices and Availability

Although VapeDrive doesn’t provide much in the way of advice, product information or reviews, the site does display a wealth of pricing information including the final price that you’ll pay – with shipping – when you buy from certain merchants. If a merchant has a free shipping offer, VapeDrive notes that. VapeDrive also notes whether products are in stock or out of stock. The VapeDrive website doesn’t state how it acquires its pricing information, how often prices are updated or whether human reviewers are used to help ensure accuracy.

Accuracy

I spot-checked several of the products on VapeDrive and was unable to find any pricing discrepancies. If a product was listed as in stock on VapeDrive, it was in stock at the merchant’s website. Out-of-stock notifications were also accurate. Although our findings aren’t a guarantee that VapeDrive is accurate 100 percent of the time, they do suggest that VapeDrive’s system for retrieving prices as a reliable one.

Coupons and Deals

I did not find any coupons or special offer section on VapeDrive's website.

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#3 VapeCrawler.com - Spartan Search Engine for Vaping Products

At a Glance

Pros

  • Accurate pricing information
  • Search function corrects misspellings

Cons

  • Very spartan interface with no product discovery features
  • No pages for individual products; price comparisons are difficult
  • No product information to aid buying decisions

Browsing and Product Discovery

Of all the vaping price comparison websites that I examined for this roundup, VapeCrawler has the most spartan interface by a wide margin. On the home page, you’ll find nothing but a search field and a couple of banner advertisements. If you aren’t sure what you’re looking for and simply want to know what’s out there, you’re not going to get much help on VapeCrawler. On the plus side, VapeCrawler’s search engine does correct misspellings. When I searched for “Realeaux,” VapeCrawler correctly suggested “Reuleaux” as an alternative. One key layout difference between VapeCrawler and its two competitors is that VapeCrawler doesn’t have pages for individual products. When you run a search, you’ll simply see a list of every result containing that keyword. Searching for “Reuleaux,” for example, produces a list of 392 offers including ones for the Wismec Reuleaux RX Gen 3, RX300, RX2 and so on. If you want to compare apples to apples, you’ll need to use very specific search terms. Clicking any result takes you directly to the merchant’s website.

Product Page Information

Since VapeCrawler doesn’t have individual product pages, you won’t find any information there to aid your buying decision. VapeCrawler doesn’t provide product descriptions, reviews or stock notifications. The site also doesn’t provide any means for user interaction; users can simply search, view product listings and click away to merchants. You can, however, sort and filter VapeCrawler’s search results by price, vendor location and search relevance. 

Product Prices and Availability

All of the information that VapeCrawler provides is on its search results pages. On a list of search results, you’ll find product names and prices along with the names of the merchants’ websites on which you’ll find those offers. VapeCrawler notes the merchants that ship internationally, and it displays any coupon codes that are available. When a coupon code is available, VapeCrawler displays the final price of the product after the coupon is applied. VapeCrawler doesn’t display shipping charges, and it doesn’t note which products are out of stock.

Accuracy

I spot-checked several of the listings on VapeCrawler and was unable to find any inaccuracies. A significant portion of the results that I viewed, however, wasn’t actually in stock. It’s a major disappointment to discover that you can’t actually buy a product after you think you’ve discovered a great deal, and our experience suggests that’ll happen to VapeCrawler users fairly often.

Coupons and Deals

There was no area for coupons or codes on VapeCrawler's website but they did list coupons based on the store that was selling the product. If you search for a product, the site displayed the coupon or special offer inside the store logo. It was easy to use and I did not have to go searching for coupons as I did on VaperCity's site.

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Summary

In our opinion, Vapercity.com has the best overall experience and user interface. By displaying the estimated shipping costs, estimated delivery times, low price alerts, price history charts, and links to popular youtube reviews, VaperCity.com provided the most comprehensive information available from any of these price comparison sites. They also cover all the important features and benefits to give you the best overall view of any device they list. Vapedrive.com has a beautiful design and function and by using real-time prices and estimated shipping cost they do satisfy the basic price comparison function if you already know what device or e-juice flavor you want. However, they do not provide enough information to make a confident buying decision if you are still shopping for a device or e-juice. Another disadvantage is that you have to wait for the prices to populate on the page while the site searches for the online prices. Not a big deal if you can wait a few seconds more for the page to populate the most current prices. Vapecrawler.com is great for a quick search to see the offers commonly found online. Nothing special or fancy, just simple and to-the-point. I was disappointed with the lack of information on the site and suspect that a quick Google search might produce similar results but without coupons. While they did have a few coupons listed that could save a few more dollars, I feel that there is a lot of room for improvement on the user interface and experience. As you can see, there are several vape price comparison sites that can help you find the lowest prices on your favorite mod or e-juice. These comparison sites each have their strengths and weaknesses that can help you save money. The differences between these three sites may not be obvious at first glance, but I hope this article has helped you understand why using a good vape comparison site can help you find the lowest prices online.  

About Nicholas King:

Nicholas King is a passionate vaper and current owner of Smoketastic.com, a popular vape review site. Having smoked a pack and a half a day for over 10 years, he switched to vaping. That was 7 years ago and now he shares his experiences and knowledge with his loyal followers with in-depth device reviews and expert recommendations on how to find the best vape for their individual needs.

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