Nomad Cigar Company will no longer be offering the option to buy directly from their website. Like it or not, I agree his move does help to better support the B&M shops and online boutique-only stores. I noticed after IPCPR that Nomad cigars were available on www.cigarstix.com, a fact that i appreciate now. My local B&M's find the word boutique to leave a bitter taste as it rolls off the tongue, which makes it pretty difficult to procure some boutique brands. Below you will find the press release from Nomad Cigar Company.
Nomad Cigar Company Takes Stand With Cigar Shops
Orlando, FL – August 28, 2012 – To show support for brick and mortar cigar shops, the Nomad Cigar Company discontinued it’s direct to consumer online sales pages.
“Really, I never wanted the online portion of the business long term. It was necessary to get the word out about Nomad, particularly as a new boutique cigar maker, but now it is time to leave the cigars in the hands of shops around the nation that need to be supported.” Said Fred Rewey, Nomad’s Founder.
The move was not an easy one, especially for a start-up boutique cigar maker.
In doing so, the Nomad Cigar Company temporarily loses customers that are not living near a brick and mortar location. Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, Nomad loses out on the profit that comes with direct online distribution.
“I am not going to lie, the profit of direct to consumer is nice –particularly for a new company. But, I have to look long term. My goal was not only to create a solid cigar; I wanted to also support the cigar industry as a whole. I believe this keeps things moving in the right direction.” Rewey added.
It is no surprise that as more and more cigar makers have supported sales online, Rewey’s move, especially from a new company, is music to the ears of some shops.
Rewey said, “Look, I think you need to have some sort of online sales for those customers that simply can not get to a shop. But, the pricing does not need to be at the expense of local shops around the nation that bust their butts to create a great cigar smoking experience.”
Those going to Nomad Cigar Company’s “purchase page” are now greeted with a brief open letter from Rewey explaining his stance. Rewey is hoping for continued growth and Nomad’s Cigars showing up in more and more retail shops.
Nomad Cigar Company was launched earlier this year with a well-received cigar and some groundbreaking innovations; such as Rewey putting his Twitter name (@Godfadr) on the cigar band.
He is hoping that his continued support of brick and mortar retail stores will help him grow his brand long term.
Interested retailers can contact the company directly for info on pricing, cigars, etc..
Nomad Cigar Company
Phone: 855-MYNOMAD (or 855-696-6623)