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NEWBIES INFO: PLEASE READ (v. 2.1.3
RRMFLY Offline
#1451 Posted:
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Must be nice, I never knew my vet.
Whistlebritches Offline
#1452 Posted:
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bdrizzle wrote:
My platinum membership is grandfathered in. They do exist?! (Scifi music in the background)


What's up Brent?
RRMFLY Offline
#1453 Posted:
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Top
btpcm Offline
#1454 Posted:
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Bur wrote:
Now they're synched so back to the top.

Where is the "top?"
dstieger Offline
#1455 Posted:
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Return to forum without posting
RMAN4443 Offline
#1456 Posted:
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btpcm wrote:
Where is the "top?"

The "top" is the first topic in the list when you open th forums page.....this topic will now be the first one listed when you open the "cigar discussion" topic...therefore the "top" of the list...Beer
Bur Offline
#1457 Posted:
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TrishS@CigarBid wrote:
The original post was 3/7/05, updated 10/19/09 and 4/14/11. The original author was long-time forum member sketcha. I haven't seen him around here for a while but want to give him props for doing all the leg-work. I'm making it a sticky at recommendation of several of you along the way.

Edit, added 12/27/16: To Receive the Special Benefits of PLATINUM MEMBERSHIP, click:

http://www.cigarsinterna...ur-platinum-membership/

Despite what you may read or hear, there are NO platinum memberships here.


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I thought I'd start this thread to answer some of the standard suggestions for the newbies in order to save some time. You’re looking at a collection of thoughts here in no particular order. Hope it helps.

First off, do read the "Forum Rules and Conditions" before posting. It's not a novel and this could save you some heartache.

Use the search function before asking questions. Many of the old-timers are a little burnt on answering some of the standard newbie questions; and rightfully so. There are lots of newbs popping in here every day.

Contact Customer Serv. with any problems before you post them here, they are excellent!

Some bidding hints…

Bid Low, be patient and let some go. There WILL be more. Do your Brothers and SistersOTL a favor and DON’T get wrapped up in a bidding war! No one gives a crap if you throw your own money away, but when your auction closes at a higher than usual price, this can set a precedent for anyone watching, and it may take weeks or even months for prices to return to normal.

Don't worry about over-bidding, zealous morons. They're the ones who pay to keep this site up and running for you and I to steal the rest

Keep Cigar International's site open for price comparison. The beauty of this site is paying LESS than standard internet prices, not more.

Try adding cigars that you’re interested in to your watch list. Track them for a few weeks and see what they close at. Then use the list as a reference for your bidding.

If you don’t already have a large capacity humidor, build a Coolerdor or Tupperdor, you will fill it soon, believe me. Thanks to little self control over several years, I am finally down to just 1 Cooler and one Tupper plus 3 large desktops.

Do a search for...

Coolerdor

Coolador

Coolidor

Colemandor

Igloodor

Tupperdor

Sweaterdor etc.

PG

Propylene Glycol (there have been reports that this liquid humidifying agent may cause a "chemical" taste in cigars

50/50

Hygrometer

Humidity

Credo

Climmax (better than 50/50)

Season

Seasoning (Humidors)

Cello (cellophane) on or off is up to the individual. They may breathe a little better and age a little faster with 'em off. They are delicate and prone to damage if handled improperly though, so use your judgment. The links below expand on this. Also, if you like, do a search.

BOTL, SOTL = Brothers/Sisters of the Leaf .

Don't know what to buy???

Everyone has different tastes so it is extremely difficult to tell you what you are going to like. The best thing to do is to get some Ideas and begin sampling for yourself. Here's a recent excerpt of a response to a newbie by Slimboli...

***"The choices out there are so numerous (thousands of cigars and factories to choose from) ... it would be hard to narrow it down, without you first providing a few parameters.

1) Light, medium or full-bodied smokes ...

2) Lengths and ring guages you prefer ...

3) Particular shapes you like, ie. Corona, Torpedo, Robusto, Perfecto, etc.

4) Wrappers that you prefer, ie. Sun-Grown (Shade Grown), Maduro, Cameroon, etc.

These are just a few ... and once you provide us with a few guidelines, it will be a lot easier to guide you in the direction of a cigar (or cigars) that would be more to your liking!"***

Do a search for...

favorite

favorites

daily

everyday

special

premium

super premium

etc. etc. etc.


A little secret...

Keep an eye on the "Cigars and Related" forum. Once in awhile, one of us will post a favorable review of a cigar that they might not normally let slip for fear of bidding competition. Often times the prices will go up for a few weeks after. Be patient and get some when the gettin's good.

When you have an idea what you want, buy 5-packs. Let them acclimate in your humi for 2 weeks or more if possible (especially boxes). Sample at least 2 before critiquing. Generally the cheaper the stick, the younger it will be. Some may need at least a few months and some, even more expensive cigars, can benefit from 6 months rest to a year or more. It’s always fun to lay down at least one of most every type for 1, 2, 3 or 4 years just to see how they do.

The flipside of this becomes apparent with certain, quality smokes. Some, like the PAM (Padron Anniversario Maduro,) for example, are pretty well ready to go and may actually lose some of their character with too much humi time.

Keep a journal

Most of us here have been, and will continue to buy 5-packs forever... even if we have already established our favorites. You'll often hear a pro use the phrase, "my rotation," for example. But there's nothing like always having new cigars to sample!

A contribution from Smelly4tay...

A little info on cigar aging....copy & paste.

.... the cigars go to the aging room, where the media-ruidas are placed in cedar cabinets called escaparates. Each factory ages their cigars for a certain amount of time. The Fuentes typically age their cigars for at least a year, with the Don Carlos and Hemmingway lines undergoing a eighteen month period of aging, and the Opus X, Anejo, Diamond Crown, and Ashton VSG lines undergoing an aging period of two years. Most cigars made by Altadis undergo an aging period at the factory of six months, and end up undergoing about a year's aging by the time they hit the shelves, as they are first transported by ship from the Dominican Republic, and then transported to the stores by ground. Carribe's cigars undergo an aging period of six weeks, which is sufficient to dry out the cigars, as the cigars straight off the bench are somewhat wet, and will burn and taste differently. Carribe’s cigars also get a good deal of aging in during transport by ship from Honduras to Florida... Furthermore, cigars need to age at least a year. Cigars are best smoked during the first three months after they are rolled, or a year after they are rolled. During that nine-month period, known to aficionados as "the sick period," cigars are relatively tasteless compared to the brash young cigars, and the much more refined cigars that have been aged a year or more. From the one-year mark on, cigars will get more refined as time goes by. Typically the flavor peaks after about five years for cigars from the Dominican Republic and Mexico, and peaks at fifteen years for cigars from anywhere other than the Dominican Republic and Mexico. Practically every single cigar available on the shelves of tobacconists in the US has been properly aged, and "the sick period" is something that only people who smoke Cuban cigars should worry about.

Seasoning Humidors...

Any new Cedar lined Humidor will require "Seasoning" before you can place your precious babies inside. This is the process of slowly bringing the humidity inside up to the desired humidity of 65 to 73% (I prefer 68. Most wouldn't go over 70).

Here's an excerpt from the...

http://www.cigargroup.com/faq/

***I can't get the humidity in my humidor high enough!***

Be patient! A new wooden humidor will take up to 3 weeks to stabilize. Misting the interior lightly with distilled water can hasten the process in a new box, but only patience will stabilize it. Don't try to rush a new humidor....

Also, is your hygrometer calibrated correctly? 70% is the "correct" storage level, but since many new analog (dial-type) hygrometers are as much as 20% out of calibration when received, you should verify its accuracy before trusting it.

Check the lid. Is it a tight seal? Looking along the "crack", can you see daylight through it? In dry weather, this small crack can result in enough moisture loss to limit the humidity...

If you've checked the cal and the lid, the problem's almost gotta’ be in the way the exterior wood is finished and sealed. You see, the moisture must be going somewhere.... Moisture will readily seep right through the wood of a poorly sealed humidor - especially in the dry season. Be sure the bottom is properly finished (and sealed)!!! This is a common oversight of home-finished boxes. You can check if poorly sealed wood is your problem, simply enough. Put the whole system into a tightly sealed plastic bag (with wet credo and hygrometer inside), and let it sit for 3 days. Did the humidity come up? If so, you'll have to seal the exterior of your box better. (See section on humidor finishing)

Trading...

If you're looking to make some trades, or perhaps just looking to broaden your horizons, there are several, newbie trade threads on the "TRADES" board. At press time they’re up to 24 now. May not answer all you questions, but should get you started. There are some real cool BOTLs and SOTLs over there that get a kick out of spreading the love to worthy brothers and sisters.

(A helpful hint from Leoscat)

“Don’t jump into a thread and get all offended by the banter of the ol’ timers. Keep in mind that what may seem mean spirited to you may just be playful banter between old friends.”

(I deleted the links because several of you said they didn't work. If you would like to find the 'working' links and post them, please feel free)

Watch out for E-Chick! She's a bad, bad girl!

{ =^ )

(“Esplendido Chick”/Marla hasn’t been around in awhile, but I’m leaving this here as something of an homage. She was a real credit to these boards!)

Remember to post an introduction after you've read the above. And above all, just have fun!

Thanks



1. "Read more, post less.

2. Learn to "return to forum without posting". Practice until you can do it reliably.

3. Proof read twice. Post once. " #1 - 3, dstieger

4. "Platinum memberships do not exist here." La Princessa (aka: TrishS@CigarBid)

5. When you top this post, you must also top the "commonly used acronyms" post. ram27bat


6. Don't feed the trolls
delta1 Offline
#1458 Posted:
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ooops...lost track and didn't get the OP copied and pasted as the first post on this page....I'm slipping and slacking...thanks for the back-up, Bur.
delta1 Offline
#1459 Posted:
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Posts: 16,093
fog
delta1 Offline
#1460 Posted:
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Herfing
Porqchop Offline
#1461 Posted:
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Posts: 6
Noob to the site, and just won my first 3 auctions. I can't believe the deals to be had here. Just got 3 different 10 packs (1@5x2) for less than $2 a stick. These were very highly reviewed cigars, so I'm stoked. I'm fairly new to cigars, I've been smoking pipes for awhile, but I really love cigars. Cost has always been a factor, so I've been a very infrequent cigar smoker. Well I filled a humidor to capacity, so I've been smoking a cigar a day to make room for the past couple weeks, and the bug as completely overtaken me. I now have 2 tupperdors full, and my humi is still mostly full. I'm going to have to build a cabinet now that I've found this place.
delta1 Offline
#1462 Posted:
Joined: 11-23-2011
Posts: 16,093
welcome porqchop. Why don't you cut and paste this post onto a new thread? The vets here don't look at this one...



Beer
Porqchop Offline
#1463 Posted:
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Ahh, I saw the "post your introduction after reading this", and just went with it.
Porqchop Offline
#1464 Posted:
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Ahh, I saw the "post your introduction after reading this", and just went with it.
NapalmMan67 Offline
#1465 Posted:
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Posts: 2,318
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delta1 Offline
#1466 Posted:
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Posts: 16,093
fog
delta1 Offline
#1467 Posted:
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Posts: 16,093
keep them together...


Herfing
Pudding Mittens Offline
#1468 Posted:
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jester
NapalmMan67 Offline
#1469 Posted:
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Bur Offline
#1470 Posted:
Joined: 07-31-2012
Posts: 5,461
Back to the top with it's partner
lance4824 Offline
#1471 Posted:
Joined: 07-06-2018
Posts: 355
I did an intro in the trade forum for noobies. I have smoked cigars for years but never really took it serious until now. I'm trying to learn what's good, what's a premium, and what is good for the yard. Thanks to the guys in the trade forum I am understanding more about cigars.


My name is Lance and I'm from South Carolina. Current live up in Maryland and in the Navy. My hobbies are NASCAR, Gamecocks, reloading, cigars, shooting, working in the garage, and most importantly family man.
delta1 Offline
#1472 Posted:
Joined: 11-23-2011
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welcome Lance...hope Florence leaves you and your family alone...
lance4824 Offline
#1473 Posted:
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delta1 wrote:
welcome Lance...hope Florence leaves you and your family alone...


The SC family is good. thanks for the positive comment.
delta1 Offline
#1474 Posted:
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paired, and number synced, for Bur
NapalmMan67 Offline
#1475 Posted:
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Topper
NapalmMan67 Offline
#1476 Posted:
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Topper
Bur Offline
#1477 Posted:
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Posts: 5,461
Now they're not! Hiya guys, got to remember to waste time at work on the devil site!
Quickpump Offline
#1478 Posted:
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Howdy yall. I'm new to the forum and the auction site. I've read the post for newbies so I won't say y'all didn't warn me!
Bur Offline
#1479 Posted:
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Posts: 5,461
Hiya Noob! Post a "Hi everyone-look at me" intro post as a new thread.

Check out the Thonginator post

Pancakes or Waffles?

Do you like camping in a van by the river?

And post an "overbid" thread....
NapalmMan67 Offline
#1480 Posted:
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lance4824 Offline
#1481 Posted:
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Posts: 355
bump
KatoChang Offline
#1482 Posted:
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Thank you for this article! It was very informative!
dstieger Offline
#1483 Posted:
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KatoChang wrote:
Thank you for this article! It was very informative!

Except for second to last 'rule'?
lance4824 Offline
#1484 Posted:
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Bump
delta1 Offline
#1485 Posted:
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Posts: 16,093
fog Herfing Beer
delta1 Offline
#1486 Posted:
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delta1 Offline
#1487 Posted:
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fog
NapalmMan67 Offline
#1488 Posted:
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Posts: 2,318
Al keeping it up like a trooper!


Herfing
lance4824 Offline
#1489 Posted:
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bump
delta1 Offline
#1490 Posted:
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Posts: 16,093
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(gotta keep these two paired up...bump one, and the other...)
lance4824 Offline
#1491 Posted:
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bump
delta1 Offline
#1492 Posted:
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pairing them up...
Bur Offline
#1493 Posted:
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Posts: 5,461
Pairing back up...
stinger88 Offline
#1494 Posted:
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TTT
delta1 Offline
#1495 Posted:
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hope all is well with you, Bur
delta1 Offline
#1496 Posted:
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1496, like the other one...
Bur Offline
#1497 Posted:
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nope it ended up being one ahead

Fixt it for ya
delta1 Offline
#1498 Posted:
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Posts: 16,093
hmmm...you computer must be different than mine...number is off by one on mine...no worries...I'll go with yours, since it seems your case is stronger than mine...........lol
delta1 Offline
#1499 Posted:
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d'oh!
delta1 Offline
#1500 Posted:
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fog Beer Herfing
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