By Janelle Lassalle
It is a universally acknowledged truth that the passing of Halloween means one thing: the beginning of the holiday season. And while some may associate the holidays with eggnog and Christmas music, others live for the joy of finding deals on Cyber Weekend, a.k.a. the most famous shopping weekend of the year [*].
As amazing as the deals may be, there’s always a caveat with Cyber Weekend: crowds. It’s another universal phenomenon that we’re not quite as keen about, which is why we’ve decided to put together a Cyber Weekend Survival Guide.
Why should you shop online for your cannabis needs? What unique advantages does this provide? Find answers to those questions along with some special shopping tips below.
Pro #1: Skip the crowds
Cyber Weekend is without a doubt the busiest shopping weekend of the year [*]. You’ll find keen deal hunters lined up outside parking lots from the wee hours of the morning. These are going to be the same tired shoppers that will inevitably tear through stores in search of the best deals. It’s a frenzied, chaotic environment that can prove to be quite stressful. Add on a few kids and this simple task can suddenly seem as difficult as finding a needle in a haystack.
Why go through all the stress of fighting through a sleep-deprived crowd if you don’t have to? That’s the beauty of buying your Cyber Weekend cannabis online: you don’t have to even get up from the couch to do it, and you can shop in peace without any rush or crying babies in the background.
Pro #2: Better customer service
Store employees, too, aren’t exempt from the madness. They’re also working long, crazy hours, often with minimal breaks in order to accommodate the volume of shoppers in-store [*]. This unfortunate fact means that you may struggle to get the help you need.
Shopping online at trusted retailers like CannMart gives you access to a wide variety of help and customer support options. You can submit queries directly via the chat pop-up, call the landline anytime Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., or even send a direct message to customer support via email. Other resources like the FAQ section are available online 24/7. If you have questions about vaporizers, you can also always head to the Namaste Vapes blog for valuable educational content that’ll help you find the perfect cannabis products for you, or check out the Gift Guide.
Another bonus is the fact that Cannmart allows returns and exchanges in accordance with The Cannabis Act laws, provided the item is defective, of course. Having an adverse reaction to a product? Contact Cannmart immediately and the team will assist you in making any necessary return arrangements.
Pro #3: Convenience
One of the main advantages of shopping for cannabis products online is convenience. Instead of lugging gifts to and from your car all day, get your purchases delivered straight to your door. That shipping can be as speedy as same-day delivery, meaning you can buy as many gifts as you like without having to lift more than a finger.
All packages are also shipped in odourless, discreet packaging. This is a wonderful bonus for those who may have young kids running around the house trying to find any early presents.
Pro #4: Warranty
The odds of you picking up a cannabis product in-store with a warranty are fairly slim, which is why you should invest in a quality item with a warranty instead. Shopping online allows you to view a product’s details at ease. These details include everything from necessary product specs to information about warranties. Having access to this information in one place is extremely helpful when making purchasing decisions.
Vaporizers—cheap ones in particular—are prone to breaking and can suffer from several technical issues like burnt out coils. Do yourself a favour and carefully evaluate product specs before purchasing, always making sure to get products with a warranty whenever possible.
Pro #5: Access a wider range of products
One of the best parts about shopping for cannabis gifts online is the access to hundreds (if not thousands) of products in one place. After all, most dispensaries may only carry a few vaporizers or glassware pieces at best, and few, if any, will be able to keep up with the volume of products available online.
Bonus Shopping Tips
It’s Cyber Weekend, you’re online with your credit card out, and you're ready to purchase cannabis. What should you buy this year? Here are a few tips to help you shop smarter than ever before:
- Always opt for full-spectrum products whenever you can as these products can potentially provide the greatest potential therapeutic benefit.
- Make sure you seek out products that have been evaluated and tested by third parties. Edibles, in particular, should always have a COA (Certificate of Analysis) available online.
- Don’t buy the cheapest product available; chances are, it’s made with poorly-made parts that you’ll constantly have to replace. Do your homework and invest in yourself.
- Avoid buying vaporizers made with unreliable products like plastic mouthpieces or alloys prone to corrosion.
- Be vigilant when purchasing CBD products. Always be sure they’re lab-tested and have a COA, if possible. Check that the hemp was sourced from reliable sources within Canada or North America, as poor quality hemp can be a bioaccumulator prone to toxins.
Buying cannabis online rather than in-store on Cyber Weekend offers many benefits, including convenience, better customer support and access to a wider range of products. Be sure to always do your research when shopping for cannabis gifts online to ensure you have the best experience possible.