The Best Cigars for the Money

It seems that some people just have too much money. And I don’t necessarily mean “wealthy.”

No, I mean people that just throw money away when it comes to picking out a decent cigar.

There are two ways to blow money when it comes to buying cigars.

1. Buy overpriced cigars or

2. Buy cigars that are too cheap.

Frankly, I am not sure which is the greater sin, so let’s start with the first one.

Twenty years ago, things were different. Your cigar choices were limited in two ways. One, there were just a lot less cigars out there and two, you were pretty much victim to whatever your local cigar shop deemed appropriate to carry.

That has changed.

There are lots of cigar companies out there…big and small. The big boys like Avo are putting out quality cigars at a variety of price points. New start-ups like have figured out how to create quality cigars and an amazing price.

So, at the end of the day, you don’t need to pay $20 a stick for a quality cigar. Heck, you don’t even have to pay $15.

Secondly, stop chasing cigar that are under $4.00 a stick. I mean really. What kind of quality do you really think you are getting? For the most part (and yes, there are a couple of exceptions but probably not yours) anything under $4.00 a stick is the bologna of the cigar world – you just don’t know what you are getting.

My advice to the first group is try some lesser expensive cigars. Stop trying to prove yourself to the world via showing off the right “label” and actually enjoy a better smoke.

As for the second group. If it is a budget issue, just skip a cigar here and there and double your budget. You will have a much better cigar experience and stop blowing money on crappy sticks.


  1. Brandon Lun says:

    I think its really only safe to buy “Sampler Packs” from online retailers when you have some experience under your belt. Once you have established what you like, brand wise, wrapper wise, taste wise, then its okay to look at some of the online deals. A lot of times these so called “online specials” include something like a 10 pack of various maduros for $29 but only include 2 cigars out of the 10 that you either know about, or would like. Like was mentioned above, its a way for these companies to pawn off brands that don’t sell or even worse, brands that they make themselves that often times are very low quality. I buy from online retailers often but only stuff that I know i am going to like, and after proper research on pricing and availability has been done. Also, I always let them rest a good month or two in my humidor before given one a puff. If you want something to smoke now, when going out with friends, a local tobacconist is the way to go. They will often times be informative, helpful and find you a deal or two in your price range. For new herfers, the local tobacconist is truly the way to go. Once you establish that relationship, its great to go in and discover new smokes. Yes, the prices wont match what you find online, but a few times a month, its nice to find something new to smoke, and its a great experience walking around the store taking in all the sights and smells.

  2. Tom says:

    By being a smart shopper and knowing what I like in a cigar, I have found many great values at under $4.00.
    I am talking about well know brands ( Punch, Hoyo, Saint Luis Rey etc) the catch is you will be purchasing form the larger catalog companies who run specials. I still shop at my local shop but when JR or CI has one of my favorite sticks at around $3.00 its hard to pass up.

    • Cigar Secrets says:

      Thanks for the feedback. It think the key on the mail order (from big box stores) is to avoid the “sampler” pack of different brands. That is often how they mask getting rid of some old stuff (and not in a cool “aged” way).

      They do unload boxes (same brand) from time to time at a great price.

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