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CigarGavin

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Which do you enjoy more, collecting cigars or smoking them?

It may have an obvious answer, but I bet cigars are closer to stamps to more people than you realize... maybe even yourself!

Does the collection satisfy you as much as the consumption?


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I'd have to say I'm 50/50, maybe even 60/40. I collect more so to age than smoke. Then again, it gets cold here in NY in the winter, I don't smoke in my house only my truck (year round but more so in the cold months) or outside in the warmer months. Plus I haven't had much (if any) time to hit the lounge that I have a locker at with a buddy that's an easy 45 min ride each way depending on time of the day.
 

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Collecting with the intention of never smoking them or building a collection of cigars you will enjoy sometime in the future? I know I like having cigars that will likely improve with age so yea I like to collect cigars.
 

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Collecting with the intention of never smoking them or building a collection of cigars you will enjoy sometime in the future? I know I like having cigars that will likely improve with age so yea I like to collect cigars.

I believe we all start collecting with intention to smoke, and give ourselves a hearty aged collection sometime in the future. But if you have thousands of cigars is your intention solely to consume all of them? Maybe it’s turning into a collecting hobby as well at that point


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Current stage in life and weather keep me smoking less than I am buying, so I’d say I’m enjoying the collecting aspect more at the moment. Hopefully that will change soon when I have a chance to smoke more than once or twice a week.

I do enjoy the searching, organizing and cataloging aspect of the hobby too.


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Using the definition of collecting offered by @CigarGavin then in addition to some cigars I also collect exercise equipment, boats and, garden tools, :joyful:
 

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It's funny this comes up now. I've been buying 2-3 boxes a month for the past 4 months or so. (Crazy amounts of OT) I was lucky enough to get in on the La Colmena unicos and Skyflowers for this year as well. Every time I reach for a cigar, it seems like I avoid smokes like the ones mentioned above because I dont want them all to disappear too fast. End up reaching for a $4 AJ Fenandez or the like.
So with all that said, i guess I'm enjoying the collecting aspect a lot more now. I do intend to burn every last one of them though
 

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Why buy them if not to smoke them?
I hear you.... but why collect things (like stamps) at all?

Sometimes it’s nice to have a collection of things, especially when you can also smoke them... eventually... or never, whatever works.


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As I was nearing retirement and a much smaller amount of disposable income, I stocked up on cigars that I enjoy and knowing they would improve as they aged I would buy a box when available and priced right.

The last 3 years I have been retired and very rarely buy any cigars and just enjoy from my collection. I did splurge and grabbed a tin of La Colmena Unicos when they were available recently. But other than that I doubt I spend $200 a year on cigars since retirement.

I am on cruise control and feel confident I have enough cigars to last me the rest of my days and I hope I get to enjoy them all. Any that are left will go to my middle son who also loves premium cigars and jokingly refers to my cigars as "his cigars".
 
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I hear you.... but why collect things (like stamps) at all?

Sometimes it’s nice to have a collection of things, especially when you can also smoke them... eventually... or never, whatever works.


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I have no idea why people just collect things and not use them. Any man-made product that is not used as it's artisan intended be it tobacco, alcohol, fly rods, and any number of other things is useless in my opinion. I am a consumer and the entire idea of just owning stuff does not fit into my lifestyle. To each his own. That's what makes this country great.
 

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I’ve been collecting CCs over the past couple of years with the intention of aging them for the future consumption. After realizing that I probably have about 10 years of stock now I have slowed down but find myself grabbing another box when it seems like a “deal”.

With 3 coolers almost full now, I’ve come to realize that the collection aspect of the hobby has slowly overtaken my mindset and that I need to take a serious step back. You won’t see me in an episode of hoarders anytime soon but I’m taking a step back just to make sure.


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I’ve been collecting CCs over the past couple of years with the intention of aging them for the future consumption. After realizing that I probably have about 10 years of stock now I have slowed down but find myself grabbing another box when it seems like a “deal”.

With 3 coolers almost full now, I’ve come to realize that the collection aspect of the hobby has slowly overtaken my mindset and that I need to take a serious step back. You won’t see me in an episode of hoarders anytime soon but I’m taking a step back just to make sure.


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Leave it to @Rupe to get what I’m trying to convey. Exactly the type of situation I was referencing. I would wager that many more are in the same boat with your brother.



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I have a few years of stock (probably enough to last the rest of my life) but they are all consumables. I've not purchased any for the last year or so.
 
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I collect, but also smoke them. I haven't really reached the level of "buy a box to age and a box to smoke" yet, but I imagine I will eventually.
 
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