How to Buy Cool Novelty Pipes the Smart Way
Cool novelty pipes have been around for a long time. A lot of them have been given as gag gifts. It’s easy to see why people love giving these types of pipes as gifts. Some are very funny, although not very practical. Others can be downright scary or even gothic in appearance.
Cool novelty pipes make amazing gifts because they come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and forms. They can capture certain sentiments or they can bring a smile to people’s faces. It really all boils down to the design as well as the intent of the giver.
If you are looking to give cool novelty pipes as gifts or you want to use them for yourself, you have to follow certain buying guidelines. If you ignore these or remain clueless about them, chances are, you probably would end up buying a product that you won’t be too happy with.
This happens quite a bit. It’s easy to get taken in by looks, but eventually, the cuteness factor wears off and you find yourself with a fairly useless hunk of metal or composite material. You just wasted your hard earned dollars. To avoid that headache, please take note of the following guidelines.
Check out our selection of cool novelty pipes here.
You Can’t Just Go On Price
One of the most common mistakes people make when buying cool novelty pipes or any other type of product is to go simply on price. I’m sorry to be the one to break this to you, but price does not equate value. You can buy something for a really cheap price and walk away with a tremendous amount of value.
Unfortunately, the reverse is also true. You can buy something for a tremendous amount of cash and regret every single day you own that product. It just did not deliver the kind of value you were looking for.
It is also true that just because you paid a low price for something, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you got a bargain. You can’t just go on price. Price is a good indicator, but your value analysis should not start and end there. You should look at other factors.
You Can’t Just Go On Looks
Another common mistake people make is to simply buy based on appearance. As the old saying goes, you can’t judge a book by its cover. While it’s obvious that you’re not “reading” cool novelty pipes, it would become quickly apparent to you, as you use the product, that it’s not up to the job.
Often times, when it comes to novelty products, form is given more importance than function. This leaves a lot of buyers disappointed. While appearance does count for a lot, you have to look at the totality of the different elements that make up the product.
First Things First: Does It Do the Job Right?
Now that you know what you shouldn’t go for, the first thing that you need to pay attention to is functionality. This is the key.
As the old saying goes, form follows function. Who cares if the cool novelty pipes you’re thinking of buying look amazing? If they cannot do the job, then they’re worthless. Sure, appearance counts for a lot, but the bottom line is, the product must still do a particular job. It must live up to its function.
How do you know? How do you size up overall product fitness and functionality? Well, you really need to pay attention to the following cluster of features.
First, it has to be the right size. You probably don’t need me to remind you that the reason why you’re buying pipes is to, of course, smoke something. If you’re smoking something that you’re not supposed to be smoking, it’s very important to make sure that you are able to hide the pipe as quickly as possible.
It’s also important to make sure that when you do something in public or in a corner somewhere, people can’t readily tell that you are handling a pipe and doing something with it. This is why you need to make sure it is the right size.
It can’t stick out like a sore thumb. It can’t attract unwanted attention, especially from certain types of authorities. It also must leave a lot of space for the other stuff that you normally put in your purse, your backpack or in your pocket.
The next feature you should pay attention to is weight. Let me tell you, there is nothing more uncomfortable than walking around with a heavy or unevenly weighted hunk of metal or composite material in your pocket, backpack or purse. Weight does count for a lot, especially if you’re going to have to move the item very quickly or hide it.
The next factor to keep in mind involves cleanup. Just as the wrong size or wrong weight can easily give away your cool novelty pipes, its smell can also tip people off.
Please understand that people don’t just detect things with their eyes, they also pay attention with their ears and, most importantly, their nose. Do yourself a big favor and make sure that the cool novelty pipes that you use to smoke whatever material, both organic and inorganic, is easy enough to clean.
If you clean your pipe on a consistent basis, then the smell factor would not be an issue. It simply goes away. But if you’re lazy or you just don’t have the time to do it, then make sure that the pipe has the right efficient design and smooth surfaces to ensure the quick and clean burning of smoking materials. Which brings me to the next factor you should pay attention to.
You should look for a design that doesn’t trap smells. There are many pipes that have many different pieces or have different contours or surface characteristics that end up trapping all sorts of residue.
Now, after you’ve just smoked, it doesn’t seem like this is a big deal because when you look at the pipe, it looks fairly clean. But looks can be deceiving. After some time, the residue starts to harden and, with repeated smoking, you would have a smelly pipe on your hands.
Now, regardless of how many times you clean it, the residue has built up to such an extent that the smell has become permanent. At this point, you really have no other choice but to get rid of your smelly cool novelty pipes. You don’t want that headache.
You might be thinking that you’re just spending a few dollars here and there on cool novelty pipes, but believe me, those purchases can add up over time. You worked hard for your money. You should insist on maximizing the value that you get from every red cent you earn.
This is why you need to make sure all of the factors above are present. The pipes that you buy must do the job right, but they also have to have these other characteristics. This is the only way you can be sure that you are maximizing the value of the hard earned dollars you’re spending on cool novelty pipes.