Gas stations and convenience stores make our lives easier in so many ways. In addition to filling up your cup of coffee—and maybe even your gas tank—you can find a wide variety of essentials to help you get through your day. While one of these essentials may be a tin of nicotine pouches, is this the best way to buy your favorite brand?
Learn why it’s not always the best idea to buy nicotine pouches at a convenience store, and what you could do instead.
1. It’s not very private
While there’s no shame in using nicotine products, it may not be something you want your next-door neighbors to know about. That’s why buying from a physical retailer isn’t ideal if you want to keep your nicotine pouch use to yourself.
Online shopping, on the other hand, offers discreet buying options. You can pick your pouches, pay securely, and get them delivered to your door without any extra attention from those around you. No one has to know you use nicotine pouches unless you tell them.
2. Prices aren't as straightforward
Sure, your convenience store usually has a clever “buy one, get one” deal, and may even have coupons to help sweeten the bargain. Unfortunately, this requires you to know what’s on sale in advance and plan your pouch purchase around the available discounts.
Instead of picking the brands or varieties that the retailer wants you to try, consider how shopping online gives the same low price every time you shop. There are no coupons to track or minimums to buy. The price is just the price—with no fancy pricing schemes to worry about.
3. You’ll probably buy other things
When was the last time you walked into a convenience store and bought just one item? It's difficult to stick to your shopping list when there are half-priced hot dogs and giant sodas to try. If you struggle with fighting against impulse buys, you’ll have another thing to deal with when simply picking up a tin of your favorite nicotine pouch.
If you don't need the additional budget stress (or are trying to eat healthier), buying pouches at a convenience store isn't ideal. And that only becomes more obvious if you’re purchasing gas during the same trip.
4. It’s another trip (that costs more gas money)
Do you know what it costs to drive to the convenience store near you? For many, the trip adds another $2-$4 to the price of picking up pouches, not to mention time you spent driving to the store. Even if gas prices manage to come back down to pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels, you could save that gas for another trip. Shopping online eliminates back-and-forth and saves you precious minutes in an otherwise hectic day.
For those who are concerned about the effect extra shopping trips have on the environment, shopping online solves some of this worry. The centralized shipping and fulfillment of orders from online sellers make it easier to buy for a week or more at a time. You can cut down on waste when you don't drive every day.
5. Buying in bulk can be complicated in-store
How many of your favorite coffee-flavored mini pouches are in stock right now at your local convenience store? You probably won’t know until you get there. It’s not typical for a convenience store to run out of a variety completely, but if you’re the type who likes to stock up in a single trip, you may run into shortage issues.
Physical retail shops don't have the same updated inventory system that online stores maintain. If you were to call ahead and ask for stock level, they could be low in stock by the time you get there. However, when you order online, you can see that your favorite tins are in good supply and can ship without delays. There are no surprises like there are when buying in person, like when you want to buy five of the same product, only to find three are available on the shelf.
Here’s why shopping online is best
Convenience stores are good for many things, but when it comes to buying nicotine pouches, online shopping offers many perks, such as:
- You can take your time and browse the selection at your leisure.
- Product details are prominently displayed to help you research what’s available.
- Bulk buying is both possible and, even better, more affordable.
- You’re encouraged to mix and match many tins for a good price.
- Shopping is discreet, private, and only known to you and the online retailer.
- Your transaction is securely handled to maintain financial compliance.
- The top brands are always in stock, with many popular flavors and strengths to choose from.
- No gimmicks required to access the great prices, so you can forget about those limited-time coupons and promo offers.
When you shop at an online site like Prilla, you don’t have to wait until you can find time to take a trip to the store. If you have a few minutes, your shipping details, and a method of payment ready, you can complete your order in minutes.
Is buying nicotine pouches online legal?
Online retailers follow the same rules and regulations as brick-and-mortar stores. If you aren't able to buy from your local store due to age or flavor restrictions, then you wouldn't be able to buy from a site like Prilla. Online stores aren’t a way around the rules; they just make it easy for legal buyers to shop the way they want to.
When placing your order, you’ll need to confirm your identity and have your order shipped to your actual residence. You cannot ship to other addresses, and it’s just one way Prilla ensures only adults can use and enjoy nicotine pouch products.
How to choose which strength and flavor to buy online
If you typically shop from a convenience store, you’ll likely find your favorite brand and variety available online. Prilla sells top picks like Velo, ZYN, and Rogue in an assortment of strengths and flavors. It's OK if you aren't sure which ones you'll like best, because we make it easy to sample new flavors and brands with the mixpacks option.
For example, the Mint Mixpack bundles bestsellers such as ZYN Menthol (6mg), On! Wintergreen (4mg), Rogue Peppermint (6mg), and VELO Original Mint (4mg). You’ll get savings on these bundles without having to commit to one brand or variety.
If your state doesn’t allow the sale of flavored nicotine pouches, you still have options to experiment and save. Unflavored mixpacks are available at Prilla, with Zyn’s Chill and Smooth varieties—as well as other top unflavored products—to help you figure out your best nicotine pick.
Whether you stick with these mixpacks as a way to sample your way to your best buzz, or you buy your go-to brand over and over, the incredibly easy purchasing process, low prices, and free shipping on orders over $50 should have you convinced that this is truly the right way to buy.
The next time you think about waiting until the last minute and buying from your local retail shop, think about what you’re giving up. Prilla is affordable, fast, and offers an easy way to research brands before you buy. It’s also discreet, so you can maintain the level of privacy you want while enjoying these top-tier products.