When the South Australian government banned online sales of vaping products last year, we reluctantly stopped shipping orders to all customers in South Australia so that we'd remain compliant with the law.
Unfortunately the law hasn't changed, but the circumstances clearly have. As a result, we've taken the decision to temporarily close the doors of our Blair Athol store while we ride out this pandemic, and to reopen shipping to South Australian customers via the Vapoureyes online store so that nobody is cut off from vaping products completely.
Why is Blair Athol closing temporarily?
As you might know, the Blair Athol shop sits directly above our Vape Traders wholesale distribution warehouse, and now that community infections are growing in South Australia the risk of our team becoming exposed to coronavirus is just too high. Over a thousand vape stores around Australia are relying on Vape Traders to keep stock available for them now that shipping out of China has become greatly constrained, and it's important to us that the industry as a whole comes through this crisis, not just Vapoureyes.
Why are you shipping to SA customers?
We know that many of you rely on us and other brick and mortar stores in Adelaide to meet your vaping needs, so we've also decided to reopen our online store to customers in South Australia. Yes, the advice from our lawyers is that it's still illegal for us to do that, but frankly, we don't really give a shit what the SA government thinks about vaping right now. If they want to come after us for keeping our customers away from tobacco then they're welcome to try, and we'll be ready to meet them in court.
For those who would still prefer to shop in a brick and mortar store, we've handed our Blair Athol retail stock over to Vape Your Way (7/474 Payneham Rd, Glynde) and VE's legendary store champion Jeff will be helping Kat (the lovely owner of VYW) serve customers there for the next few weeks.
There are many other high quality South Australian stores remaining open during this difficult time, and now more than ever it's important to buy locally as much as possible. So, if Glynde is out of your way, here are just a handful of superb stores in South Australia that are open right now and ready to receive your business:
4/61 O'Sullivan Beach Rd, Lonsdale SA 5160
1/865 North East Road, Modbury SA 5092
3/66-68 Gawler Street, Mt Barker SA 5251
685 Marion Rd, Ascot Park SA 5043
56 West Thebarton Road, Thebarton SA 5031
Shop 6, 208 St Vincent Street, Port Adelaide SA 5015
Shop 3, 206 Park Terrace, Salisbury Plains SA 5109
The Vape Boutique
53 Midway Rd, Elizabeth East SA 5112
1/104 Murray St, Gawler SA 5118
The Vape Store
22 Goodwood Road, Goodwood SA 5034
Shop 8, 560 North East Road, Holden Hill SA 5088
The Vape Company
3/31 Charlotte St, Smithfield SA 5114
We appreciate your patience and understanding during this totally insane situation, and it's really comforting to see everyone pulling together to help each other through it. Whatever the government thinks, vaping is more than just an alternative to smoking: it's a community of good people, and we thank you for being part of the family.