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Who are the Knock-offs made by?

ShawnOLShawnOL Near BostonPosts: 2,904 ✭✭✭✭✭
I've seen several different knock-offs on on-line sites, usually called "Alternatives", "Clones" or "Knock-offs".  They all seem to be made from clippings left over from making long-filler cigars.

Is it likely that these machine-made scrap cigars are from the same manufacturers of the cigars they are "clones" of?  Judging by the prices, which are usually about $2.50 per stick, I'm inclined to believe so.  

It seems like an economical way to try the premium flavor of the big brands, without the premium quality construction, of course.

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  • ShawnOLShawnOL Near BostonPosts: 2,904 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Good to know, on both counts, thanks Rhamlin.  Will have to look into the factory seconds for a regular cigar, will also let me find my Friday Night cigar for less money spent.  Still new to cigars and have many more brands to try out. 
  • ShawnOLShawnOL Near BostonPosts: 2,904 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Will do, thanks genareddog.
  • peter4jcpeter4jc Milwaukee, WIPosts: 9,059 ✭✭✭✭✭
    The Nicaraguan 90+ 2nds are very tasty.  The bundle I'm working on now has a few sticks with soft spots or slightly loose draw, but nothing that would impede one's smoking pleasure.
    "I could've had a Mi Querida!"   Nick Bardis
  • jgibvjgibv John G.Posts: 9,302 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Ricky @Rhamlin ; is spot on with his information there. 

    I've had good luck with seconds/overruns in the past. 
    One of my favorites are the "Nicaraguan Boutique Overruns" - http://www.cigar.com/cigars/84718/nicaraguan-boutique-overruns/
    These all come from AJ Fernandez, so if you like his blends these are a great choice. 

    * I have a new address as of 3/24/18 *

  • ShawnOLShawnOL Near BostonPosts: 2,904 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Thanks for the replies folks.  Will definitely put them on my shopping list.
  • onestrangeoneonestrangeone Austin, TxPosts: 2,444 ✭✭✭✭✭
    jgibv said:
    Ricky @Rhamlin ; is spot on with his information there. 

    I've had good luck with seconds/overruns in the past. 
    One of my favorites are the "Nicaraguan Boutique Overruns" - http://www.cigar.com/cigars/84718/nicaraguan-boutique-overruns/
    These all come from AJ Fernandez, so if you like his blends these are a great choice. 

    Yep, these may be my favorite budget stick, I try to keep a few on hand always.
  • RhamlinRhamlin WVPosts: 7,802 ✭✭✭✭✭
    peter4jc said:
    The Nicaraguan 90+ 2nds are very tasty.  The bundle I'm working on now has a few sticks with soft spots or slightly loose draw, but nothing that would impede one's smoking pleasure.
    Yep I've gotten a couple bundles myself. 
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