Kratom Shoppe Vendor Review: An Important Update About This Seller

July 08, 2020 Articles, Kratom Alkaloids, Kratom Capsules, Kratom Extracts, Kratom Products, Kratom Research, Kratom Reviews, Kratom Strains, Kratom Tea, Kratom Vendors

If you’re a member of any online kratom forum communities, you’ve likely encountered references to Kratom Shoppe. As one of the oldest top-rated kratom suppliers in the industry, it’s inevitable that you’ll find people discussing them.

Unfortunately, those discussions are bound to lead you nowhere. That’s because Kratom Shoppe has dried up like some stale speciosa leaf, leaving customers scratching their heads.

In today’s post, I’ll tell you all about who they are, where they may have gone and what you need to know if you’re looking to buy kratom online in the wake of their dissolution.

WHAT IS KRATOM SHOPPE?

Kratom Shoppe was a Texas-based kratom vendor with a brick-and-mortar shop as well as an online store. They were famous for their world class kratom and bargain basement prices.

Their website, buy-kratom.co, attracted hordes of hungry kratomites at the advent of the herbal craze. At the time, consumers were divided with regard to the quality of their wares—one user highly recommend them, writing, “I…stand by the products I have tried so far” while another user warned, “Don’t get your money stolen people.”

Regardless of their quality or lack thereof, Kratom Shoppe got a lot of traction in a short period of time. Sometimes demand simply outweighs supply. I’ve seen this happen with a number of small time sellers over the years—they start up big, enjoy a flurry of attention and then sputter out when they can’t afford to fulfill all of their incoming orders.

So is this what happened to Kratom Shoppe?

That’s hard to say since they aren’t available for comment. What we do know is that they were long gone by 2015.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT KRATOM SHOPPE

Four years ago, a pair of Reddit members shared their experiences in a post entitled “Warning about kratom shoppe buykratomco.” In the post, user wannabeemperor said the company had gone “AWOL,” writing, “I had placed one order successfully about a month ago, so last week I put in another order for about $230.”

“I ordered Wednesday morning. It didn’t ship Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. Friday afternoon I attempted to contact them via their live-chat agent. It was showing someone online but I did not get a response over the course of 2 hours and several messages.”

This user goes on to try and cancel their order through the company website and sends an additional email for the purposes of cancellation, only to be met by radio silence. They go on to say, “They took my cash immediately on Wednesday morning but won’t respond to messages or emails. Pretty lame.”

A second user by the net handle QuenHen2219 responded, saying, “Dude I just placed an order with them last Thursday and still no shipping. I just sent them an email a few hours ago and they usually get right back to me but this time nothing. I’ll give it until tommorow [sic] and then I’m canceling. It sucks I’ve ordered with them 2x before no issues but this time they are AWOL.”

In their subsequent exchange, both made it clear that no resolution was made to remedy the problem over the ensuing two weeks and, in wannabeemperor’s case, they had to dispute the charge with their bank.

All of this is indicative of the kind of shady fly-by-night dealers who give the kratom industry a bad name. Over the last five years, we have seen a rash of incidents just like this.

In some cases, vendors come up against unforeseen events—family illnesses, unfortunate accidents, issues with their credit card processors, etc.—and do everything in their power to rectify the problem. Alas, Kratom Shoppe was not one of these companies and they left their patrons high and dry.

The good news is, this kind of gross negligence is easily avoidable if you follow the big three Rs—Research, Resilience and Resolution.

RESEARCH

Make it your business to find out anything and everything about a prospective kratom brand. That means shopping around for top vendors, joining online forums, asking around about the best strains and studying a seller’s online store prior to making a purchase.

Find out all about their company such as when it was established, whether they are BBB-accredited, where they store their product, whether they offer free shipping or returns and how they test for purity. Look for a GMP-compliant company that submits their kratom to third party labs where it can be tested for heavy metals and other potential contaminants.

See what they have to say for themselves. Drop them an email and inquire about how they got started and what makes them special. Don’t be shy. If a vendor is legit they’ll be all too happy to regale you with their origin story and the particulars of their product line.

RESILIENCE

Don’t be discouraged if even the so-called “best of the best” turns out to be bogus. No seller is God, no matter how much less-than-humble bragging you find on their About Us page. We’ve all made missteps and the most trusted brands have learned from these mistakes.

If you get burned, get back up and try again. Sooner or later, you’ll find the brand that’s right for you. They’ll be the one that treats you right, prioritizes client needs and rewards return customers with coupon codes and other goodies.

RESOLUTION

No, I’m not talking about kratom capsules like they’re your New Years’ promise to get in shape or quit smoking, I’m talking about resolving to hold off on buying cheap kratom extract until you’ve found a vendor you can trust.

It’s very tempting to motor on down to your local smoke shop and snap up the cheapest solution they have on display. But if you want quality and potency from a legit source, you’ll have to practice a certain degree of patience.

Make it your mission to find the right one because when you do, you won’t want to leave. Take it from someone who consistently orders his personal stash from the same three suppliers I’ve been dealing with for the last four years.

THE TOP 3 KRATOM SHOPPE ALTERNATIVES OF 2020

In the interest of streamlining your approach, I’ve assembled a short list of the three brands I recommend the most. Each of these sellers has a solid reputation for freshness, affordability and dedicated customer support.

  • Meridian Botanicals
  • MitraGaia
  • PDO Botanicals (Pharmacy Dropout)

As I mentioned in my strains guide, each vein color possesses its own unique effects. So, different users will want different strains for very different reasons. This brings us back to the three Rs, particularly Research.

Once you’ve researched the strain that suits your individual needs, you’ll want to explore each of these vendors’ online catalogs to see if they’ve got what you’re looking for.

Don’t see what you want? Ask them if they can source the strain you desire and see what they can do to meet your needs.

BOTTOM LINE

If you’re in the market for a homegrown outfit that treat their customers like family, these are the people you want to connect with. Unlike their predecessors at Kratom Shoppe, they won’t rip you off or let you down.

Bob Freville
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