P.T. Barnum once famously said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” This expression applies just as much to the ethnobotanical industry as it does to the world of carnies and Rubes.
Many unwitting consumers seek out the cheapest kratom they can find. Such frugality is not without its merits, but when you buy bulk kratom powder and kratom capsules, you need to know who you’re dealing with.
Over the last few years, we’ve seen an influx of sketchy kratom vendors taking the industry by storm. Some of them operate e-commerce sites and advertise through legitimate channels while others lurk on online kratom forum communities.
The latter category of creeps will wait with baited breath for someone to post a question about the best place to purchase Mitragyna speciosa and then leap at the opportunity to promote their questionable brand.
Incidents of shills pushing products on social media platforms became so common that sites like Reddit imposed strict limitations on what they could post and how brand names are allowed to be mentioned. As of this writing, users are no longer able to simply rave about a vendor without supporting evidence.
Back in 2016, Aroma Cartel became a popular subject on Reddit with users posting their experiences with the supplier’s kratom strains and asking others to share their own experiences with this company.
The results of my research show a third party supplier in gross violation of the basic business practices of top quality vendors.
If you heard the name “Aroma Cartel,” you’d be forgiven for picturing some sort of crime syndicate muscling in on the the business of fragrant herbs because that’s allegedly what they were. I say allegedly because it is impossible to confirm or deny any of the claims made by past customers.
As it stands Aroma Cartel no longer possesses ownership of their domain name, nor does an Aroma Cartel website exist in any functional capacity. Website Informer’s overview of their URL suggests that they were targeting consumers with dubious keywords such as diablo spice and cheap herbal potpourri.
Needless to say, this is not the decorum of a top shelf seller. Most of the white hats in the kratom space pride themselves on offering only the freshest, purest Mitragyna speciosa leaf around. Their online stores are stocked with lab-tested product which is guaranteed to be safe and potent.
By contrast, the breadcrumb trail of Aroma Cartel’s past activity suggests a vendor that cared less about quality and more about exploiting the demand for cheaper solutions. Although many users have attested to their generous portions (one reviewer mentions that the weight of their order was five percent more than they paid for), it is obvious at a glance that they were peddling surplus goods.
One post references their packaging inferior packaging, noting the fold in baggies that was stapled together. As any seasoned user already knows, stapling creates holes in the plastic which enable kratom powder to be exposed to air. Such an oversight would inevitably lead to stale kratom of minimal efficacy.
Even though this same post refers to Aroma Cartel as a legit source, it is clear that proper packaging was not adhered to. Furthermore, their pricing appears to have been cause for concern from the very start; their Aroma Cartel coupon codes were good for as much as 90% off at checkout, something that seems counter-intuitive to the growth of a new business.
As if this wasn’t enough, they had a history of refunding customers’ money after frequently running out of product. This points to a disorganized operation, one that did not account for contingencies such as depletion of inventory.
Perhaps the shadiest aspect of this seller’s dealings was their lack of transparency. Consumers often placed an order for what they rightly assumed was Aroma Cartel kratom. Upon arrival, their package would contain bulk powder from another vendor entirely.
As one user wrote, “I got a bunch of f**king Kraken Kratom Maeng Da? It was definitely not advertised like this. Something is definitely off about these labels? Is this real Kratom? Has this happened to anyone else? I can’t even remember when I ordered because it was delayed…No wonder it was so cheap lel.”
I think you’ll agree that there is little reason to trust a brand of this nature, especially since it wasn’t an actual brand so much as a clearinghouse for generic bulk product. Any kratom watchdog group will tell you that their business practices flout all the rules of the game.
The good news is, this dealer has vanished into the proverbial ether. Their site has been all but completely scrubbed from search engines and forum members haven’t posted Aroma Cartel Reviews in years.
The even better news? There are plenty of legit sources for Maeng Da and red vein kratom powder online.
Those who patronized the AC website were looking for split kilos and full kilos at small batch kratom prices. Fortunately for the discerning consumer, there are a number of trustworthy sources for affordable brick kratom deals.
The following is my short list of the top bulk kratom vendors. Based on extensive research, each of these brands represents the upper-echelon for outsize orders. Each has been thoroughly vetted and I’ve personally sampled their wares.
Before you get burned by some fly-by-night supplier with a habit of cutting corners and bamboozling unsuspecting consumers, do your due diligence by digging into their background. If such a background is not a matter of public record then they’re probably up to no good. Caveat emptor.
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