Everyone allegedly has a relative or best friend working in a cigar factory in cuba. A cigar addict myself, I know they are fake for sure.
The only time I would buy a box off the street is if I was planning on handing them out to people who don't smoke cigars as gifts.
If you want cheap cigars, buy a box of Reloba's from a local for $10. They're fresh, cheap, and decent for the price.
Cigars are widely available on the black market and they are a fraction of the price that they sell for in the shops.
However, beware as you are only allowed to take 23 cigars out of Cuba without an official receipt for purchase.
Also, some of the black market ones are not as good quality as others. Do your research as to what you want and think carefully before buying.
Everybody and their brother will have cigars for you to buy. "Only 20 dollars, but you pay 75 in the factory" True, but when you buy them from the factory they are guaranteed to be real. Anywhere else, they are guaranteed to be fake. even if they let you try one, the rest will be fake. Besides, the factory prices may be a little more, but they are a steal compared to anywhere else in the world. Example, I bought a box of Montecristo #4 for $72.00, and they are selling for $413.00 back in Toronto.
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