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That is a fake Cuban cigar

May 14, 2008
As a result of the trade embargo between the United States and Cuba, Cuban cigars are not legal in the United States at all. As a matter of fact, even if they United States citizen is traveling outside of the country, they are not legally permitted to own or smoke one of these cigars. As a result of this embargo, many individuals feel that Cubans are the best in the world.

One of the main problems that you're going to run into if you decide to purchase a Cuban cigar is the fact that it may be counterfeit. It doesn't matter what kind of high priced item you're talking about, if it is in demand, there is going to be a counterfeit that is available. This is true whether you're talking about watches, pocketbooks or any other item which can be easily duplicated. If you keep your eye open and know what you're talking about, however, it is fairly easy to spot one of these imitations.

One of the first places that you may end up finding imitation Cuban cigars is while you're on vacation in another country. Most people that are traveling to the Caribbean on a cruise or perhaps on vacation in Mexico may love to sneak one of these forbidden smokes. More than likely, however, what you are getting is a cheap imitation, even though it may be a fairly decent cigar. Most people that purchase these fake Cuban cigars really would not know the difference anyway, they simply enjoy the thought of having something that is otherwise unavailable.

So the process of identifying a Cuban cigar is actually a little tricky. But some of the main things to look for is to make sure the Cuban cigar (If you ever do decide to buy it from the streets) doesn't come in some plastic wrapper. Scam artists usually put them in cellophane wrappers. No real Cuban cigar ever comes in a cellophane wrapper. Their is the Fonseca brand but it comes wrapped in a very tiny sheet of almost silk like paper.

Plus the main indication that should turn on your radar is the price that you are getting the Cuban cigars at. If its cheap like $100 to $200 a box, you are being had. Go to Cuba and they will give you this look if you ask for Cuban cigars for that price. Cubans take their Cuban cigars very personally and rightfully so. It's a product that has history going back for hundred of years and if someone is selling it to you for that low, they are simply insulting your intelligence. Not to mention you are completely wasting your money.
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