The results of our product
naming contest are in, so hold on to your seat as we announce the WINNERS.
Before we do, since this IS the Buyers Guide, we would like to, once again, remind all of
our readers of the fine retailers we have found in our years of publishing RYO Magazine.
These are places where you, the adult smoking public, can find many or all of the products
we review here at fair, competitive prices and be assured as well of friendly, reliable
service. A list of these online sources immediately follows with links to their sites.
Below that are the names of the winners of each category.
www.ryotobacco.com (RYO Tobacco
(American Thrust Tobacco)
ABS Tobacco Shop
(ABS Tobacco Shop)
(Cascade Cigar & Tobacco)
(Rolling Papers Warehouse)
www.zensmoke.com (ZEN Retail
Papers & Products)
www.chills.com (Chills Papers
www.randys.com (Randy's Papers)
Rolling Paper Retail Outlet)
In addition some of the manufacturers
who advertise in this publication sell to the public, so while exploring each issue, click
on their banners as well to either buy or find out where their products may be available.
And now the WINNERS!
In the First
(A Bullet-proof luxury table top Injector modeled after the Supermatic but with all heavy
gauge stainless steel chrome components. This unit would be priced in the $100 US range
and would be effectively unbreakable)
In the Second
(An Ultra-High Quality, Elegantly Mild Turkish and Virginia Shag Tobacco Blend)
In the Third
(A Mint-Flavored (rather than traditional Menthol) Filtered Tube that would
have a refreshingly sweet, aromatic wintergreen or spearmint-like flavor.
So there you have it. It is interesting to
note that the last two category winners also submitted the top second place names (Mark
Sheppard with Casablanca, and Debbie Karp with Emerald Ice) but to be fair and always
generous we eliminated these excellent names as second place finishers and went to the
third tier in these last two categories. And remember these are only the opinions of we a
RYO Magazine and a few others who we let in on the debate during a New Year's Eve party
where to get a drink our guests (the one's that could still read) were required to pick
favorites from the list of about 50 finalists. That was a hoot! There were many great
entries and we suspect that there were some real pros involved.
Second Place for the First
Second Place for the Second
(Stan - no last name but we have your email address)
Second Place for the Third
Each of the second place
winners will receive an official RYO Magazine T-Shirt (See magazine cover page for more
info on these shirts). These are really cool looking, tastefully understated,
(no splashy designs), first quality Beefy-T Shirts
will be contacted by email and urged to call us at a special toll free number provided. In
the event contact or age verification fails, we will post and contact substitute winners
in their place. We hope you enjoyed the contest and let us know if these kinds of
adventures are to your liking. There is no reason we cannot make it a regular (or at least
semi-regular) feature in the future. And again thanks for the tremendous effort and
And, as always, thanks for reading RYO Magazine - Doug
Welcome to the RYO Magazine Buyer's Guide.
This section is an ongoing, constantly updated resource. Supplies for RYO smokers need not
be difficult to find. You have to be at least 18 years of age or in some cases 21 years of
age to purchase them but given that criteria is met, this special section is dedicated to
helping you find the best and most creative goodies out there. Shop around and patronize
your local stores when possible and don't be afraid to try something new. Most people
find their favorite tobaccos and sources only after much trial and error. We try to make
it simple for you but remember the links and suggestion contained herein are only our
opinions and the opinions of our readers. By the way, the category link buttons
above are Java applets so if you can't see them, use the text links below. Enjoy!