I can buy into the point this is not Tabacuba... No one buys or sells Cuban tobacco without their blessing, but I understand that they allow distributors to do their own thing, now and again. Point taken!
I hold Tabacuba responsible for not servicing me as a client... We have argued this time and time again, and frankly I am pretty much over it. I get it... They can get people to pay too much for crap, so why sell good cigars at a fair price with the market clamoring for crappy cigars at higher price points? I understand that the broader market, the larger cigar consuming populace that drives this... I proffer they have little taste, and less sense (MHO).
Where we differ is in the form of acquiescence and desperation. I am not willing to surrender my wisdom and good sense, nor my money for a 'thank God, hail Mary... they made a Dalia, hooray... mindset.' I also get I am not typical here.
I am not going to say you are wrong about your analysis either. We just think differently about it. I frankly don't care if they sell them or not. I have no vested interest.
Let me just add a note about the analysis of a body of data as I see it. If they sell, or they don't sell, the entirety of the process of marketing this cigar needs consideration.
I think it is pretty common knowledge that the people most attracted to this cigar are not as gullible regarding 'market gimmicks' as customers clamoring for trend cigar models. Frankly, these cigars are aimed at people like me. The vitola defines me and my coterie. They are counter-culture cigars. However, they come with an asinine attempt to market them as something other, an attempt to pander to the trendy cigar client. I believe you recognize this. If they don't sell, it could be due to pricing a counter culture cigar at a trend cigar level. We just don't know yet.
I believe that you think that if not packaged a certain way, they won't sell. So the question is then, why try to sell cabbage patch kids to beanie baby collectors? We can debate that another time.
If you fairly price and package this cigar to attract those wanting a Dalias to smoke it, it will sell. It will sell in bundles, 898 format, or in a cardboard box. The people who want the vitola, and the tobacco contained within will purchase it if you make it appealing to that market segment. The mistake in my mind is that this is already aimed at the incorrect market segment. I don't know yet... It will depend on the price. The savvy cigar smoker won't overpay for this cigar. They trendy cigar smoker... well I don't pretend to represent that segment. Price this at $200.00 and you will find out!
My placement in the market segment is a savvy smoker. I realize that this is just another cigar. It is not truly anything special. It is still tobacco, destined to become ash. It is unproven from a taste perspective. It is worth no more, and no less than any competitive cigar containing the same amount of tobacco. It is frankly no more a luxury item than pickled pigs feet! There is likely more actual cost associated with a jar of "Napa Valley Olives with Peppers and Garlic" than there is in this box of cigars!
The broader market supports selling fewer, larger, crapy cigars to my peers. I am outvoted with dollars (or other currencies). I understand that too. There is no need to pander to the counter-culture critic such that I am, when there are so many eager suckers waiting to gobble up any crap that a maker, or distributor can put into a shiny box!
So, to bring this full circle; the cigar is made for people like me. However the cigar is marketed (the box and potential price) to capture people that really don't want it... As a result, I am afraid that I cannot jump for joy over the effort. Price it right and I will strongly agree with the marketing effort and applaud those bringing it to market. Price it to support the trend in cigars and I will reject it. Putting it in a 10x box is an omen of a bad start. We shall see!
Always stimulating... Cheers! -R