Archive for the ‘Updates’ Category

We’ve been hard at work picking out the best e-liquid brands for your vape setup! All of our locations’ store pages have been updated to reflect their current selection of quality e-liquid brands, including:

Cosmic Fog (and the Lost Fog collection) Cuttwood Donuts Element glas Kilo Naked Smoke Crossroads Specimen Velvet Cloud And more!

Keep in mind that each store carries different brands of e-liquid (not all brands are popular in all of our stores), so be sure to check your store’s page and/or social media accounts for more details on which juices they carry or are planning to carry in the future!

We’ve updated the pages for each of our locations to be more informative and useful for our customers. Some new features include:

List of Product CategoriesWant to know if your store carries a certain product before you come in?  Now you don’t have to worry about calling to ask, unless you’re looking for a specific product or brand.

List of E-Liquid BrandsIf you’re looking for a specific e-liquid brand, you’ll find this feature especially helpful. Not all of our stores carry the same brands of e-liquids, so this is a great way to find out just what your store has on the shelf.

Links to Social MediaEach store has its own social media accounts, so for the latest deals and newest products at your local store, follow them on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

What’s New in StoreSome of our stores even have a snapshot of their Twitter account on their store page. While not every store has a Twitter, the stores that do will post new products, restocked products, and sales, from glass screens to new heady pieces from local artists. Consider this a live feed of everything new in store!

While these are all of our new features, don’t forget you’re always welcome to comment on each store’s page. Just remember that if you have a question or concern, you’ll get a much quicker response if you contact us via the contact information provided on your store’s page.

We’re back and accepting orders, just in time for the holidays.  We’ve streamlined our existing product line and are proud to finally introduce our new exclusive Island Dyes line, which brings 11 new water pipes to the table.  These new water pipes are only available in Island Dyes retail locations and on our website.  With our new product line comes a sweet new label (available in 3 new colors) commemorating our more than 25 years serving North Carolina, Virginia, and D.C.:

Please note: the labels above are only available as options for water pipes in the Island Dyes line; the rest of our water pipes come with your choice of SYN label

As you’ve probably noticed, we’re currently not accepting orders on the website.  The good news is we’re currently revamping our product line and will have a bunch of new products available soon.  So while we do apologize for the inconvenience of being unable to place orders right now, rest assured that it’s a necessary step for us to get everything ready for some kick-ass new products!  Be sure to stay tuned to our blog for more details as they become available.

As of July 21, 2015, we will be requiring signatures upon arrival for all orders placed through  This is entirely for your protection and to ensure that your package arrives safely to the intended recipient.  As a result of this new policy there will be a small additional fee added to all orders we ship.  We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause, but rest assured we have implemented this policy for your protection.  For more questions about shipping, be sure to visit our page on shipping questions.

You may have noticed our website may not have been displaying properly for a brief period of time which may have prevented orders from being placed.  We just wanted to let you know that this was due to a recent security update on our servers that is now complete.  As always, we are committed to providing you with a safe and secure shopping experience and may periodically apply new security updates in the future that will result in minimal downtime.  For more information on the safety measures we employ on the Island Dyes website, please visit our page about Secure Shopping.

Big changes are coming to the Island Dyes online store! While we have decreased the number of products offered on the website, this has enabled us to drop the prices on ALL of our products. We’ve also added a few newcomers to the mix and are planning to add a bunch of new products to the site within the near future.

Also, please note that due to the high volume of orders at this time of year, orders may take up to 7-10 business days to process before shipping.   All of our items are made by hand, so please bear with us while we prepare your orders. Shipping times can range from 1-6 business days.  The time it takes between when your order gets placed and when your new tube arrives at your doorstep is equal to the processing time (7-10 business days) PLUS the time it takes to ship (1-6 business days).  It is not unusual during this time for orders to take as many as 2 weeks to arrive.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  If you have any additional questions about shipping, be sure to visit our page of Frequently Asked Questions.

Be sure to stay tuned to the Island Dyes site for future updates and subscribe to our blog.

We’ve recently implemented a number of additional security measures to further protect our customers. However, as a result, some customers’ cards have been declined despite having enough money in their accounts. We’d like to take this opportunity to remind our customers that if this ever happens to you when placing an order, please contact us immediately.  Do not attempt to charge your card again.

If you have any further questions regarding your order, we recommend checking out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.  We’ve also picked out a few other questions about credit cards below:

From the FAQs: Questions About Credit Cards

I placed an order on your website while I was out of the country and my card was declined. Why?

Even if you are placing an order with your U.S. issued credit/debit card and having it shipped to a U.S. address our system is configured to prevent your card from being processed if it detects that you are ordering from a foreign IP address.  This is yet another measure we have in place to prevent fraudulent transactions.

Do you accept Paypal?

We do not accept Paypal as a form of payment at this time.  We currently process our payments securely via  For more information on how we process your payment, please click here.

Can I use a prepaid credit card to make a purchase on the website?

Yes, HOWEVER, you must know the zip code associated with the prepaid card and enter it as your billing zip code at checkout.

Why must I know the billing zip code?

This is yet another security measure we employ to protect against fraudulent transactions.  Little to no consumer protections exist for prepaid credit cards, which means it is very easy for someone to steal your prepaid card and use it without ever getting caught.  By being required to provide the zip code associated with the prepaid card, we can effectively limit most unauthorized transactions.

In addition, prepaid cards are a favorite for credit card thieves because it enables them to incur the greatest charges in the shortest period of time.  Stolen credit cards are often used at unsuspecting retailers to purchase prepaid cards.

How do I find out the billing zip code for my prepaid card?

It varies from gift card to gift card, however some retailers will prompt you for a zip code when you pay for the card at the register.  If you did not provide this information, you will need to register your card online on the issuer's website or call customer service.  If you received the prepaid card as a gift, be sure to ask the person who gave it to you if they provided a zip code when purchasing your gift card, otherwise you will need to register the card yourself.  Certain cards such as Green Dot cards require you to register your card online or by phone before you can even use it, so your billing zip code will be the one you provided upon registration.  For specific instructions regarding prepaid cards issued by major providers, see below.

AMEX (American Express) Prepaid Cards

Includes: American Express Prepaid Gift Cards, American Express Serve Card (Updated: July 11, 2015)

American Express has two types of prepaid cards: prepaid gift cards and the American Express Serve card.  Although the American Express Gift Card website says you can use your gift card to make online purchases, it does not instruct you on how to register your gift card to attach a zip code to it.  We recommend calling customer service if you need to obtain or establish a zip code for your gift card.  As for the American Express Serve card, it operates much like a Green Dot card in that it requires online or phone registration before card activation and will prompt you for a billing address/zip code during this process.

Discover Prepaid Cards

Please note: As of April 30, 2015, Discover is no longer issuing any more prepaid gift cards. If your gift card was purchased prior to April 30, 2015, you will still be able to make purchases as long as you have a remaining balance.  You can still purchase a small variety Discover Prepaid Debit Cards.

Discover prepaid cards are usually restricted to certain retailers; however, if by some chance you have or are able to obtain a Discover prepaid card that is not limited to a particular retailer or network, their website seems to anticipate customers having problems with address verification online and encourages customers to call customer service to ensure an address is associated with their card.

Mastercard Prepaid Cards

Includes: AARP Foundation Prepaid Mastercard, American Cancer Society Gift Card, Bank Freedom Prepaid MasterCard, Bento Prepaid Debit MasterCard, Brink's Prepaid MasterCard, Prepaid MasterCard, CashPass, Control Prepaid Mastercard, MasterCard Gift Card, Green Dot Prepaid Mastercard, H&R Block Emerald Prepaid Mastercard, I.C.E MasterCard Prepaid Card, Key Possibilities Prepaid Gift Card, Kmart Halogen Card, Mango MasterCard Prepaid Card, Moven Prepaid MasterCard, Multi-currency Cash Passport Prepaid Mastercard, NetSpend Prepaid Mastercard, Travelex Multi-currency Cash Passport Prepaid Mastercard, PayPal Prepaid MasterCard, Univision MasterCard Prepaid Card, Walmart MoneyCard, Western Union NetSpend Prepaid Mastercard (Updated: July 11, 2015)

Depending on the issuer, your prepaid Mastercard may need to be registered with the card issuer.  For more information on Mastercard's website, click here.

VISA Prepaid Cards

Includes: AccountNow, ACE Elite, AchieveCard, Akimbo, Bank Freedom, BB&T MoneyAccount, BBVA Compass, Blinx On-Off, BuyRight, CardLab,, CashZone, Commerce Bank, excella, Green Dot, JH Preferred, Jump Card, Kaiku, MoneyGram, MyVanilla (Visa Vanilla), NetSpend, NexisCard, Only1, PayPower, PNC SmartAccess, PrestigePay, REACH Card, Regions Now, READYDebit, Midnight RushCard, smiONE Card, South Carolina Federal Credit Union, Suma Card, T-Mobile Visa, Tigo, TransCash, U.S. Bank Contour Card, UPside, Vision Premier, Walmart Money Card (Updated: July 11, 2015)

In order to make purchases online or by phone, VISA explicitly states that you must register your card online or by phone.  For more information on Visa's website, click here.

Why was my card declined? I have enough money!

We have a number of security measures in place to protect our customers, some of which may cause your card to be declined even if you have enough money in your account. If you believe your card was declined in error, please do NOT try to run your card again. Instead, give us a call.  If you continue to try to charge your card after it has already been declined, you may inadvertently become blocked in our system and it will be more difficult to pinpoint exactly what went wrong once you get in touch with us.

Common Reasons Credit/debit Cards Get Declined:

Reason How to Prevent
Address Mismatch Make sure that your billing address on the checkout page matches the address on file for your card.
Prepaid card not activated Sometimes prepaid cards can be tricky. The best way to make sure your prepaid card will not be declined is to try to use it elsewhere first to make sure it works.
Large purchase Your bank may have security settings that automatically decline transactions that they deem suspicious because they are over a certain amount (in some cases over $500). If your card is declined, it's a safe bet to call your bank to double-check.

The Island Dyes website is once again available and fully operational! We’ve recently moved our website to a new server to ensure faster, more consistent service. We apologize for the downtime, but you can now place orders again.

Did you notice our new blog? Now you can keep track of website updates via e-mail or our RSS feed, which you can find a link to at the bottom of any page of the website.

With the purchase of any water pipe, you can now get 50% off shipping any ash catcher to add on to your new tube. A few other new shipping deals include: Free shipping for any SYN sticker added to any order 25% off shipping for multiple concentrate rigs (first rig ships full price) 33% off shipping for multiple shirts (first shirt ships full price, unless you’re buying SYN glass) Please note that these items must be purchased in the same order for these discounts to apply and are only applicable to orders placed after July 19th, 2014 at noon EST.