You can tell a lot about a kratom vendor based on their longevity or lack thereof. A company’s quality is in direct correlation with its endurance, which may explain why King’s Kratom has foundered in such the way that it has.
King’s Kratom was a popular North American kratom brand whose owners managed offices in both Utah and West Virginia. According to Open Corporates, King’s Kratom was incorporated by Sterling Carl Tucker in April, 2019, but the brand had already been on the market for some time. Users have been reviewing King’s Kratom since 2018 and some even claim that the company was founded in 2017.
Today, the brand appears to have evaporated into thin air. There is no website. No online store. No social media activity. More importantly, there are no customers enjoying what used to be billed as “the strongest kratom online.”
Many kratom suppliers come and go, but King’s Kratom was around for at least five years before its owners called it quits. What happened to this Beehive State favorite? Find out all about this vendor’s pros, cons, and possible reasons for dissolution in our complete kratom vendor review.
King’s Kratom started out as legit as your average independently-owned kratom vendor, with a mail order service that grew from word of mouth. As the name caught on, the company evolved, and the owners launched a new e-commerce site in 2019.
If you went to Visitingkratom.com, you would have seen the stuff that’s typical of a new supplier—eye-popping graphics, bold claims, empty promises, and colorful pictures of kratom powder. Alas, you can no longer see any of this because the site went kaput. For whatever reason, this vendor decided some re-branding was in order. Thus, Visitkingskratom.com became Buykingskratom.com.
Somewhere along the way, King’s Kratom moved its base of operations from Utah to the Maryland Crossing of Nevada, where many kratom vendors have thrived. The greater Las Vegas area boasts nearly as many kratom suppliers as St. Petersburg, FL. Once it was relocated, King’s Kratom’s new website went up.
It is difficult to determine when this company went out of business because no formal record of dissolution exists. On the contrary, the company’s online store still remains up, though it is clearly inactive. When you visit Buykingskratom.com, you see elements of the original menu (Place an Order, Satisfaction Guarantee, etc.), but none of these pages can be found when you click on them.
One of the potential nails in this vendor’s coffin could be its marketing and sale of enhanced kratom products. The website prominently featured a page for “Up to 20x Higher 7-OH,” which points to the synthetic enhancement of kratom’s natural alkaloids. While such enhancement remains legal in most US states, there has been much consternation from lawmakers regarding such products.
Some legislators have called for a ban on kratom extracts and have amended their own regional versions of the Kratom Consumer Protection Act with this in mind. One of the many aims of the Kratom Consumer Protection Act is to outlaw any kratom products that do not reflect natural wellness. Under such language, kratom extracts would be verboten.
Many of the comments made by this vendor prior to its dissolution suggest a vendor who was skating on thin ice. In any industry that is under intense scrutiny, it does not pay to be a braggart about your above-normal alkaloid content, especially if you’re going to tell tall tales about it. This is precisely what King’s Kratom did at the time.
At the height of its popularity, this brand sold a wide range of exotic kratom strains and proprietary kratom blends, such as Bliss Blend, Elephant Kratom, Green Indo, Green Hulu Kapuas, Green Malay, Red Bentuangie, Red Dampar, Red Jakarta, Red Maeng Da, Slippery Rock, Ultimate 7-OH, White Dragon, White Horn, White Sumatra, and Yellow Vietnam.
Price may have been another negative variable, one that could have sunk a far superior company. Its small-batch kratom started at $19.95 for two ounces, which isn’t too shabby. After all, vendors charge as much as $15 for a single kratom ounce (see: My Brave Botanicals). However, two ounces amounts to less than fifty-seven grams, which is very little compared to the five hundred grams most vendors sell for around $50.00.
When you consider that Mitragaia sells a half-kilo for $48 it’s hard to justify spending $20 on less a quarter. Unfortunately, that isn’t the worst price point that King’s Kratom advertised. The brand’s “mega jar” kratom kilo sold for $159.95, which is at least $35-40 more expensive than the industry average. Many trusted vendors charge $120-125 for a premium kratom kilo, while others charge as little as $85.99.
Payment methods were King’s Kratom sole saving grace, seeing as how they accepted CashApp, cryptocurrencies, Facebook Pay, and Google Play at a time when the industry was too slow to keep up. This vendor even accepted COD (Cash On Delivery) after many companies had given up out of sheer frustration.
What’s more, King’s Kratom happily accepted credit/debit cards big and small, including AmEx, Discover, Maestro, MasterCard, and VISA. This payment option seemed promising at the time, as other brands were losing the ability to process credit card transactions. It spoke to a merchant processing firm’s belief in King’s Kratom when other vendors would have been considered too high risk.
Back when it was open, King’s Kratom was all about saving you beaucoup bucks. At least, that is how it presented itself. You could join its mailing list to receive “exclusive” e-mails with promotional codes. You could even get as much as forty percent off an order if you advertised SaveTheyNeighbor.org on your personal accounts.
Some of its deals were legit, such as its option for free kratom samples, but these offers were not original, nor were they enough to convince users to return for more. With its social media accounts down and its website inactive, King’s Kratom will not be doling out any more special deals.
Opinions have been sharply divided regarding King’s Kratom, with some calling it beyond potent and others calling trash. One user on Reddit wrote, “I’ve been buying King’s Kratom for over a year. It’s the strongest kratom I’ve found … the owner … makes a lot of sensational claims … Last October, I placed an order … a week went by and there was no status change. I ‘chat with us’ feature on the website did not work, and no one answered my texts … There was never ANY acknowledgment from the company about what happened, nor any apology.”
Another user said, “My only experience with King’s is when I bought it from a local herb shop before I started ordering from vendors online, and it was basically dirt.” Yet another Reddit member wrote, “These people are f***ed up. I bought a sizable amount well over a year ago. Several months go by, nothing. Finally these people send me an email with some bulls**t excuse about how someone broke their foot … and to make up for it they were going to double my order for free … haven’t heard a thing from them since. Stay away from Kings Kratom.”
Based on our research, it would seem as though King’s Kratom tested its kratom products for heavy metals and other potential contaminants. However, there is little tangible evidence of this lab-testing besides the tangential evidence offered in exciting brand reviews and customer comments at online kratom forums.
Its website read, “We guarantee unmatched kratom purity, potency, and price!” Two out of three of those guarantees may have been true, but it’s unclear whether purity was one of them.
From what we have gathered from consumer feedback and company history, King’s Kratom appears to have been less than legit. Its penchant for making questionable claims and allegedly stiffing customers on their orders suggests a vendor that was anything but trustworthy.
Don’t let the similar name fool you. Although King Kratom is a participant in the AKA’s GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) program, King’S Kratom has no affiliation with this brand. The AKA never offered any approval of King’s Kratom.
The AKA’s GMP program is vital to the future of the kratom industry, insofar as it establishes standards by which kratom processors must adhere, standards that extend from manufacturing and labeling to marketing, distribution, and more.
Many factors could have been behind the sudden disappearance of King’s Kratom in 2021. Its reputation was somewhat poor, its prices were somewhat expensive, its powders may have been enhanced by synthetic means, and its business practices may have left something to be desired.
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