Originally Posted by blacklit
always best to go through the suppliers as you'll save significantly.
on lowering costs...
if you're looking to save (what entrepreneur isn't?) consider MYA. i'm not affiliated with nor do i favor them in particular but their stuff is much cheaper.. and (i didn't know this until i had to deal with them personally) have 3-year replacement warranties an ALL parts.. something vendors neglect to tell us. parts are also easily available and replaceable, which you'll appreciate with the amount of traffic you're expecting. the different models would also make for an interesting ambiance.
for tobacco, try to deal directly with Starbuzz, Romman (hookah-shisha?), Tangiers, Al Fakher, etc.
been deployed to the middle east?
have you had the opportunity to visit the middle east and see prices for hookahs and tobacco? the difference is outrageous!
skip the middle-men...
don't go through the middle-men charging those prices. instead, be the middle-man charging them : ) your small business will enjoy perks from the suppliers you endorse.
GOOD LUCK!!! do share photos when you have them ~
We actually based our Hookah costs off of MYA hookahs at $120 a piece, but that of course is not considering wholesale prices. It would be much cheaper, and I will definitely have to look into dealing with them as well as Starbuzz, Thangiers and so on as well. Knowing about the replacement warranty with MYA is really something to consider, thanks so much for the information on that!
Being deployed here has it's plus' such as cheaper shisha and hookahs, however we do not have access to brands such as Starbuzz or Tangiers, at least not at the bazaar located here. So a plus being we can taste test a lot of brands/flavors for cheaper than back home but downside is the brands here are not directly reflected back home.
Of course eventually we will open up a shop once we have the main business settled and started but that is for down the road. Not trying to rush and spread money across two different things, just rather focus on one part (Hookah Lounge) then eventually upgrade/add on as the time comes!
But again, thank you so much for the information. Let's us re-run ideas by each other and consider new options!