Re: Egyptian hookahs
The advantage of shopping in person is that you have the ability to do "quality control" based on your standards. HookahWaffle's post is a very good and thorough run down on the different things to keep in mind. Do some walking and research of the different vendors in the market and try not to buy something on your first lap. Just look and inspect the different pipes and keep mental tabs on who offers what so when you are ready to buy you can go straight to the vendor that looked most promising and do some haggling(if thats your thing). "Caveat Emptor" is the motto to keep in mind, just be aware that for the most part that you get what you paid for.
If you exhaust all the choices in the market and are not satisfied, I would order overseas but only after exhausting all your local possibilities.
36" Al Falkher Solid - 36" KM Copper Heart Two Hose - 22" Temsah Mini-Wheat(a.k.a. Golden Nugget)