Re: why the major price difference?
I would say the main factor is that the vast majority of the vendors are based out of states like California that have extremely high tobacco taxes. **********, Hookahstore, TheHookah, and HookahCompany are all based out of CA if i remember correctly. I think H-S might be too.
HookahSet is out of NY and their prices are a lot lower. Nazar Hookah is out of FL and his prices tend to be low-ish as well.
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