Re: Why to NOT buy a Chinese Knockoff Hookah.
Not ALL shiny hookahs are bad. There are some nice triple blown vases and nicer modern hookahs that aren't mass-manufactured CRAP. As long as the glass is blown and not machine molded then you'll get a good quality hookah. Good way to tell is if there is a seam down one or both sides of the vase. If there is a seam, it's machine made. As far as stems are concerned you can tell the difference simply in weight. Lighter means cheaper.