Re: Why to NOT buy a Chinese Knockoff Hookah.
When you buy Chinese made products you are subsidizing slavery and communism which is something I would hope most of us would try to avoid. While it's true that you can get a decent amount of smoke to come out of a PRC made rig the reality is that the original list of problems cited by Zen at the start of the thread are all true and for the most part they apply to Mya as well.
Given that endless amounts of narghiles from Egypt, Syria and Turkey produce far better sessions, look better and last longer I simply can't justify buying something made in the PRC. I have several rigs that have seen heavy use for several years that still clean and function perfectly and I have never heard of such a thing from a PRC made rig. I know of countless examples of Arabic/Turkish/Persian made rigs that have been passed down for generations and certainly many new rigs that are able to out last the owner's kids. I can honestly say that such a rig has not and will not be made in the PRC.