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Old March 20th, 2010, 05:16 PM
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that's exactly right Jride. I'm looking at the paintball industry (cause it's a big thing for me), and the prices online are often a hundred...two hundred less online for a high end marker than in any of the local stores around me, and that's because they get a much higher volume than any of the local stores, which brings down the costs per piece of product, which is what i thought most industries would follow
but until one online vendor drops their price significantly, no other vendors will change their prices because the competition is already close enough right now.

We need a new vendor to burst onto the scene and just change the whole game up.
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Old March 20th, 2010, 05:46 PM
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but until one online vendor drops their price significantly, no other vendors will change their prices because the competition is already close enough right now.

We need a new vendor to burst onto the scene and just change the whole game up.
let me find someone who i can import with...hmmm.
if only i weren't living in a dorm room
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Old March 20th, 2010, 06:06 PM
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If I had the know-how and capital I would be willing to go Costco style, 14% markup on perishables (shisha) and 10% markup on everything else. It would just be difficult getting relationships with the suppliers, shipping from overseas, etc.
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Old March 20th, 2010, 06:22 PM
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yeah, that would definitely be tough. I wish I knew someone in egypt, if I could get an in at the KM shop and import directly from them that would be amazing. I like the way you think though
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Old March 20th, 2010, 06:39 PM
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wow, now is that in a major middle eastern community? that's crazy...200 for a large light
I am willing to bet it was not A Middleeastern store. One time I was visiting a friend in the suburbs and I saw cigar store (headshop) on the way and they had a few hookahs in the window so stepped in to buy some shisha to bring in with me. They had AF for $27, Fusion for 30 and Starbuzz for $49...of course I walked out very quicly before the guy can say may I help you.
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Old March 20th, 2010, 06:41 PM
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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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Old March 20th, 2010, 07:40 PM
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I just saw that...maybe when I have a house of my own...i'd LOVE to do it, but it's hard to get started when you're in a college dorm or apartment heh
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