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Old April 13th, 2010, 12:26 AM
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ok so i was browsing ebay about a week or ago and came accross this hookah, not thinki'ng i would win i said why the hell not and put a $20 bid on it, as you can see i won lol, and the guy i got it from was pretty chill, got it today & i guess this guy desnt ship very often so when i got it nothing was bubble wrapped so apearently during shipping it got a few scratches and the bowl broke, it was pretty dirty so i cleaned the hell out of it and gave it a whirl, it smokes pretty good so far w/no leaks or anything and i told the guy what had happened, he asked for some pics, now i'm waiting to see if he wants to do anything to fix the situation, it's not a bad rig, just a few cosmetic flaws, it's abt 20" tall but all the hookahs like it i tried to find online looked alot smaller than what this is, i've seen it called the stargate hookah and th espresso hookah, any one know for sure which one it is? here are some pics

the beast itself, thinking of calling it "tesla"

some of the corrosion i had to clean off
top of the base
base of the stem

top of the stem

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chip in the base (its really thick accrilyc)

broken bowl


keep in mind i only paid $20 for it vs. some of the prices i found them for online
but any way let me know what you guys think
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Old April 13th, 2010, 12:33 AM
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no matter how cheap he sold it, he has to make sure everything is well packed, or atleast everything won't break during the shipping imo..

I would just ask for a small refund, or a new bowl, and leave the scratches etc.. since you got it for such a cheap price, but you can also complain about that if you feel like.
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Old April 13th, 2010, 01:07 AM
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ive been very close to buying off ebay and have simply held off from it. Looking at a KM from one of the vendors on this site....good luck with this though.
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Old April 13th, 2010, 01:28 AM
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Default Re: the risks of ebay

For 20 bucks thats a decent deal. Just be sure to brush and clean it well with water and lemon or vinegar. You don't wanna inhale anything funny from this thing
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Old April 13th, 2010, 06:40 AM
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that sucks man i used to have a stargate hookah it smoked ike a champ
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Old April 13th, 2010, 08:22 AM
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that is a pretty neat looking rig. I have seen similar ones on different vendors sites. Very contemporary looking. Hope it smokes well after a good cleaning. Smoke happy.

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Old April 13th, 2010, 08:34 AM
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KoRnKitten will know .. she use to have a Stargate and loved it!

Good price for a hookah, too bad it wasn't packaged up better.
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Old April 13th, 2010, 08:48 AM
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You can see the seller didn't take proper care in packaging the bowl so wait to see what is offered..thinking amount should be replacement cost of bowl. concerning the dirt, alot of sellers do not clean things..they just sell as found so that is ok .
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Old April 13th, 2010, 08:48 AM
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I have this same Stargate hookah, but mine is 30 inches. Be careful when you are screwing the stem into the base because you can strip the acrylic really easy. Other then that nice hookah
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Old April 13th, 2010, 11:44 AM
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Thats a pretty sweet deal man. Even though there are a few problems with it it's still a steal. I mean one can of SB is 20 bucks and you got a hookah for the same price.
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Old April 13th, 2010, 12:31 PM
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For 20 bucks you have nothing to worry about man, enjoy the hookah.
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Old April 13th, 2010, 12:37 PM
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I have that same stargate as my current 'main' rig. The main problem I have with it is that it does get really dirty. I scrub it and clean it and it always seems to still be dirty. Plus the finish started cracking off the outside. It does smoke pretty well, the down stem is pretty wide other than where it connects to the top of the base. Doesn't restrict airflow to much though.
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Old April 13th, 2010, 11:39 PM
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yeah it smokes pretty well but if i pull too hard a little water tries to get up the hose, not even gona try to use the hose it came with since, when i tried to wash it nothing but brown water and little pices of rust or dirt or whatever came out, and it only smelled like shisha so i think i'm safe on that aspect, need to get some longer brushes to clean it a little better, it came with 3 half full tubs of HH that i just threw away, not gona trust an open container, some coals, some foil, and a lighter lol, btw thanks guys, glad you like it, i thought it was a pretty good deal too, if anything i'll at least try to get a new bowl from him
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Ah for $20 thats not a bad rig
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Default Re: the risks of ebay

i got a stargate hookah also and it smokes like a champ.. u got a sweet deal!
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Default Re: the risks of ebay

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KoRnKitten will know .. she use to have a Stargate and loved it!

Good price for a hookah, too bad it wasn't packaged up better.

I did love mine. I had a 30 inch gun metal stargate though. I actually just threw her away last month after she sat in my kitchen being neglected because I kept saying I was going to refurbish her acrylic. It never happened. I miss her. She was my favorite one. I still haven't found a hookah that makes me as happy to this day

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I have this same Stargate hookah, but mine is 30 inches. Be careful when you are screwing the stem into the base because you can strip the acrylic really easy. Other then that nice hookah
Quoted for truth. KEEP YOUR ACRYLIC LUBED/ OILED and be GENTLE w/ it. It will start to shave off the acrylic when you are threading and it will start to leak air. : /

Also, water gets into the hose easier in this hookah, than my other ones. Try using a little less water. I only filled it up about and 1 and 1/2 over the stem or approx half the way of the bottom of the base and the acrylic.

Good luck. you got a great deal and it's legit.
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Old April 17th, 2010, 09:25 AM
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now that its been a few days, how is the hookah doing?
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Old April 17th, 2010, 01:20 PM
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I'm not a big fan of modern hookahs, but for $20 I would not have passed this one up. I agree with that the seller should have packaged it better... You should try to get some kind of compensation for the damages. If nothing else for the money you paid this could be your party hookah for when everyone gets a little wild XD
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Old April 17th, 2010, 03:42 PM
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now that its been a few days, how is the hookah doing?
smokes like a champ, ive used it proly 5-6 times now and the only complaint i have is it's a lil difficult to get all the water out of the base since there's a lip between where the acryllic and metal are joined and since we have hard water here the mineral deposits build up kinda fast so i need to get some long hookah brushes for the stem and chamber, and thanks to KornKitten who helped me determine that it's a real stargate hookah and not the knock off espresso hookah, oh and the guy i got it from is sending me a phunnel bowl to compensate for the other bowl & minor damage to the hookah w00t w00t!!
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Yeah not bad for 20 bucks.. Shame it got beat up a little.
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