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Old March 4th, 2008, 12:25 PM
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Default Why to NOT buy a Chinese Knockoff Hookah.

This post is solely dedicated to reasons why you should NOT buy a Chinese KNOCK-OFF hookah. Obvious and less obvious reasons.

(These do not include Mya hookahs, as they kick ass and aren't fully made in China)


1. Most are made with ALUMINUM downstems/cores.
(This metal is NOT stainless, and will NOT hold up well to heat at all. It is cheap to buy, cheap to use, easy to sell off to new Hookah smokers)
2. Most are Common chamber and PLATED.
(They have a common Chamber, BUT covering the chamber is a plate made of aluminum with tiny holes. This makes the pull terrible.)
3. The Chinese are looking for another way to rip off something traditional.
(The Chinese DID in fact have their own traditional form of hookah, but the form that they copy today is nothing like what they had.)
4. They rip-off reputable companies and try to sell it off with bright colors.
(Most of the people who buy Chinese hookahs don't know of the Internet market, or like the colors. Don't be fooled; Just like in the Animal Kingdom, bright colors mean STAY AWAY!)
5. You are supporting a market that loves to infringe on copyrights and make shitty versions of the original.
(Self-Explanatory).
6. You are supporting the ability of Smoke Shop Owners to raise the prices of Chinese hookahs 150-200%.
(Yes, that's correct. What they buy for 20 bucks, they sell for 150-190. I'll give you an example next time I am in the shop down the street. You will cry.)
7. You will get shit for it by real hookah smokers.
(I have been to many houses in which a shitty Chinese hookah is being used. Yes, i voice my thoughts. I am very good at making them think about their purchase. I know a lot about hookahs, and normal people are amazed by it. It turns them. )

Basically, any hookah that comes in Bright Red, Green, Blue, Purple, Orange, Pink, Yellow or all of the above is a Chinese Rip-off. Stay Away. Don't feed the dirty Chinese hookah market, it'll bite your digits right off.
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Old March 4th, 2008, 01:15 PM
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+1
Nice post Zen but i believe there are some exceptions (very few), where you get a good quality,non-mya, chinese rig (never happened to me, tho:P) One such example might be the stargate.
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Old March 4th, 2008, 03:10 PM
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My chinese hookah from texashookah totaly fits that description lol. However as far as smoking ability, I have no complaints.
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Old March 4th, 2008, 03:15 PM
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+1!


Ugh if I had known better, I wouldn't had bought that "Green Blade" chinese hookah a my first when I was a newb! I sold it off to a friend for a better and nicer looking Egyptian hookah as the same price as the first.

Low and behold! I'm havin a session with my old hookah with the friend who bought it and there was RUST on the part on the stem where you put your bowl at!

Geez if I had known that was a cheap, chinese knock off, I would have saved myself $40 instead of buying that piece of crap :\
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Old March 4th, 2008, 03:19 PM
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Stargates aren't knockoffs, they get Knocked off. H-S, Nazar, TXHookah all sell real ones. I think SocialSmoke does as well.

The thing i mainly hate is the over-pricing. Smoke SHop owners completely SCREW buyers.
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Old March 4th, 2008, 03:21 PM
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Stargates aren't knockoffs, they get Knocked off. H-S, Nazar, TXHookah all sell real ones. I think SocialSmoke does as well.

The thing i mainly hate is the over-pricing. Smoke SHop owners completely SCREW buyers.
Hehe yah and I DID buy it at a hookah shop! But luckily for me, they only charge like $40 for it :P Thank God cuz I'd be even more pissed off it they charged ANY more than that!

I think the way Chinese hookahs trick you is by the looks and colors. You think "dayyyummm! that's such a awesome hookah" and then find out that the materials used are crappy as hell
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Old March 4th, 2008, 03:23 PM
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HAHAAH seriously! Like that one that loks like the QT, the base is multi-colored and stuff. Ugh.

The shop down from my house is the worst, the most expensive rig there (they are all Chinese) is 190. 190!!!!!!!!!!!! And this kid actually left one AT MY HOUSE after using my Mya.
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Old March 4th, 2008, 03:25 PM
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HAHAAH seriously! Like that one that loks like the QT, the base is multi-colored and stuff. Ugh.

The shop down from my house is the worst, the most expensive rig there (they are all Chinese) is 190. 190!!!!!!!!!!!! And this kid actually left one AT MY HOUSE after using my Mya.
Lmao omg wow!

Reminds me of the crappy one in front of my university.they sell knock off mya qts and I wouldn't doubt it if they charged it a lot cuz they rip off everything.

I saw some Ivory Syrians, but I soooo highly doubt that they were real!
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Old March 4th, 2008, 03:40 PM
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actually so far the ony real complaint i have about the one i have is it doesnt purge that well... other than that it actually seems to smoke better than my egyptian
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Old March 4th, 2008, 04:00 PM
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Just like in the Animal Kingdom, bright colors mean STAY AWAY!
nice line, lol
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Old March 4th, 2008, 05:24 PM
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actually so far the ony real complaint i have about the one i have is it doesnt purge that well... other than that it actually seems to smoke better than my egyptian
Same here mine doesn't purge for shit! However I dont think it smokes as well as my KM
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Don't forget. it's called Red China for a reason. Don't give your money to the communists. LOL
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Old March 4th, 2008, 05:42 PM
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Don't forget. it's called Red China for a reason. Don't give your money to the communists. LOL
hahaha. hate the govt, not the people.
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Old March 4th, 2008, 09:24 PM
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I understand from Mahir that Stargates are great and since I know he's a straight shooter i'll take take him at his word. A buddy of mine in the states bought one from him but I haven't heard how it worked out.

Chinese knockoffs are shiny junk which you shouldn't buy do to quality but also because our fellow humans deserve more and lots of great rigs are around for reasonable prices. After having so many bad experiences with Mya i'm astounded that anyone would buy them unless they were really cheap. Seriously people when you can get a lovely MZ or KM for around $60 it's nuts to buy anything from China.
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Old March 4th, 2008, 09:59 PM
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I understand from Mahir that Stargates are great and since I know he's a straight shooter i'll take take him at his word. A buddy of mine in the states bought one from him but I haven't heard how it worked out.

Chinese knockoffs are shiny junk which you shouldn't buy do to quality but also because our fellow humans deserve more and lots of great rigs are around for reasonable prices. After having so many bad experiences with Mya i'm astounded that anyone would buy them unless they were really cheap. Seriously people when you can get a lovely MZ or KM for around $60 it's nuts to buy anything from China.
i got my stargate from nazar, this thing rocks!


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Old March 4th, 2008, 10:04 PM
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lol@anal blast
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Old March 4th, 2008, 10:07 PM
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Default Re: Why to NOT buy a Chinese Knockoff Hookah.

My friend got a Chinese knock off and since I've had it I found a few flaws. it leaks around the base since the stem screws onto it. The hose was horrible. and the stem doesn't ever really come clean since its aluminum. It also dents really easy.
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Old March 4th, 2008, 10:16 PM
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my first hookah was a chinese hookah, the one pictured. after buying a better one i put it away before giving it a good clean, and good drying. today i opened the case it came in and its rusted. it practically rusted on its own! pretty crappy if you ask me! the hose it came with constantly had black dust coming out of it and the pull was really bad! it was also very hard to guage the water level because the base was painted camo colours.

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Old March 4th, 2008, 10:48 PM
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I have one of those, but in different color. It sucks, but it smokes well...I like it, because it was my first hookah, but if it wasn't, it'd be trash.
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Bryan......you told me to add it to the site so you can buy it
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Bryan......you told me to add it to the site so you can buy it
i tried to but you know who ordered all of it!
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Old March 4th, 2008, 11:54 PM
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ya i know...but take that down please
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Old March 4th, 2008, 11:57 PM
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ya i know...but take that down please

the world just isnt ready for a product like anal blast.
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Old March 5th, 2008, 12:52 AM
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hahaha
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Old March 5th, 2008, 12:53 AM
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yea my buddy got a knock off of a stargate for himself on his birthday. It looked pretty though, it was a stargate rotator...and then it sucked.
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