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Old March 11th, 2008, 03:05 PM
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Default Local Vendor, wow. Just..wow. Just terrible.

I posted a thread earlier saying I was going to consider a local vendor for my first purchase, Well that was a mistake, the excitement almost got the better of me, but I figured I'd be best off to just wait it out and buy online.

Wow. This place is worse than I thought. First off, their entire "selection" of shisha was covered in dust, and 90% of it was a no name tabaccoless brand. I asked to take a look at the smaller hookahs, and it all seemed ok, but it was the lack of knowledge on the vendor's part that drove me away, and the price. She jumped at the chance to explain to me how the whole thing worked, ( I've learned all I need to know from Sambooka, but I thought I'd let her have her fun) but she was sorely uneducated. For someone who SELLS them for a living vs. me, someone who hasn't smoked a hookah at all, she sure emberassed herself in my eyes. The following is a list of what she was showing me vs. what she was telling me;

bowl grommet - rubber bowl stopper
purge valve - metal thing that twists off so you can shotgun the whole chamber at once(this was when i said nuh uh to myself and decided I wasn't buying)
The pin on the ring at the end of the tongs - the stem cleaner.


She was including ONLY the tongs, bowl, hose and grommets with the already inflated $55 price tag. I initially thought it was a MYA QT, but it turns out was just a small pumpkin, wow.


And here's the biggest gouge I ever saw..wait for it...when i said 250g boxes in the OP, I was WRONG. They sell 50 g boxes for TEN DOLLARS A PIECE. Nahkla at that!


needless to say, I'm glad I did my research and found this forum. I'm sure it was a fine pipe for starters, but the price was disgusting.

Thanks Hookahpro.com, I will be using one of your recommended vendors once I get my job sorted out, and pay back the $300 I owe myself.
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Old March 11th, 2008, 03:38 PM
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Default Re: Local Vendor, wow. Just..wow. Just terrible.

Yea local places are usually alot more pricey than buying online, but most know what they are talking about, sucks that one isn't one of them
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Old March 11th, 2008, 03:59 PM
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Default Re: Local Vendor, wow. Just..wow. Just terrible.

lol the 'stem cleaner' on the tongs hahaha that gave me a good laugh. i'm glad you didn't pay them a dime though... bleh
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Old March 11th, 2008, 04:05 PM
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Default Re: Local Vendor, wow. Just..wow. Just terrible.

lol, ive been told by a headshop employee that the poker was for cleaning the purge valve.

i was like uhh , yeah. ok good to know
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Old March 11th, 2008, 04:10 PM
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Default Re: Local Vendor, wow. Just..wow. Just terrible.

Atleast yours knows what a purge valve is!
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Old March 11th, 2008, 04:13 PM
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Default Re: Local Vendor, wow. Just..wow. Just terrible.

well he didn't say purge valve. he just pointed to it and said "this is to clean that"
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Old March 11th, 2008, 04:40 PM
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Default Re: Local Vendor, wow. Just..wow. Just terrible.

hahahaha, that was a good chuckle! Good to know that you are getting a lot of valuable information here rerotica!

I think you will be able to get a VERY NICE hookah for the same price, with all the fixings! (coals, tongs, bowl, grommets, shisha, hose, etc)

Look around at the threads, and online ... let us know what you are interested in and we, as a community, will help you out in your selection! (if ya want our help and can't make up your mind)

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Default Re: Local Vendor, wow. Just..wow. Just terrible.

Good greif! If I was going to give somebody a line of BS, at least I'd TRY to sound like I knew what I was talking about!
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Old March 11th, 2008, 06:45 PM
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wait, we aren't supposed to shotgun from the valve on the side?!
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Old March 11th, 2008, 06:56 PM
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Default Re: Local Vendor, wow. Just..wow. Just terrible.

When I hear stories like this it makes me not care that there is no local hookah store here. LOL Man those prices are robbery. Do they kiss you when you buy items, because they sure screw you.
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Old March 11th, 2008, 06:56 PM
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Default Re: Local Vendor, wow. Just..wow. Just terrible.

Since narghiles are trendy right now all sorts of people are trying to get in on the action and most of them know nothing and could care less about the hobby. I've noticed that a lot of "head"/porn shops are selling shisha stuff hoping to get in on the action. The same thing happened during the cigar boom but the good news is that in a year or two narghiles will no longer be trendy and at least 3/4s of the people you see doing it will move on to something else which will put all the fly by night vendors out of business.
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Old March 11th, 2008, 06:57 PM
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Default Re: Local Vendor, wow. Just..wow. Just terrible.

I don't know if you want to disclose this but when you say local what city are you referring to?
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Old March 11th, 2008, 07:17 PM
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I don't know if you want to disclose this but when you say local what city are you referring to?
rerotica is from canada i believe, ontario area.

there arent many parts on a hookah, so there isnt a great deal to remember. its pretty sad that someone would be so incorrect on something they sell.
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Old March 11th, 2008, 07:23 PM
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I don't know if you want to disclose this but when you say local what city are you referring to?
Themptations in Sarnia Ontario.
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Old March 11th, 2008, 08:53 PM
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Default Re: Local Vendor, wow. Just..wow. Just terrible.

Trust me, I have through the same sort of thing with a loca vendor. It astounds me how someone can run a business about hookah and not know crap about it!
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Old March 11th, 2008, 09:12 PM
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When ever something becomes trendy tons of people will try to cash in on it and it's not just narghiles. Same problems are found with used cd shops, sporting good places and anything else. Shisha stuff is worse because the craze is at it's height right now and since college kids aren't exactly the sharpest consumers ( yeah i'm old) they often buy on a whim. How else can one explain the mountains of Chinese knock offs, goldfish hookahs, camo hookahs and the other piles of junk people shell out real money for? Still, in a couple of years it'll have largely collapsed as people find some other trend to follow.
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Old March 11th, 2008, 09:14 PM
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Default Re: Local Vendor, wow. Just..wow. Just terrible.

LOL. We should all get jobs at local shops now. Educate the hookah world the RIGHT way. My local vendor is a pretty cool guy... I call him "the Arabian Elvis"
lol he laughed when i told him i was calling him that from now on
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Old March 11th, 2008, 09:28 PM
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How else can one explain the mountains of Chinese knock offs, goldfish hookahs, camo hookahs and the other piles of junk people shell out real money for?
doesnt make sense that i got my camo hookah from a arabic market. at least it was only 20 dollars.

im not sure if there is a hookah craze going on or not but from what i notice, there are idiots everywhere. not just in the hookah biz but in for example cafes. you ask them, "hey, i want a drink that has the most caffeine", and they hand you a americano. lots of knownothings out there in this world.

most of us here are hookah fiends who log in everyday, constantly think about hookah, fill our heads with so much knowledge that anyone else we meet who knows a bit will pale in comparison to us.
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Yep Hajo's right. Whenever anything becomes popular or trendy the money whores try to cash in. I'm suprised they aren't selling Chinese hookahs at gas stations. "Would you like some scratch offs or maybe this genuine Egyptian hookah?" LOL
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needless to say, I'm glad I did my research and found this forum. I'm sure it was a fine pipe for starters, but the price was disgusting.

Thanks Hookahpro.com, I will be using one of your recommended vendors once I get my job sorted out, and pay back the $300 I owe myself.

Thats what we are here for man. I'm glad it didn't work out at the vendor because I think you will be more happy overall dealing with the online vendors that know what there talking about and get better products to begin with.

Let us know what you decide on
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Old March 11th, 2008, 10:30 PM
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I'm almost 100% set on nazarhookahs "package deal", the 22" single, and all the fixin's.
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Default Re: Local Vendor, wow. Just..wow. Just terrible.

Good luck making your pick, I wish you the best because the first one is most important for building your love for the hobby.. It's sad that shops don't realize this and try to sell the good stuff and educate their clientele. If they would then they would build up a base of customers that would keep coming back.. For now though the deals are online.. I usually go with 3packs of 250g stuff from hookah-shisha.com. There are other websites with good deals like that, but if I go to my local store that much would cost me $75. from the website its $50 shipped to my door. Before you order check the vender discount section on this forum to see if there are any deals. I know that sounds opportunistic or whatever, but money is money and the more money you save the more you can spend on more stuff for your hookah

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Yep Hajo's right. Whenever anything becomes popular or trendy the money whores try to cash in. I'm suprised they aren't selling Chinese hookahs at gas stations. "Would you like some scratch offs or maybe this genuine Egyptian hookah?" LOL
LOL They are here in New Orleans. You can get a fill up on teh car and the hookah. No lie, I stopped in once on a business call and left laughing.
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Default Re: Local Vendor, wow. Just..wow. Just terrible.

WHAT?! Where can I get some tongs with a stem cleaner on em? I want some. What is the address of this store!!!??
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WHAT?! Where can I get some tongs with a stem cleaner on em? I want some. What is the address of this store!!!??
It does sound convenient huh?
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