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Old July 3rd, 2008, 02:47 AM
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ok so i know there was another post about starting a new online hookah shop
however i thought id post anyway, so i plan on opening a online hookah shop within the next few months and hope to eventually open a hookah bar, so the reason for this post is what brands and types of hookahs and tobacco do you guys suggest i sell... also i would like to talk to an established vendor through pm to find out what the realistic income potential is. thank you for reading and i look forward to hearing from you all.
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 03:13 AM
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Are you sure?
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 03:18 AM
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if your asking if im sure i want to and plan to start an online shop the answer is yes, so please post helpful posts only.
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 04:07 AM
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yea Juno....he wants help...useful posts only =x
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 05:13 AM
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Tobacco I'd suggest is:
Al Fakher (many people enjoy this brand out of most brands)
Starbuzz
TANGIERS! :P
Nakhla (some people are into old school)

Hookahs...I'd suggest some KMs, MZs, or syrians. Most of the hookah public loves traditional hookahs but then again...Its your store and its all up to you :P
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 05:16 AM
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Dude try to sell shisha brands that covers all price ranges from cheap ones like "nakhla" to the most expensive such as "Starbuzz" and "Fumari", try to have variety I dunno maybe 6 to 8 brands that you know are good and people buys. In the hookah area you should sell pipes like the MYA, KM, MZ or Syrians they are the bestsellers you want to sell quality as quantity, you have to give them the same importance. And about the income or profit potential, it depends in how you manage your bussiness, you should do a market study and see how it works! good luck!
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 05:48 AM
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you have to get some km's and then cover all ranges of shisha and the you have to get some nammor hoses
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 01:23 PM
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ok so for tobacco
Al Fakher
Starbuzz
TANGIERS
Nakhla
and al waha

that is a good start.
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 02:49 PM
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yea Juno....he wants help...useful posts only =x
No, it's just that whenever somebody has a post like this, more experienced members chime in and tell them how difficult it would be.

Apparently, you'll probably lose money the first year.
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 03:03 PM
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im almost 100% sure id loose money the first year, however most business do not profit in the first year, but i am working with a few people to get this going and we all understand that there will be no instant profit, that is very well understood, as long as its enough to keep the business going, then were good.
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 04:38 PM
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juno i was joking
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 05:02 PM
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juno i was joking
It's alright, but really, though, Risix, where do you plan to operate?
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 05:12 PM
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I used to own a cafe but never a mail order place so take what I have to say as you will. If you carry just the major brands I can't think of any reason to give you a try for the simple reason that I do business with about 6 or or so American mail order places and all of them give me great service so I have no motivation to get SB/Fumari/AF/AW/Nakhla etc. from a new untested place given the time and costs of shipping stuff. If you want to compete with the established players you'll either have to have lower prices (and lets face it, that won't happen) or you'lll need to have tobacco brands they don't have. Literally hundreds of great brands are not imported to the states and if you were to carry a couple I would be willing to give you a try. Other wise you're not worth the risk.

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Old July 3rd, 2008, 05:16 PM
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Ah, I was waiting for you to post in here.
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 05:21 PM
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juno, i plan to operate online and eventually out of Davis, Ca.

hajo, i understand completely, as far as having cheaper prices thats a goal but i understand the reality is it wont be much lower if at all. however the idea of new brands is something i have been toying with, and am currently looking into. so thank you for your advice and i will look into it.
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 09:53 PM
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Davis as in UC Davis?
I would do a free shipping to attract customers.
or freebies and such.
having rare tobaccos would help a lot too.
some nice syrian. km pipes would be nice too.
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Old July 4th, 2008, 01:55 AM
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hajo always has a point in the hookah bussiness, yeah you should try to find rare brands with great quality and in every price range. good luck with that!
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Old July 4th, 2008, 02:15 AM
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When you get this set up post the link. I probably will buy since I get all my stuff online.
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