I found 2 articles posted on eBay¬† written by a person who obviously is a large seller or a member of the Egyptian hookah cartel with his own business in mind.
One post warns of a scam¬† to sell Herbal non-tobacco shisha as mixed with tobacco in reality according to “lab tests”. He mentions that there are only 2 brands being sold called “herbal non tobacco”. “only”. One he mentions is “Soex” from India, the second is “Black Label Premium”. He says that there are only 2 brands “Period”.
I myself found a third which is labled “High-Life” brand! For all I know, all three could be made by “Soex” of India which I know makes “Soex” in India. Or maybe “High-Life” is made by one of these 2 brands, or maybe it’s “for real”.
What the writer is trying to say is that you are being cheated if you think it’s non-tobacco.
I don’t have a labratory in my back pocket so I don’t know.
The second post says to” beware of the Chinese made hookah scam”.¬† The writer mentions that often made in China (which one, and where?)¬† often label their products as “Egyptian made hookahs” and that they are made on assembly line by people who don’t have generations of passed down hand made hookah knowledge. They even show¬† a photo of an aluminum made shaft in various solid colors.
Having spent about 3 hours today on the internet searching for hookah made products, and¬† finding many hookah manufacturers who¬† offer to sell their wares in great bulk wholesale I know and knew that the facts in this article are wrong and way mis-represente.
Even when you go online to any hookah product company like “Smoking-Hookah.com” “SothSmoke” “Hookah and Shisha central”, not to mention hookahcompany.com which offers the larget variety of hookahs, they all say “This is a hookah made in India”, “This glass vase is blown and cut by hand in Bohemia”, ‘this is a Chinese made hookah”. “Egytian style hookah” “Syrian style hookah”.
The simple fact is, yes the Chinese (count em) make hookahs on assembly line, butnot all are made of the same cheap aluminum, stainless steel, brass, iron¬† or narostah¬† material .
Look at the pictures online to see. There are hookahs made¬† and sold all over the Middle East by either Indian or Chinese manufacturers. If you want a simple,¬† light weight hookah, or an exclusive¬† premium hookah they build them. The amount of money will determine which quality hookah you can buy.Syria hardly makes hookahs¬† anymore, while Egypt still does.
The idea is, no one is scamming or cheating anyone. It says “Chinese made” or “Moroccan¬† made”etc.
The scam is in the misinterpretation of facts by this eBay poster.
I myself would not buy anything on eBay. I’ve seen “$10.00 hookahs, why pay more?” Really! Lets be logical, what kind of hookah will you get for¬† $10? Is it large, maybe 24 inches high,but with a bad weld on it that¬† cuts down 50% on the suction?
Why would I buy anything that I can’t hold in my hands or see?¬† Even buying online hookahs from the reputable sellers is the same. Unless you have bought previously from that company, and you know it has a great guarantee to return faulty merchandise?
But eBay for me is one of the most vulgar names I know. These 2 articles posted prove it.