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  1. [quote name='momentum' timestamp='1291659918' post='490495'] Ordering the hookah itself wont be an issue, if they tax it at all, it will just be 7% GST. [/quote] Down to 5% these days Usually on items up to $60 there will be no fees. Beyond that, expect to pay local taxes and a brokerage fee. If arriving via Canada Post, this fee is minimal (off the top of my head, $2-5). If arriving via UPS, FedEx, etc, their brokerage fee is closer to the $20-30 mark. Often you can buy from someone who will put a little white lie on the customs form to bring the value down to $50 or so and ship it by USPS to avoid any extra charges at the border. The downside of course is that you can't insure anything past that amount on the package. Great choice on the Vortex though, that was my first hookah too
  2. Hey, I usually keep a decent stock of stuff. As for Tangiers, I have probably 20ish packs of different Lucid flavors, none of the original/f-line stuff. Haven't been actively purchasing in a while, been too busy with work lately, but I'm planning on ordering some more stuff in before xmas.
    Is there anything in particular you're looking for?

  3. I have the same problem when I'm adding a new set of coals to my phunnel bowl, and the solution I have is rather simplistic and still wasteful, but suits my purposes: 2 coconara coals (or AF/3k/etc) on any size phunnel, mini to large. Very generally speaking, the difference between the bowl size only really regulates how quickly you have to rotate the coals, and when I'll use a windcover to get more heat. Usually off the first set of coals I'll only rotate them once when its required, and I'll usually rotate them 1/3 of the way around the bowl. When I feel the coals need to be rotated again, they'll already be down below 1/4 their original size and ready to be replaced... so I'll just fire up a new set, and put them 1/3 of the way around the bowl on the portion that hasn't been touched yet, thus avoiding that ash taste. From there you can continue to rotate them around until they go out, but throwing on a new set will be way too hot and will give the ash taste anyways, so with this method you're still limited to 2 sets of coals (about a 2-2.5 hour session, with good use of a windcover). By that point I'm ready for a new flavor anyways, so even if the bowl has enough in it to last another 2 hours I'd rather be wasteful and pack something new. The ash taste only comes when you're adding a hotter heat source to a portion of the bowl that has already been burned through. There's always the option of peeling the foil back and giving it a little mix, getting the fresh shisha to the top, but if I'm going to do that much I'd rather just pack a new bowl.
  4. I'd like to get in on this. I've had success with OG, but very very very limited success. I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada - very dry here. To get the stuff to smell right takes days of acclimation alone, and even then its still got that burnt aspect to it. I've got quite a bit of Tangiers kicking around for it
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    Fs Tobacco

    Location might help if you only do local Why are you selling it all if you just bought it?
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    Hold Hands And Pray

    QUOTE (gunsboy @ May 20 2009, 09:53 AM) My HS order is not here yet I will never order anything from H-S Shipped Via: Priority Mail International Date shipped: 5/6/2009 The coals I am using now are shit. I hate them. Can't really blame H-S on that one, its USPS/CanadaPost that are screwing you over. Priority Mail International is 6-10 business days, and once its shipped its out of their hands. I've had some orders come in 3 business days, others in 15. There's no logic to it, I'm guessing its just dependent on how backed up and/or lazy the customs guys are. Also, my packages typically spend 4-6 days in customs and come out without problems, so I wouldn't necessarily worry about that just yet.
  7. My Syrian has a very similar design on the stem (I think):
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    Help Me!

    Flavors are something that will take time to figure out, that's for sure... One thing that I would look out for though, on the Myas you got 30 QTs and 15 hose adapters. I don't know if you made a special deal with whatever vendor you used, but typically a QT will come with a hose adapter that is valve-free, and I'm assuming the additional hose adapters that you bought are with valves... however when you go to a multi-hose setup, you'll probably want to switch out the regular adapter and put on 2 valved ones. If that's the case, you'll probably want to double up on the valved hose adapters. Or on the off chance that you got the extra hose adapters without valves, I'd personally recommend that you change your approach to using ones with valves (all you lose is the purge, and it's not like QTs purge well anyways).
  9. Imo things like this should only be done if there is one organizing individual that's willing to front the costs, and not take money until there's a product in hand ready to be shipped... I personally have avoided group buys because of the large potential for complications, especially when there is a several month period between sending money and receiving goods. I support mush on this, it's not like he's saying not to do it, just don't do it directly on here. Going through e-mail works just as well.
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    Help Me!

    QUOTE (ih303 @ Apr 19 2009, 12:45 PM) Great stuff, everybody. Thanks a lot for the feedback. I will be posting pictures in the next day or so so stay tuned to this channel. I have a question about hoses. I wanted to use something like a Razan or Grand, but the problem with those is you can't fit a tip on them. Personally, I don't mind swapping a little saliva at a hookah lounge but there are plenty who do. How do I solve this? Is there a hose tip anywhere out there that can fit over these hoses? How have you guys seen this issue be dealt with at other places? You can get hose tips that fit on the inside of the mouthpiece as opposed to the outside. Those work just fine on both Razans and Grands.
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    Help Me!

    Oh, and on another note: be wary of the cheap alcohol idea. You're just inviting people to come there and get drunk for cheap, with hookahs on the side... and drunk people + hookahs rarely mix well. I'd suggest something like a "2 drink maximum" rule, or something of the sort, with an allowance for more based on subjective reasoning from the server.
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    Help Me!

    QUOTE (ZWAN @ Apr 17 2009, 09:41 AM) At the HB in Calgary they have a somewhat decent pricing system First bowl $13 and a reload for $10.95 they also charge an extra couple of dollars for premium flavors http://cafemed.ca/menu.html check out there menu, some good ideas on there I didn't read through this whole thread, so I apologize if there's repetition here, but there's other factors to take into account. First of all, the prices here are CDN, so equate it to roughly $10 USD per bowl... but looking at this place in particular (and other Calgary places), keeping in mind that I haven't been there in about a year though, they use *tiny* Egyptian bowls (~5-8g), and give you two coals total per bowl. Most modern bowls use almost 2-3 times as much tobacco, and a phunnel would use significantly more than that. Also, they use cheap tobacco. There's the service aspect to be taken into account as well... At this and other local places they light one coal and put it on the bowl for you, and leave another in the tray (quicklights only)... and sometimes, not always, they'll come around and light the second one for you. But otherwise, you're on your own. So for that $10 price point, there's little in the way of hands-on service (meaning much less labor cost), there is no coal management that they do, no natural coals, etc. I would much rather pay $20 for a decent sized bowl with natural coals that are being replaced as needed by the people serving me. As for stepping it up to a more expensive brand, I wouldn't mind paying an extra $2 to $3 for a "premium" option. Keep in mind this is a selling point as well, if there's someone who doesn't necessarily know the brands but sees "premium" written there with a very marginal extra cost, they'll likely order it just for the sake of it.
  13. QUOTE (bobo_piggy @ Apr 9 2009, 11:50 AM) I don't think so. H-S is one of the best vendor for international buyer IMO. I never get problem when i purchase shisha from them. My case, they alway write to the label as Fruit molasses. I've asked them specifically to do this in the past, and they said they wouldn't... so I just ordered the non-tobacco stuff I wanted from them. On that I also requested that they reduce the value and mark it as a gift if they could, and they didn't, so I got hit with customs. It was a small amount though, just GST and a brokerage fee. I've ordered from many vendors online personally, and I've read many posts about international orders on these forums, and I'd say H-S is without a doubt the worst choice for international buyers among the popular vendors. I know about 5 or 6 people off the forums that have ordered from H-S and every one of them has gotten hit with customs on their order.
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    Electronic Hookah

    QUOTE (*HOT&SMOKING* @ Apr 8 2009, 11:19 AM) QUOTE (delSol_si @ Apr 8 2009, 07:07 PM) Awhile back someone posted something like this. A little device you set on top of your bowl in place of charcoal. I think the reason nobody bought one was because the company required a minimum order of like a couple thousand or something and nobody needed that many. The thing is, that it was very difficult to keep the temperature right for smoking comfortably, and that is why most of these ideas didn't work out... -H&S It was actually designed to solve that problem from what I could tell... can't confirm without anyone actually trying one, and I'm pretty sure nobody would want to order 400 from China, which is what I think the minimum order amount was. It looked like it would be able to simulate the temperature of a charcoal as well as the increase in temperature with increased airflow and all, thus making it the perfect replacement. The biggest problem I saw with it was its size. The thing was sized so that it would fit well on a traditional bowl, but not so much on a phunnel.
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    Lots Of Tangiers (unopened Packs)

    Almost all of it. The updated list a couple posts up is what's still available.
  16. After suffering to get a bowl going again (I'm at like 50% success rate lately), I've decided to stick to Lucid... so I'm getting rid of my other Tangiers. Here's what I've got, all unopened: 250g packs ($20 CAD each + shipping) F-line Cocoa F-line Kashmir F-line Root Beer Horchata Indigo Flower Vanilla Juicy Peach Blackthorn Strawberry 100g packs ($8 CAD each + shipping) 2-Apple Strawberry I also have other flavors that have been opened that I can do based on weight, willing to take any offers on these: F-line Passionfruit Mixed Fruit Orange Soda Maraschino Cherry Cool Strawberry Red Tea Brambleberry Also, if any of you local guys want to come and practice packing bowls with the opened ones, feel free to Might as well make good use of them. And to top it off, I have a bunch of AW Vanilla and Nakhla Strawberry that I'll throw in free if anyone actually wants it (about 150g each).
  17. QUOTE (erufiku @ Apr 1 2009, 05:35 PM) QUOTE (maestroelite @ Apr 1 2009, 07:27 PM) You can get what Paypal calls "secure cards" now that basically generates a Mastercard number for you and then you pay with your Paypal balance or bank account or card or whatever you would normally use. You can put any address for the billing address when generating the card. I don't think you can use this when buying tobacco products. It turns out that Paypal only makes a fuss about tobacco products if they aren't certain that you're of legal age... it's not that its directly against their rules. Either way, in a situation like this they wouldn't even know what was being purchased so it shouldn't be an issue.
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    Lots Of Tangiers (unopened Packs)

    The $3 envelope idea doesn't work unless you unpack the Tangiers and flatten it out in a larger package... As for the $13 national mailers, they can easily fit 2, maybe 3 if I squeeze them in. But if you up it to a medium size envelope that can fit about 5 packs its still under $14 or so: http://www.shopcanadapost.ca/index.cfm?app...p;categoryID=19
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    Lots Of Tangiers (unopened Packs)

    Updated list: 250g packs ($20 CAD each + shipping) F-line Kashmir F-line Root Beer Indigo Flower Vanilla Juicy Peach Blackthorn Strawberry 100g packs ($8 CAD each + shipping) Strawberry Misc. (Make offers) F-line Passionfruit - 190g Mixed Fruit - 205g Maraschino Cherry - 130g Cool Strawberry - 115g Red Tea - 57g Brambleberry - 175g
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    Ashing Coco Naras

    I still bang mine against the tray, I don't like making a mess of ash everywhere
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    4 X Tangiers

    QUOTE (voski @ Mar 16 2009, 10:17 PM) QUOTE (BaronIV @ Mar 16 2009, 09:05 PM) QUOTE (mikeypas @ Mar 15 2009, 03:32 PM) what's mimon? its lemon lime No it is not. It is mint/lime. I thought it was Mint/Lemon (Mi-mon). That's what it smells like at least.
  22. QUOTE (Hippo_Master @ Mar 10 2009, 11:12 PM) QUOTE (BaronIV @ Mar 10 2009, 11:08 PM) QUOTE (Boricua @ Mar 11 2009, 12:05 AM) There should be a banned counter somewhere on the main page. "_ _ _ Banned this week and counting!" or have a " _ _ _ days since last ban!" counter all you would need is "_ minutes" I think it should be competitive: "1st place: Stuie with ____ bans this week!" "2nd place: Canon with ____ bans this week!" etc. And yes, I see how this could potentially go very bad, but I trust our mods to keep things legitimate
  23. Easiest is to order from the States. Order from the right guys and you won't pay any duties... a little searching on the forum will give you lots of information on it.
  24. These have been around for ages... they're low quality, crap bowls if you ask me. I got one for a girlfriend a while back because she thought it was pretty, but I'd take a regular egyptian, let alone a phunnel, over it any day.
  25. Pictures of how much you're packing in your bowl imo... Sounds like you're just not filling it to the foil with tobacco, plain and simple. It takes me 2 coconaras on a med phunnel without a windcover to get it going strong, on both QTs and KMs... If you underpack and don't have tobacco all the way to the top, you need considerably more heat to get it going.