If you look at some of the reviews they've gotten on Amazon, you'll see that other people have had the same problem with the screws coming out.
My Hoopnotica travel hoop was my main hoop for almost a year. The screws have never come loose. And it hasn't become flimsy. However, it does make annoying creaking noises when hooped with.
Oh, yeah. The pulling it apart thing. I forgot about that. I have never been able to get the thing open with my fingers. I have to use the eraser end of a pencil.
What the hell are those "Certified" hoopers thinking making hoops with screws!?!
You can get connecters that click instead of screws.. They cost a bit more but they don't hurt people.
Someone should take their "Certification" away for making such hoops.