Sorry to hear your experience :(
Have you looked into Synergy Fire hoops? They are very reputable and make excellent quality hoops. http://www.synergyfirehoops.com/collections/frontpage/products/poly... $150 for their polypro.
Sacred Flame is top of the line as well, and she has unique tape designs of you want some colour- $155 for polypro- http://www.sacred-flame.com/fire-hoops/35-fire-sacred-hdpe.html
Or try contacting Christina Brittain. She launched Mercury Hoops a couple years ago? now, and her customers seem to have raving reviews. She's on fb- http://www.facebook.com/Mercury.Hoops
Just got a Harmonic hoop from Olive Oyl this summer. My BF and I got twins to learn single and double hooping and we love them :]
Alsoooo, my polypro fire hoops start at $120
amazing hoops at a lower price than what you're looking to spend, and Christina is super talented and makes a mean fire hoop in hdpe and polypro in all sorts of colors of tubing as well as regular :)
How about Quick Wicks to attach to any hoop base you want?