both norbu and CS would baffle you after you see this:http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=6971722424
should the question of "fake" arise:
- I would think a byproduct not very likely to be counterfeited, all the more as lao cha tou does not seem to be very researched in China -but I may be wrong in these assumptions.
- now admitting this was counterfeit, even though this is supercompetitive taobao, this gives an idea of what this product may cost on primary retail market. i am not opposed to mark up, but honestly such prices for a mere (2years') byproduct are ridiculous. I guess somebody bought the "it's a rare and very particular tea" story behind the counter.
anyway, just to get bigger picture, i did a bit more browsing with supersexytaobao and with these key characters: 老茶头 大益 (lao cha tou da yi --yes, babelcarp, copy and paste) here are the results :http://search.taobao.com/search?q=%C0%C ... 4%F3%D2%E6
adding "07", here are the results:http://search.taobao.com/search?q=%C0%C ... 3%D2%E6+07
not to say that taobao is touchstone to set "fair" prices on other markets.
but mass market pu er is as often as not beyond overpriced in western retail, even considering cost for import --whereas high end approaches stratospheric everywhere, this is far more democratic really