shah82 wrote: The ultra high prices for anything better than decent isn't a good thing for this hobby.
Well said Shah82. I think the good and best tea should be affordably available for hobbyist or at least moderately priced. When speculators come into play, the price goes up, the quality goes down and the real hobbyist like us suffer.
I was lucky to grab a few tongs of LBZ from 07-09 when it was not popularly known, otherwise I wouldn't pay for the current price. Still, it was around US$280 per piece then. The quality is excellent, old tree and early spring tea and personally handcrafted by a small tea producer. I happened to like it a lot then and willing to pay for it, which seems to be crazy at that time.
Anyway,I really miss those days when China was sleeping, when all the great stuffs are accessible without much financial consideration. Let's hope for a repeat 2007 Puer price meltdown.