The Great Pu-erh Tea Swap!


One of the intentionally aged teas, Pu-Erh has a loyal following.

The Great Pu-erh Tea Swap!

Postby edkrueger » Dec 31st, '08, 00:09

[url=http://puerhswap.blogspot.com/2008/12/great-pu-erh-tea-swap.html]The Problem: A 1 ounce sample from a cake costs almost as much as the whole cake!
The Solution: The Great Pu-Erh Tea Swap![/url]
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Postby Salsero » Dec 31st, '08, 00:13

Very innovative!
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Postby tenuki » Dec 31st, '08, 01:27

Looking for:

Any 20+ year old dry stored sheng.


Can trade:

Hundreds of crappy shu samples.


Any takers?
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Postby eanglin » Dec 31st, '08, 12:04

In BPAL circles (A brand of perfume oil) we get round this by running 'decant circles'.
One person orders a bottle of the perfume, and posts a sign up for the 'circle' in the forum. People sign up and pay for their share via paypal.

As soon as the perfume arrives the organizer posts an update to the thread, then decants the perfume into sample size bottles and sends it out to all the participants. Everyone gets to try the new scent and there is usually time to buy a bottle if you really like it. (BPAL does limited edition fragrances.)

Reviews are posted to a separate thread by circle participants and by people who purchased the scent on their own.

It works because Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and most of the participants are all in the US. Not sure how feasible it is with shipping from overseas and possible participants scattered around the globe.

The time I sent out samples of the mystery Xiaguan tuocha I did it using materials and methods from BPAL fandom- it works well if you are organized and have everything on hand.
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Postby puerhking » Dec 31st, '08, 13:07

How big are the samples going to be? Enough for 2-3 brews...20-25g?
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Postby bearsbearsbears » Dec 31st, '08, 13:10

puerhking wrote:How big are the samples going to be? Enough for 2-3 brews...20-25g?


arranged between the two trading, i would assume.
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Postby PolyhymnianMuse » Dec 31st, '08, 14:42

Yea, not to make it sound like I'm degrading it in any way with a comparison like this... but I see it as a kind of craigs list in a way. You can look through and see what people are looking to try and trade and if something peaks your interest you can work out whatever kind of trade you want between that person.
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Postby edkrueger » Jan 1st, '09, 23:56

Please post your lists!

bearsbearsbears wrote:
puerhking wrote:How big are the samples going to be? Enough for 2-3 brews...20-25g?


arranged between the two trading, i would assume.

Yep.

I see it as a kind of craigs list in a way.

Yep.
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Postby PolyhymnianMuse » Jan 2nd, '09, 00:24

edkrueger wrote:Please post your lists!


I'm awaiting my latest order from Scott, when I will have sufficient tea to trade out :)
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Postby edkrueger » Jan 2nd, '09, 00:33

Awesome!
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Postby thanks » Jan 2nd, '09, 12:38

Willing to trade;

x1 08 Menghai Jia Ji Tuo 100g
x1 08 Haiwan Lao Tong Zhi Tuo 100g
x1 04 Menghai Purple Print 7542 (possibly fake) 357g
x1 05 Menghai Peacock of Mengsong 400g
x1 08 12 Gentlemen 7572 357g

Interested in;

Sample swaps for older or similar vintage teas. Would be willing to trade multiple young samples for one older sample.
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Postby JP » Jan 2nd, '09, 13:03

This is a good idea!

A group buy might be a better way to go, I've participated in those on another forum. It's a great way to try out a variety of stuff without buying ful sized portions of the product.

It would take someone to put in the effort for it. That person would put in the order for the teas, break them up into sample sizes and ship them out to the people that opted to participate. Those that get the tea from the organizer would pay him directly.

I think that it is acceptable for the organizer to round up prices slightly to cover his costs for shipping.

BTW, a group buy is also a good way to get volume discounts from merchants.
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Postby thanks » Jan 2nd, '09, 13:05

JP wrote:This is a good idea!

A group buy might be a better way to go, I've participated in those on another forum. It's a great way to try out a variety of stuff without buying ful sized portions of the product.

It would take someone to put in the effort for it. That person would put in the order for the teas, break them up into sample sizes and ship them out to the people that opted to participate. Those that get the tea from the organizer would pay him directly.

I think that it is acceptable for the organizer to round up prices slightly to cover his costs for shipping.

BTW, a group buy is also a good way to get volume discounts from merchants.


The guys over at Badger and Blade forum have been doing this with Pu'er. Unfortunately due to our rules of members not being able to post links while new Steve hasn't been able to promote his service here. I highly recommend contacting him by joining the forum. I've had nothing but an amazing experience dealing with him and the group buy in general;
http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php?t=65035
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Postby Salsero » Jan 2nd, '09, 14:01

thanks wrote: I've had nothing but an amazing experience dealing with him and the group buy in general;
http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php?t=65035
I haven't tried the samples yet, but I have been enjoying the puerh areas of the B&B forum. It's all located in the section called The Cafe.
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Postby tony shlongini » Jan 3rd, '09, 10:27

Salsero wrote:
thanks wrote: I haven't tried the samples yet, but I have been enjoying the puerh areas of the B&B forum. It's all located in the section called The Cafe.


Got a link? :lol:

You guys have been a wonderful addition to the site. Always nice to swap info with likeminded individuals.
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