theredbaron wrote:5 years or so ago i bought a quite convincing pot here in Bangkok
Are you aware that 5000friend is not a Thai vendor?
Yes, i am aware that this seller is a fraudster from China selling over ebay. I am not stupid. Fake Yixing pots though are sold all over Asia, and i have brought up an example how i fell for a fake pot in a shop here in Bangkok.
This seller on ebay advertises his pots of vintages such as Qing, Republican or Cultural Revolution period, which they are clearly not - knowing how much tea drinkers also in west would love to have pots from those periods, and selling then way overpriced.
The problem for tea drinkers though is that regularly cheap new pots are treated with not the most healthy things in order to make them look used, which is why i would strongly advise not to buy them.
One would be much better off with a cheaper new pot advertised as nothing else than that, be patient, and wait until you go to one of the tea centers in Asia, and get the help of proper experts there to get a real vintage pot. But do expect to pay a lot. And don't buy older pots without expert advice. I cannot think of any antique items where there are more fakes around than in Yixing pots (other than maybe Buddha statues).