You can make a nice cup of tea without yixing. Take your time. Tea is simple. Learn to make something you like without spending a ton of money on a subject you don't know anything about, or if you'll even be drinking tea after a couple months.
You're never going to "be sure" about a clay from a few pictures on ebay. There are people who dedicate years to understanding yixing, and they have access to far more resources than those in the West. I would advise you to buy a cheap pot, and a moderate pot (100+ but no more than 200) and see if you can tell the difference. Use a gaiwan. Brew tea like most people in China, throw a few leaves in a cup of hot water and sip from it all day and replace the water as you go. Spend your money on the actual tea and save all this stuff for later, it's not going anywhere. Especially if the puerh bubble pops (here's hoping).
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on Apr 23rd, '14, 21:09, edited 1 time in total.