Geek and all,
Yes, this is definitely a learning experience! I am stunned
that the cost of the shipping for this pass has gone up so much after leaving me... I paid only 17.09 USPS parcel post to ship the whole thing... and it's only been to 2 more participants since I launched it. I know some new tea was added by the next 2 participants, but I would have expected enough tea was also being taken OUT of the box, that it would somewhat even out. Apparently not.
I'm absolutely in support of ditching the tins and going to bags. I considered this from the beginning, and decided against it because I thought the tins would offer extra protection from spillage (which has not turned out to be the case), and would decrease mixing of scents since these are all flavored teas... and that part still concerns me a bit. Probably its a good idea to double-bag.
I'm not sure if the label art will be damaged if peeled off and attached to the baggies... probably stuck too tightly to make this practical. Artwork on the label is nice but not really what draws any of us to enjoy or re-order tea... so really, as long as the name of the blend and the maker is on the bag, I'm not worried about the labels.
Let me know what else I can do to help the box continue onward.