skilfautdire wrote:I've only started with tea earlier this year. I'm not about to get that kind of expensive tea, if only that I fear I wouldn't appreciate them fully. I prefer to get along whit less expensive teas for now.
Also, Hou De is based in the USA. This would add to the shipping charges to a neighbour northern country which is considered by many USA vendors as being the in the international realm. I'm mentionning this again because from Japan a recent order of 402 grams cost $8.70 USD, custom-free, via plain airmal (that's when the vendor does not offer free shipping, such as Hibiki-An and the packages gets in within 5 days) so I wonder why a package that comes from just about around the world would cost so little and a package sent from the immediate southern neighbour would cost the same, if not more, with no free shipping option (and customs-free not guaranteed). I'm not blaming any USA vendor as they might indeed be facing problems to send parcels to Canada, for some reasons.
OK, that was my rant. But these are also the laws of expanding international commerce. It's so easy to order for a cheaper price and added convenience from the other side of the world.
There is no such thing as "free shipping" really. When ordering from a producing country, seems at times they simply increase the leaf price and decrease the shipping cost. After all, what would you rather be seemingly spending money on, leaf or shipping? Makes sense from a marketing standpoint.
This philosophy is much less prevelant for domestic USA vendors, though it is catching on.