I was wondering whether I should start to do a tea business as a hobby. I can do this as a non/minimum profit kind of thing. As long I don't make lost it is fine with me
What I mean is I would like to share good tea (mainly puerh) which are easily available here in Malayisa. There are many sellers here who have good tea, but they just don't have e-commerce to introduce/sell their tea.
Here I can get branded puerh (Dayi, Xiaguan, etc). There also quite a number of local custom brand puerh too, which some are good. Not to mention availability of aged puerh which Malaysia is known for one of the good place to store. For young tea, price wise here is still ok, cheaper than some other english online store but may be more expensive than some chinese online seller at china which you may have to be careful about authenticity. But for aged tea, here is usually cheaper as some were exported from Malaysia back to China.
I can even hunt for you items that you like and purchase for you, eg Ru Ware, Tea Pots, Tray, etc.
As I am personally going around exploring tea and making friends, I would like to share my experience with you guy in a non/minimum profit manner and not being a tea seller. I will rate tea based on independent or with my friends opinion, giving rating of what kind of taste the puerh is, and let you decide. Basically it is going to be review + selling site.
I don't intend to keep stock. It will most likely be a back2back order. You want, I check availability, You pay, I buy then send. My friend who is doing an e-Commerce biz is willing to let me use his service at a discounted price. It has payment gateway via Credit Card / Online banking and also delivery tracking system. There is even a 14 days buyers guarantee too. He said I can only receive the money 14 days after you received the goods. I think I shouldn't have problem coming out with some capital to do buy some tea (so long you don't order in container)
Before I start doing this, as I have never done this before, my concerns:-
1) If I do send tea will there be problem at my local customs or your customs?
2) Is there any country that I cannot send tea into?
3) Is there tax that I have to pay upon sending?
4) What if the tea went missing or damaged while delivering?
I have to do some homework, cause as much as I hope to do this as a hobby, I don't want to get myself into trouble