MarshalN wrote: So why are you only focusing on Yiwu as the source of this problem? It's endemic. I know people who use whatever cake they have and just wrap "Bingdao" "Laobanzhang" or whatever on them, because that's what sells. What's inside might be some crap low altitude plantation tea, it doesn't matter. I thought we're talking about the genuine article, and not what people call them.
You are right. I was just picking on Yiwu to try and narrow it down. But, this is a separate topic. (and an interesting one)
The topic is depressing. I wish there were less fakes and more market control. It would make searching out good tea easier, as well as the discussion of it. If you go on Taobao and buy 1 cake of "Laobanzhang" from the first 30 vendors that come up, my guess would be you get zero Laobanzhang cakes. On a good day, you might get 2.