JakubT wrote:wyardley: Well, I read " sold currently", which sounds rather non-historical...
He's basically resurrected an old listing, making more of the samples available without editing the description much or at all. I'm sure this is not intentional, since, as you say, the current market price is higher.
The quoted market price there is from maybe 2007 or before (when the tea was originally listed), and the sample price at that time was based on that. I would say the current sample price is at or below market price.
But "market price" really could be variable. If you buy direct from BTH, it will be in excess of $2200 US probably, though someone else may have more up to date information. And any of the original stock which BTH sold to vendors in Taiwan probably is also worth something close to that. But if we're talking relatively cleanly stored 7542 from that time period (late 80s / early 90s), I think you can find something in the realm of what he's selling it for now.
Also, presumably this is an extra piece that he's had sitting around and has now broken up, so he would likely have bought it when it was available more cheaply.
In any event, I think this is a wise thing to pick up, since there probably isn't a lot more of it, and it's fairly priced.