I just ran across this company and was interested in the Japanese oolongs and black tea. However, after reading their "About Me" I became a bit shaky and decided to check this forum about the company. Their "About Me" is nothing but emotive, charged language that is everything I hate about product selling, politics, etc. in my country of America.
Here is a little snippet
We are a small reputable family-run business, not a corporation, not owned, financed, or incorporated into another company or business either. We run every aspect of our online store and manage our internet presence alone. We, unlike some Japanese tea companies, do not hire the services of internet affiliates, smear campaigners, o-cha shills and forum poster on tea forums, to pose as customers online in order to promote their teas, and at the same time publish fictitious tea reviews and dream up hoaxes about competitors
...allows us to bypass Japan’s notorious tea merchants and tea shop middlemen which in turn keeps our tea prices reasonable, and way below the extortionate prices you often see at other tea stores.
You shouldn't have to sell your product by slighting competition and creating boogeymen. It is all too funny when you realise that they are the ones partaking in the practices they go out of their way to charge competition with. I am not one to usually not buy from a business purely based on principle if I like their product enough, but I honestly do not think I will be giving this one a shot. I may change my mind in the future, but there is the possibility that this choice will be made for me. Honestly, very poor and he touts a Japanese staff, but I have to wonder if they are aware of this behavior.
Can anybody recommend me a different vendor where I could possibly try some Japanese oolong or blacks?