Drax wrote:Ok, if there's a "check once" method in place, then I suppose it could work.
But still... if it's hidden and you have to reveal it, then presumably you've already bought it. I suppose it could help you if you need to return something (I'm sure that Dayi stores would honor the return... but what about other stores?).
But still again, how will this work with the secondary market? If somebody buys a cake, checks/activates the code and then the cake is not used and is resold... it seems as though a few years after the production, the reliability of the check drastically plummets.
In fact, I wonder whether this change might cause an additional premium for "unregistered" Dayi tea? Here's an example. Fast forward to 2024. You're looking to buy a 2014 Dayi cake that has this authenticity code. A vendor has an "unregistered" cake for $500 and a "registered" cake for $100 (I'm just making up numbers) -- the argument being that the previous owner of the $100 cake already checked/registered the number. But as far as you're concerned, it could also be a fake because the code is already used. Hm. (Note that I'm assuming as a vendor that you would HAVE to offer it for less because of that uncertainty). Now here's the kick in the pants. Let's say you buy the $500 cake. Now you check the code, and it's good -- the tea (according to the system) is legitimate. For resale purposes, you now have a $100 cake. It's now indistinguishable from a checked cake (aside from your honest vouching for it; your friends will probably believe you, at least). That's fine if you want to drink the cake and not resell it, although you certainly could have had more tea for the cheaper price...
Yes, the scenario is made up. Maybe there won't be any price differential, or maybe it won't be as drastically different (or maybe vendors will have to start vouching for "checked" tea as being authentic). I guess the bottom line is that for me, this news doesn't give me any more confidence.
That's why I said why don't they micro-chipping it instead. Or even better, use DNA finger printing methods, e.g. AFLP
and have a database of every batch DNA profile.
Surely, no one, even in China can fake DNA profile yet!
I heard someone said for older cake, before fluorescent and laser hologram labels were used. Cakes were wrapped in such a way, if it was open, it cannot be re-wrapped in the original condition. And shops wouldn't buy back any cakes which been opened. Also a tong has a better reselling value than individual cake, and an unopened box has even better reselling value than a single tong. I think the secondary market is mostly trading in boxes than individual cake, but this is for the professional tea investors. Anyway, I think most new Dayi cakes are for speculative trading rather than drinking.