Salsero wrote:I have ordered quite a few times and been happy. I first heard of Puerhshop in a post by Hop_Goblin in his Ancient Tea Horse Road blog sometime early last year, but never ordered anything for almost a year. I suppose I didn't trust a new name, despite Hop's endorsement.
I suspect any rep comes because Jim has not been stocking the high end stuff (which Guang at Hou De is so good at) or the big names. You're more likely to find an obscure factory name at Puerhshop. Frankly, I like that, since I am more interested in a good price/quality ratio than drinking something popular on one board or another. Additionally, Puerhshop is relatively new and the total inventory is probably quite a bit less than what Scott carries at Yunnan Sourcing or Gordon at Dragon Tea House. It used to be that DTH was the new guy that no one trusted!
Pu-shop has the enormous advantage of being domestic, so shipping is cheap and quick!
Also Jim recently posted a note right here in TeaChat that he is going to start carrying more of the fancy stuff. viewtopic.php?p=55020&highlight=#55020
While I am a recent fan of Puerhshop, I still buy much more tea from combined other sources than from Pu-shop.
tony shlongini wrote:Whenever there are more choices, the customer benefits. If there were only one puerh supplier, we'd be slaves to their whim.
Someone mentioned enjoying finding cakes with favorable price/quality ratios, but keep in mind that if you're just shopping price, a single bad purchase (and by bad I mean unenjoyable by your standards for whatever reason, even if it's just a matter of preference) can throw a monkey wrench into your equation.
Buying puerh isn't easy, even after mastering the rudiments of the game. Relying on the sellers rep is one factor, but you have to read between the lines. No matter how many exclamation marks Scott at YS may use in a description of a cake, it's hard to convey the essence of a tea with a few words, although he does better than most. At Dragon Tea House, every tea is rated either four or five stars. Does that mean the four star teas suck? Angelina's seems to cut and paste the blurbs from YS, and Puerh Shop is all over the map.
My last order from PS arrived before he received my payment. That is not a misprint, and that alone makes him reputable in my book. Whether the teas he delivers (the last cakes arrived in impeccable condition) are up to the standards of other purveyors is subject to debate, but I think Jim has carved out a place for himself in this field. Hou De may have a far better selection of premium material, but their portfolio is still limited. If Jim continues to add more "big names" to his list, he can give them a run for their money. There's a place for all of these sellers, and more.
Ultimately, the best advice to be had can be gleaned from the reviews of likeminded individuals whose opinions you've come to trust on sites such as this.
I think you will need to open a (free) Photobucket (or other hosting) account, select "upload from from Web URL," paste in your URL and upload to Photobucket.tony shlongini wrote: Now how the heck do I insert a pic in here?
tony shlongini wrote: http://badgerandblade.com/gallery/displayimage.php?imageid=13626
Puerh Shop USA
Reviewed 3/23/2007 $$$
Not really a new link, just a facelift on on the old #1GreenTea.com link. This site rubbed me wrong from the very beginning. False claims were made etc. Since then he appears to be trying real hard to shake the bad reputation. I will reserve judgement, other than to say that I am still very skeptical. Many of his products are unique to his site, therefore it is difficult to compare pricing. I have to give him credit as the new website is informative and attrractive.
Feedback from some Pu-erh.Net readers say that pricing is OK, packing is only so-so, and delivery is prompt.
Link was added on:03/23/2007 and was last edited on: 06/02/2007