Right now I'm still focusing on building an aging collection to guarantee enjoyment in my later years. With that being said, after finishing up buying what I want from this year, and buying a few tongs of good recipes next year plus a few random cakes of good high-end productions (Menghai's Peacock series is a good example, something along those lines) I will start to buy slightly aged sheng. After I buy up a few 5-10 year old sheng cakes, maybe more, I'm going to start buying shu, so that I can drink while I wait. Once all that is over with, I'll start to buy truly aged sheng I find worth the price after trying a sample. I figure by the time all of this comes full circle, some of my cakes will start to become more refined, and hopefully I will have made wise aging decisions. My only worry is that I won't have enough of the teas that I have "raised" or reared from factory birth. A friend of Cloud's said it best when he said something along the lines of the best tea in the world was his tea, or rather tea he has aged himself since the factory.
Even after all of that though, I absolutely refuse to pay certain prices for certain tea. I would never pay the asking price for a bing of 99 Big Green Tree. Not only is the price ridiculous, it still tastes too young! I refuse to pay some of Xi Zhi Hao's ridiculous asking prices for brand new sheng, and Menghai's releases become too expensive sometimes 8 months after release! I think a lot of it comes down to timing, really. Now that the pu'er bubble seems to have burst, I think we will all be reaping the benefits next year especially.
When all's said and done, you really do have to factor in how many sessions a bing produces. For instance, after sampling this bing from Jing; http://www.jingteashop.com/pd_1999_raw_7352.cfm
I finally found something to be somewhat reflective of it's price. The storage on this cake was a little too dry, but yet you can see the potential in it. In just probably 5 years this will most likely turn into a fantastic tea, as it's already quite tasty as is. How many of my own cakes that I currently own that I've spent under 50 dollars can I say that about? Personally, none. I guess what I'm saying is time is money. Sample, sample, sample, sample! If it's quantity not quality that you're after, you know that usually you get what you pay for. So in other words, yes you may be able to buy a lot more teas that taste pretty good now, but maybe in a few years they'll start to take a wrong turn in the aging process and disappoint, and you might say to yourself, "I wish I would have purchased that 5 year old bing for 50 dollars when I sampled it because I enjoyed it quite a bit even then".