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One of the intentionally aged teas, Pu-Erh has a loyal following.

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Postby puerhking » Nov 9th, '08, 17:32

all the tea vendors on ebay are now concealing the amount of stock they have. now it only says more than 10 available.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Bai-Cha-Tang-4th-Generation-Iron-Cake-2008-400g-Raw_W0QQitemZ220303030040QQihZ012QQcategoryZ38181QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1742.m153.l1262

now it will be harder to stratigize. :( tho im sure they would tell you if you asked.
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Postby shogun89 » Nov 9th, '08, 18:44

yeah I too noticed that. I base allot of purchases off of those numbers.
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Postby heavydoom » Nov 9th, '08, 19:37

some sites do this to freak you guys out into buying. meanwhile, they have kegs and kegs full of this stuff somewhere....the saga continues.
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Postby Trioxin » Nov 9th, '08, 21:41

I've seen this on all auctions the past couple of days. I think its ebay and not the seller.
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Postby thanks » Nov 10th, '08, 01:59

TomVerlain wrote:If the vendor has a physical storefront, or sells outside of ebay on the internet as well, the numbers really do not mean anything anyway. I have ordered stuff "in-stock" to find it is sold out.

Oldest rule of selling is to pretend you better buy now or the deal will disappear. Certainly, as indicated above, stuff can get sold out, but there is always something else to buy, like 802 instead of 801 batch, 7532 instead of 7542, etc.


That's true, but there's also the yearly price hike to think about. I'm trying to get in all my Menghai purchases before they all jump to the point of being too expensive. If it gets to that point and I haven't gotten tongs of the recipes I've wanted I'll just wait for next season.
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Postby odarwin » Nov 10th, '08, 02:19

when does this yearly price adjustment usually take place?

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Postby Trioxin » Nov 10th, '08, 02:54

I'm curious as well.
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Postby heavydoom » Nov 10th, '08, 16:43

ask.
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Postby thanks » Nov 10th, '08, 16:57

There's no exact time for all of the tea, but usually it starts happening around the beginning of the next year. I'm trying to get my stuff before January.
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Postby heavydoom » Nov 10th, '08, 17:02

pu prices can skyrocket for all i care. i got enough to last me for generations to come.
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Postby puerhking » Nov 10th, '08, 17:40

heavydoom wrote:pu prices can skyrocket for all i care. i got enough to last me for generations to come.


easy brother.....easy. what about the rest of us! :P

I predict a flood of pu orders hitting Scott before years end....mine included.
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Postby beecrofter » Nov 10th, '08, 23:37

If ebay continues with this horse**it I will just order my items from tea merchants I have a track record with without using ebay. I doubt Scott or most any of the others are any risk of not holding their end of the bargain.[/list]
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Postby hop_goblin » Nov 11th, '08, 00:07

heavydoom wrote:some sites do this to freak you guys out into buying. meanwhile, they have kegs and kegs full of this stuff somewhere....the saga continues.


Oh yeah.. Definitely, HouDe does it. One a particular sample or been will say that their is only 3 left and then Volia 8 the next. Clear way of getting people to bite and commit
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Postby Sydney » Nov 11th, '08, 20:06

I never really buy tea through ebay anyway due to it being more of a PITA than going through a vendor like Adagio, TeaSpring, or Hou De.

With so many options available, it's easy enough to take a pass on sites that just don't blow your mind.
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