While the price of imported tea and herbs has risen steadily over the past two years, we’ve made a strict effort to remain firm on our existing prices. As a small company with a very select inventory, we cannot compete with the bulk pricing optioned by other online tea retailers – partially because sales have slumped somewhat during the pandemic, and partially because we prefer to focus on small batch processed teas to maintain the highest standard in quality and flavor. At long last, however, rising industry costs have rather dramatically forced our hand. While some of the teas grown in the west have made fractional leaps in price, other blends out of India and China have jumped by almost 50 percent!
Rather than rising the price of our existing sale structure across the board to a rather alarming extent, we’ve decided to change our packaging. You will note that prices have increased incrementally, while the size offerings have decreased slightly to meet the change halfway. These sizes are actually more conversant with existing industry practices, and we had been considering a move this directions for a while.
Most significantly, instead of 2-ounce bags at the low end we’ll be offering a “sample” size of about an ounce – which is 10 to 12 cups of tea, 5 to 7 in an herbal – at $3.99 for Tier 1 products and only $4.49 for Tier 2, with slightly higher rates for premium blends. If you want to buy more, our standard bag is now 3 ounces, with a larger 6-ounce bag available as a value option. This shift has allowed us to continue to offer most of our “medium” and “large” bags at a similar price point.
We’ll also be shifting our shipping fees to be a little more friendly. Postage rates have also climbed in the past couple years, making it difficult for us to absorb any of the shipping costs. We intend to continue using USPS Priority Mail as our primary shipping service, as the tracking and insurance have been vital to our success. Nevertheless, we’d like to try offering a true flat rate shipping option moving forward. Most domestic tea orders will now be shipped for a flat $7.99 shipping fee, with a free option for orders of $50 or more.
If you have any questions about our updating pricing or comments you would like to share, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.