There was a new site posted on steepster.com that is causing a stir: Tea Trade. Click here for the steepster.com posting.
Basically the company is acting as a middleman or host for selling leftover tea. From what I understand, sellers can be average people like you and me or companies. But before we get into that, I've got to point out the blogging site.
Tea Trade also offers a platform for tea bloggers - using Wordpress software. I signed up for an account for this project and put up a few tea bags for sale. (This is a legit purchase even though I'm just doing a test to see how it works). I inquired with Tea Trade about a month ago as they posted a note that they were looking for writers. I thought they wanted someone to write specifically for them, but they just want to be the host for the blog.
I created a blog, but it basically links back to this one. I dislike using Wordpress; it's not very user-friendly. Here's the catch: you sign up for the blog, and teatra.de is the host, so their name is attached to your blogs. What do you think about that? Please post below.
On to the selling part. Tea Trade acts like eBay or Etsy - sites which allow regular people to sell their wares. So if you have leftover tea, you can pawn it on Tea Trade. This strikes a nerve.
The online tea community has been swapping teas for years - sending tea to others in place of teas they'd like to try. I've been doing this for the past month or so. Yes you'll get some teas you don't like. I received some with red rooibos, which I have an issue with (see post), so I set it aside for a package.
Selling the tea is an option, I guess, but in the spirit of community I'd rather swap.
What do you think?