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|Subject: Re: Any Tea With The Word "Monkey" In It Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:02 pm|| |
|You prolly already know about Steepster.com. |
No, actually, that's entirely new to me. Thanks for pointing it out. This should prove to be helpful.
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|Subject: Update on YunnanSourcing.com Wed Nov 23, 2011 1:00 pm|| |
|...a vendor that Brothah Puff Daddy turned me on to just recently: YunnanSourcing.com|
PD ordered a several teas from them. I admit to being a bit cautious about ordering from China, but other than the wait involved with shipping the stuff from China, PD said he had no problem. The company looks like they've got their act together. The prices certainly look attractive, probably due to the elimination of a middleman U.S. vendor....
Here's an update on these guys. I wanted to keep track of all the YunnanSourcing.com teas I want to try, so I set up an account to give myself the ability to create a wish list. It worked fine, but to my horror, they automatically emailed my login information (username and password) in the clear (unencrypted) right after I set up my account. Aaarrrggghhh!!!
I sent them a rather blistering email about what a horrible security practice that is. It's one thing if I lose my password and ask them to send it to me (which still isn't a very good idea; there are better ways to handle that), but it's another thing entirely for them to send it unbidden, in the clear. What...do they think I don't know my own username and password? Sheesh...
To their credit, they responded positively. "Scott" from YunnanSourcing.com replied with an email acknowledging that it's completely unnecessary to be sending their users' login information. Evidently the third-party service that handles their user accounts was just arbitrarily sending the login info...presumably as a "courtesy" to new account holders.
Shitty security is NOT a courtesy, dammit.
Anyhow, Scott said he's going to get the service provider to stop sending login information. His excellent responsiveness on that subject is a very good sign that YunnanSourcing is a reliable vendor. I'm sufficiently impressed that my concerns about ordering tea directly from China have been mostly dispelled.
Good thing, too. After scouring only part of YunnanSourcing's online catalog, I found 18 teas I "need" to try.
The new "TAD": Tea Acquisition Disorder.