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The Truth About Wu-Yi Tea

Updated on July 5, 2011

Google "diet" and one of the paid advertisements along the side of your screen is almost guaranteed to be for some sort of dieter's tea: the Wu-Yi Source (also at, Wu-Long (at, or one or another of similar versions at websites run by QFL (Quality for Life).

On each of the sites, you find a similar story: this company has access to an exclusive source for special tea that helps you burn fat effortlessly and melts the pounds right off you. Various written testimonials are interspersed with the professed benefits of this particular brand of tea (which is inevitably claimed to be the original and most powerful version), followed by a list of benefits attributed to their brew.

Wu-Yi and Wu-Long are brand names for what is generally known as oolong tea.
Wu-Yi and Wu-Long are brand names for what is generally known as oolong tea.

Benefits of Oolong

Green tea and its semi-oxidized counterpart, oolong tea, have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for hundreds of years, and has been shown in scientific studies to play a role in the oxidation of fat. As one would expect, tea generally has no side effects, but neither is it a miracle-worker. TCM takes a holistic approach to the health, so a practitioner would never prescribe oolong alone for the treatment of obesity, or any other problem.

There are many varieties of oolong, one of the most famous of which is harvested in the Wuyi Mountains of the Fujian Province, which, presumably, is where the Wu-Yi Source got its name. However, it is unclear whether or not the Source's tea is indeed from the Wuyi Mountains. Ironically, the Source's "source" is never credited.

Stategic fonts and photos of Chinese teapots imply the suppression of this "natural" cure by Western medicine.
Stategic fonts and photos of Chinese teapots imply the suppression of this "natural" cure by Western medicine.

The Promotion of Wu-Yi and Wu-Long

On the Wu-Yi Source website, a list of benefits for the product is worded as follows:

1) May brighten skin while improving skin clarity

2) May fortify your immune system

3) May promote stronger, whiter teeth

4) May enhance body-mind wellness

5) It is 100% Natural and Organic

It is interesting to note that each of these claims, except the last, is preceded by the word "may." In addition, though each site has half-a-dozen written testimonials, there are none of the obligatory "before/after" pictures, and the fine print carries the typical disclaimers "Results Not Typical" and "When Used in Conjunction with Diet and Exercise." On the Wu-Yi Source, there are pictures of reputable health magazines strategically placed alongside a few testimonials of particular interest, but nowhere does it explicitly state that these magazines have endorsed Wu-Yi, though that is the implication.

Almost unfailingly, the sites bill their tea "As Seen on Oprah," and sometimes Rachel Ray is implicated as well, but the truth is, neither of these women has endorsed any particular brand, or even flavor, of tea. There is no mention of "wu-yi," "wulong," or even "oolong" on Oprah's site. The extent of the supposed testimonial about tea is found in two slides under Oprah's Snack Secrets, describing that the famous talk-show hostess curbs hunger pangs and cravings with a cup of tea and a light snack. Rachel Ray's site has no mention of tea for weight loss at all.

Several of the sites advertise a money-back guarantee, but this is a common practice among diet supplement dealers, as even unsatisfied consumers rarely go through the effort of sorting through the returns process.

The (Oo)Long and Short of It

Oolong tea, along with its cousins black and green tea, have wonderful mental and physical health benefits, but none of them are "magic brew." Sites like Wu-Yi and Wu-Long prey upon the chronic dieter's desperation to charge an extra buck or two on an already expensive product. The real deal is worth it. The fakes are not.

Please note: I am in no way affiliated with the makers or vendors of any of said teas. I cannot help you with cancellations or returns. You may find what has (and has not) worked for others in the "Comments" section below.


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      Roy 4 years ago

      I can honestly say with confidence, that I received a free months worth of wu yi tea, that I ordered from wu yi source, I just paid for the shipping which I think at the time was $4.99, I was desperate to lose weight due to medication I was taking. I was at 310 pounds. Before I was on the medication a few years before, I was bench pressing 300 and curling 80 pounds an arm, 500 pounds on my legs, and 290 on my back. I worked very hard to lose the first 30 pounds and dropped down to 271, then I came across wu yi source and had no idea what it was.. but I figured $4.99 if I qualify? what can it hurt? I did qualify for 1 months worth! In the instructions it said I only had to walk 30 minutes twice a week and not eat so late at night, drink lots of water. And that's all I did. I SWEAR, the first day I lost 3 pounds! And then 1 pound a DAY for the following month! I had to stop drinking it! I went from 271 to 240!!! I SWEAR!! I couldn't believe it! I had to stop, because losing that much weight that quick is just not healthy, and I admit I was squirley for 2 weeks after, but I haven't gained the weight back, and it's been 4 years! My WORD it works. And it works QUICK! Thanks for reading! -Roy

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      YUCK 5 years ago

      This tea is a bunch of crock. It's basically regular processed tea with extra orange peels and a bitter seed, extra pricey with a brand name. It tastes nasty. I had real oolong and real green tea brewed with loose leaf. Powerful smell with great aroma.

      Wu Yi? It's disgusting. I spat it out and brewed my chai. ANY TEA-brand name or not does the exact same thing Wu Yi does. Certain teas are higher in caffeine or antioxidants. Chai has higher contents than wu yi does in anything healthy.

      my roommate has been drinking Wu Yi for I don't know how long, but she was still as fat as ever. I lost ten pounds-doing what? Nothing but sitting on a chair eating gelato, green tea, and chai with milk and honey. She works everyday HARD and physically-standing, walking, carrying heavy items, drinks Wu Yi and NOTHING.

      Then I started buying more gelato and more chai and made her try it for the taste-because it is damn good. I had no intentions of her getting hooked on my eating habits.But hooked she did, eating my gelato cups. She lost weight doing that. I was laughing my ass off, because for al her claims of healthy food and healthy tea- my gelato, chai with milk and green tea with honey had her losing weight faster than ever in her entire life.

      I also introduced her to the uses of honey. Oh honey. I don't really like straight up sugar in my tea. I can't stand it. I use honey always-a very small spoon. Suddenly with my complete non-sugar and honey only cabinets- she has begun eating less because the honey fills her up better than regular sugar in tea ever could. She even started using it in her cooking. She's losing weight.

      When I took a nutrition science class I learned all the hype of 'healthy' ads as complete bullshit. I learned to read into the reality of it. Especially when they call energy drinks as 0 calories. The teacher always hollered out loud every time he saw that. The definition of Calories is energy. Its' a fancy word so no one gets it, but 1 C is essentially the amount of energy it takes to heat up water by 1 degree. It is energy. Anything that says they give you much energy with little calories? Complete bullshit. Anything that says 0 calories? lies. Non fat milk? horrid. You need fat, but no one likes to tell you that there are four different types of fat-one of which is chemically made in a lab and two of which you need to even break down, digest your food. Sat Fat- blegh, Trans fat-kill yourself. Monounsaturate and Polyunsaturated are incredibly healthy but rare is the label that bothers to put them in there.

      Notice in some labels when they list sat or trans fat with .2 g, but total fat is for some reason 8 g?

      Because according to the rules they can skim on certain things, not mention what other chemical fake fat they're adding or neglect to tell you the healthy fats-because the word fat is automatically associated with something terrible.

      Wu Yi is any other tea. It tastes terrible-smells funky, terribly picked, horrible add-ins. This is Not worth the bad flavor. Other teas taste great and vibrant while having the same nutrition and health benefits and they're all the normal teas you can get in an asian store.

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      mindirella 5 years ago

      I have been drinking this tea for a year and lost 50 pounds. My boyfriend started to drink it two years ago and he lost 80. I have not done any major dietary changes and can absolutely tell the difference in my energy level and how I feel when I don't get my two cups of the tea a day. I swear by it. It is spendy but totally worth it.

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      M.Perkins 5 years ago

      This tea does work. i started drinking it in Nov and stopped in March. I lost 20 pounds. forreal. Like it suppressed my apetite like no other and it made my back pain go away. after a month of drinking the tea i started being able to work out cause i felt better and lighter. I can see the lines in my neck now. lol. I had the red box.

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      Jaclyn Kleier 5 years ago

      Whether or not it promotes weight loss I can tell you one positive definitely curbs your appetite. I first picked this tea up at a discount store and have since become obsessed with it. Every time I go back to that store I pray they have more, but never do. So I buy it online now. I haven't seen their actual website and don't care about their claims; I just know that I love starting my workday with this tea and love having a glass after lunch. And Deliya Novak, I'm glad you had a laugh, but don't knock it until you've tried it!

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      Deliya Novak 6 years ago

      When I saw a box of WuYi being sold at a dollar store, I just cracked up laughing! It made my day.

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      Los Angeles Chiropractor 6 years ago

      Amazing information on hub.

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      Los Angeles Chiropractor 6 years ago

      Amazing information on hub.

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      Chanel Outlet Store 6 years ago

      This is the perfect blog for anyone who wants to know about this topic. You know so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I really would want...HaHa). perfect blog for anyone who wants to know about this topic. You know so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I really would want...HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a subject thats been written about for years. Great stuff, just great! You definitely put a new spin on a subject thats been written about for years. Great stuff, just great!

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      Kevin 6 years ago

      The previous commenter said "real oolong tea is awesome" and they are so right!

      And its so sad that unscrupulous marketing companies predominantly in the US have totally trashed the image of this wonderful tea.

      I was totally blown away to learn that the name "Wu Yi" had been used to see this obvious low quality tea to unsuspecting customers predominantly interested in weight loss!

      Actually Wu Yi is famous kind of oolong tea grown on the rocks of a famous mountain in China and the tea is of a very high quality and is not sold as a miracle weight-loss supplement within China and also within tea connoisseur circles.

      You can read about it here at this "Chinese Tea School" website:

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      ghiblipg 6 years ago

      interesting to know about tea. As I am living in Asia, it give me some idea on what to write. thanks =)

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      Bea 6 years ago

      I bought the Wu-Yi tea (black box) supposedly the real thing. Didn't work, went through an entire box, didn't lose a pound and after stop taking it, experienced extreme head aches. also one of my friends had a mild stroke, the only thing he was doing different on his diet and workout routine was drinking this tea. This really scared me and got rid of it.... the best thing to due is work out and healthy diet.... People do not waste your money i learned the hard way

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      DBM 6 years ago

      Just go into a Chinese Food Mart and buy some oolong Tea, or even Green or Black Tea for that matter. You don't need to buy a brand name online anywhere. If you get a good deal - then great, go for it. I'm able to buy oolong tea leaves at a local tea shop that doesn't come in the processed tea bags for a good price. Do some research Wu-Yi Source and other brands just play on the fact that most consumers don't know where oolong tea comes from.

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      Jessy 6 years ago

      This is a joke. I took Wu Yi Source for about a year. I went from 220lbs to 200lbs then desided to also eat healthier (vegetarian) and went from 200 to 160. Wu Yi is a God send. I don't care what anyone thinks. I love this tea. BUT get the real thing. Wu Yi Source and it's in a black box. It's worth the money!

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      olivia 7 years ago

      what makes the person who invented this an expert ???

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      Karen 7 years ago

      OMG! are you people for real.....if you got it at a discount or dollar store of course is not the real deal, its just a version of the tea......i cant believe you going to compare a dollar store tea to a diet regimen formulated to produce a specific how dumb does that sound.....

      wow.....unbelievabe, gullable people...

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      Toni W. 7 years ago

      I am drinking my first cup of Wu-Yi and looked up this web site to find out more about this type of tea. It is alot better tasting than the green teas I have tried. As far as losing weight?? I purchased mine online at for a very reasonable price. 60 bags for $4.99/

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      Hannah 7 years ago

      I drank 2-3 cups of Wu-Yi Tea per day for one full year and I lost three pant sizes with no other lifestyle or diet changes. I have now been off the tea for one year and I have put two pant sizes back on, again with no other diet and lifestyle changes. I am back online to find my source of Wu-Yi Tea because it really did work wonders for me. Not only did I drop in size while on Wu-Yi Tea I also had a clarity of mind that I have never experienced in my life. I love it, love it, love it! No, this is not a paid ad, I have no affiliate status with anyone. This is my genuine experience with it.

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      Josh 7 years ago

      Haha i loveeeee Wu-Yi good [=

      Tastes like rice!

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      pontremolli 7 years ago

      I have been drinking Wu-Yi Source Green tea for nearly a year. I love the taste and have a few cups a day. Unfortunately my source has dried up as the supermarket no longer stocks it. I was paying just 50 pence for a large box (yes £0.50) They must have bought a job lot. I now have to use Major Supermarkets for other brands which are not too costly. Surfing through the net I find that Health shops etc. charge ridiculous prices. Since I have been drinking the tea I have put 2 stones on in weight (28 lbs approx), This is because I am disabled and also have a small broken bone in my foot which is going to take months to heal so my mobility is minimal. However, Green Tea helping you to lose weight, pigs might fly???

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      Ree 7 years ago

      I am too tickled. I bought 2 boxes of 60 Tea bags for 69 cents each. I just figured it was a cheap buy for a bunch of bags to make lots of iced tea. Never knew it was supposed to be special. Funny.....haven't lost an ounce. (LOL)

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      Rosh 7 years ago

      Can i find this tea in new zealand. i would like to give it a go.If anyone knows please let me know.


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      InfinityVal 7 years ago from NNY

      I just bought a box of wu-yi source tea for 99 cents. It was a great buy for oolong. Didn't realize there was so much hype about it.

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      bradmcr 7 years ago

      Hi all,

      I bought this is in the UK in a discount store when it was on sale for 20p, I just assumed it was ordinary tea so I bought 20 packets of it, it was the one in the fancy pink box. I have to say the tea is very refreshing and as for weight loss there has been none that can be specifically related to drinking it but it was a bargain and makes a change from drinking the normal mass produced brands we get here in the UK.

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      Bimendra gun 7 years ago from Sri Lanka

      what a great article

      hey Maddie is there any possibility to take them for bodybuilders for grow their body well

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      Maddie Ruud 7 years ago from Oakland, CA

      By popular demand, most recent comments are now displayed first. Please scroll all the way down to the bottom to leave your own comment.

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      JohnZ 7 years ago

      WU-YI is a rip-off company. Once they have your credit card number, you are charged for 3 boxes of tea at $39.95 plus shipping. In adition you are charge a fee for an online exerize program.

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      Bimendra gun 7 years ago from Sri Lanka

      what a great article . I didn't find such an article ever before about tea.Even i didn't think so deeply about tea can do such part. thanks for you about that article.

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      gr82bme 7 years ago from USA

      Did you people read the other comments?I read one that said she is living in China and has never heard of that tea and the people in china don't care to know about it. Sorry I tried to find who said it. Too many to go back through. You can if you want to.

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      jaymelee23 7 years ago from United States

      I'm not a bit tea drinker, but my mother will enjoy this info. Thanks.

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      Fran 7 years ago

      I just bought a box at the local dollar store. OMG

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      Rosie 7 years ago

      I wish there was some way you could put the most recent comments first. To look at comments from 3 years ago makes one assume your website isn't updated. It's a great site tho! I used the Wu-Yi advertised tea, and didn't lose weight, but after 3 months, old tarter behind my teeth LITERALLY FELL OFF IN CHUNKS. I never get cavities, so didn't bother with cleanings. Secondly, my teeth have gotten darker since I switched to black tea again, after tired of paying high prices. I did buy cheap oolong in China Town, but didn't appreciate the taste at all. Maybe I'll try a nicer Oolong...

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      Scarlett 7 years ago

      I've been drinking the Wu-Yi source tea for a little while now due to a friend introducing it to me. I never even knew that there were claims of weight loss benefits. I like the flavor of the tea, that's what gets me drinking it. Thanks for the heads up.

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      Emily 7 years ago

      I actually bought a sample box of Wu-Yi Source from a local Trader Joe's (which is ironic because, right on the box, it specifically says, "Not available in stores.")

      At the time, I had no idea that there were any associated "weight loss benefits", I merely picked up the box because I had never seen the tea before, and had assumed "Wu-Yi" was a different variation entirely from Oolong.

      For a few weeks straight I drank the tea ceaselessly with a little bit of Splenda per mug of tea; not because it was particularly good, nor particularly healthy, but merely because it was the only caffinated tea I had in my house at the time.

      I did lose weight, but I can assure you that my weight loss was as a result of a recent change to my diet and exercise. The only thing I can really cite to Wu-Yi's benefits were it's appetite-curbing abilities. The tea, as thick and musty as it is, gives the false impression of fullness for a while (which quickly melts away as is the case for anything unsubstantial one puts in their stomach).

      However, I believe the same can be said for just about any tea, and certainly for any variety of Oolong; the Wu-Yi source variation was just far too pricey for what it was. Compared to real Oolong tea, Wu-Yi source tasted plain, even artificial. In fact, the ingredients themselves merely list "Oolong Tea, Natural Apple Flavoring".

      So, I would say that Wu-Yi is a scam, to those thinking of trying it. There is absolutely no difference between it, and it's less brand-name counterparts of Oolong tea, except in it's inferior quality. If you want to curb your appetite, fine; but otherwise, it is no potion.

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      patti 8 years ago

      i just bought this (in the red box) from a dollar store. I went online here because the brochure about how the tea was picked was a bit over the top so I wanted to see what was supposed to be so special. i cant believe people spent so much money on this, its not even really good tea. good enough for a dollar

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      Pon 8 years ago

      Don't buy it people. I bought it a while back and got bill for something i never got so i cancel it. After i cancel it they still bill me for over a year and never reimburse me for it... Don't make the same mistake i did

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      tingyi2521 8 years ago

      People attempting to lose weight usually resort to health-threanting measures like fat loss pills, special diets and exercise gadgets. These steps usually make you poorer and generally cause disappointment. A natural option to weight loss is wu yi tea. Wu yi tea is a natural diet tea offering a rapid and natural weight loss

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      Big Swifty 8 years ago

      I just got off the phone with a girl who was trying to sell me this stuff but her supervisor couldn't tell me if I should roll it or smoke it out of a pipe so I guess I won't be trying it out. Oh well, eh.

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      Glen 8 years ago from Australia

      Hey Maddie, I'd love to see you do a hub on 'monkey picked' tea.

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      Ann Leavitt 8 years ago from Oregon

      Hi Maddie,

      I read this wonderful hub of yours a year ago and that's what convinced me to join HubPages. Your down-to-earth style, just writing what you know about, was something I could do, and this hub made me want to do it. Thanks for being so inspiring!

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      Gabrielle 8 years ago

      I actually the product Wu-Yi tea and I do agree with what you are saying. The reason why some people should choose this tea over other common brands is because Wu Yi tea has the highest amount of polyphenol. I don't think if you drink these tea, you will lose weight without exercise and dieting, BUT in Wu Yi's defense if you work out and have a good diet Wu Yi tea will help break down the fats and help you in losing weight more than if you were working out and dieting without it.

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      Curtis 8 years ago

      It may not have or do what claims to do, but I love the smell of the tea, and it tastes better than green tea, black tea. I like enjoy drinking tea, and have many different kinds. This tea will help you lose weight, drink it while you exercise, it will quench you thirst while you work out losing weight. :-)

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      maninder 8 years ago

      please tell me from where i can get it in North India

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      Tallorders 8 years ago

      Hi Maddie, I was given a box of Wu-Long teabags and have been drinking the tea for a few months and really enjoying it. Not sure about the weight loss side of things but I'd like to buy some more but don't want to pay the price they quote on their website. Is there the same product under a different name I can buy at a store? I live in Los Angeles.


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      Sonja 8 years ago

      My mother in law just gave me a box of Wu-Yi Source tea (in the red box) from Zhejiang Camel Transworld Co. I think she got it in B&M all I wanted to know is if it is safe to drink and if so the best way to drink it ie with milk or without.

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      minah 8 years ago

      i used wu yi tea like 1and half yrs ago when i had my son.And in 2months lost 30 lbs and a couple pants sizes. but then i got pregnant again and gained it all right im about to do wu yi again lol and birth control.but i know wu yi works because i used it 2 times a day and drank water all day and it stopped my appitite and made me feel full.i drank more water in a day then anything which helps with weight loss and eating light foods all the time will also be a benefit with the cant drink the tea and eat mcdonalds all day but u can havea day out of the week to eat fat lol

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      k Stone 8 years ago

      I would say that oolong tea is great tea which has many good effect. I would also advise , pliz dont spend so many bucks buying online, you can get oolong tea very cheap and its available on market.

      Good luck.

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      Andy 8 years ago

      Wi Yu Source Tea can be purchased from B and M Store, Hay Mills, Birmingham, England for 49p yes 49p. Gotwi 4 wi box today will return to get another 10. They are in the Wi Yu source box.....

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      Wu yi fan 8 years ago

      I just wanted to say that I found in a Holiday market OOlong tea and started drinking that and health wise I feel great and love it, I make sure I have a couple glasses a day with plenty of water. I don't exercise other than cleaning up the house and running after kids and I have always eaten healthy but having 4 kids back to back did not help the fact that I do need to lose weight. I don't have the time to exercise yet but I am almost positive that I would loose weight quicker. I have been drinking my tea for 4 months now and have lost about 20 pounds without exercise. Now I just want to say that it takes time to gain the weight and it takes just the same to loose it in a healthy manner, so stop looking for a quick fix because it won't happen that way. Time and patience is key. Eat better (not perfect), get some exercise, plenty of water and with time you will lose. You have to train your body and get matabolism back up, just as you trained it to be slow by being lazy and eating unhealthy. I must say Organic helps as well, it has less added crap in it. WATER WATER WATER, veggies, and fruit. I just got a membership and can post to you guys once I am able to work out to see if I do loose quicker but I am with Maddie it is just an aide to weight loss and you can find it cheaper in a grocery store or Ebay or Amazon. I totally just went to a Christmas party and my gift was Wuyi from the website. I thought it was funny but hay at least I won't be buying for about 5 months cause it was 5 boxes (60 in each box) LOL you guys have a great day and enjoy the holidays.

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      birdgarden 8 years ago

      I just bought several boxes of this tea at Grocery Outlet in the San Francisco Bay Area for .50 a box. Since I am a high-end tea drinker, making a quart at a time, and drinking a couple of quarts a day. This tea is great! I didn't know it was being marketed as a "diet" tea. I wanted to know more about the company. The tea is very high-quality for a tea-bag product. I normally only drink bulk Jasmine green tea, and I buy it in full-leaf or a canister. I think the company has changed their box design; the old box is not on their website. Saw a couple of eBay sellers with the old black box, which I bought in the store. Check out your discount markets. This oolong tea is really quite good. I think the reason why tea companies market this as a "diet" product is because some people get nauseous drinking it on an empty stomach. I have found that green tea actually helps with digestion, and I do not drink it without food in my system. Big difference! Asian communities always drink tea with or after a meal.

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      Marsha 8 years ago

      I bought the Wu-YiSource tea at least 8 months ago and never tried it. I read it was a scam, tried to return it, they kept sending me box after box. Finally, I was able to reach them and they stopped sending and charging me. So, I have 5 boxes w/ 60 tea bags each. After all this time, I decided to try it because I like tea and thought if it had healthy benefits, why not? Might as well drink my inventory :) At the end of the last two days of only drinking 1 cup in the morning, I noticed a serious decrease in hunger. I am not saying this is the answer to mankind. That would be stupid, but I do think it can aid in curbing cravings and hunger. Had a real desire for fruit....interesting. We'll see...can't hurt.

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      DianeGem 8 years ago

      I purchased two boxes of 60 teabags at a local Odd Job Lot store here in Connecticut. It cost me two dollars a box as it was obviously a closeout. I thought I would try it and at the time I thought it was green tea. I decided to look up the tea today and found this site.

      So far, I have had 24 cups of this tea and have not noticed any weight loss whatsoever. I have not come down with a seasonal cold yet this year after exposure to others who were suffering with colds and supposedly H1N1. This could also be due to my diligence in taking immune protective herbs as well.

      So, perhaps the tea is good for antioxidants but I didn't lose a pound. And as I said I just thought the stuff was green tea in a fancy box labeled "WU-YI Source Authentic Wu-YI TEA." THis teas is manufactured by Zhejiang Camel Transworld Co., Ltd. Zhejiang, China.

      Hey, the price was right!

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      Cait 8 years ago

      I just bought some of this from B&M. It was 49p for 60 bags!

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      vicki 8 years ago

      I bought this tea (free trial) also and i live in NZ. Same problem, after cancelling order, found all these other charges on my credit card. CC company told me I had to cancel direct with whoever was charging me - but I didn't know. Quickest thing is to just cancel the card!

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      Janelle 8 years ago

      So for those who have tried this tea and another brand of oolong tea (yeah, I got taken in by this scam too, a couple of years ago. Still working through my origional box) how does the flavor compare? Though I haven't lost any weight, I do enjoy the flavor of this brand and am hesitant to switch, though reading the recent comments I may go see if my local Grocery Outlet carries the stuff. And I am picky about the way my tea tastes.

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      Jen 8 years ago

      I just bought a box of Wu Yi Source tea(60 count) at a discount store for $1. Their shelf was full of the stuff! If I were a dishonest person, guess I could buy a bunch and sell them on ebay for a fortune! Thank God, I'm not like that.

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      BlackRockOutlet 8 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Good info, keep up the good work.

      However as others have noted; The FDA does not back claims of weight loss with any tea. And they have done testing. The math for weight loss is calories in verses calories out. Eat smart, exercise regularly and hydrate properly.

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      cazort 8 years ago

      Thank you for this article! I find what you are saying here to be right-on, in particular the following:

      "tea...but neither is it a miracle-worker. TCM takes a holistic approach to the health, so a practitioner would never prescribe oolong alone for the treatment of obesity, or any other problem."

      I think people often forget this when reading about any health fad, whether green tea, oolong tea, or any kind of new diet or new food that is suddenly found in some study to be very healthy or beneficial to the health.

      There are many things that are beneficial to health, and you can't expect any one thing to solve all your problems! Emphasizing the holistic approach is so important.

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      SteelWolf 8 years ago

      Long and short of it - got a box from Wu-Yi with a Des Moines Army Post Distribution Center return address. Lost the box for several months then stumbled on it (yes, I am that unorganized). The box said to call 877-417-2511 before opening the box. I just called the number twice and got a busy signal (thank Heavens). Finally said screw it and opened the box - 60 Wu-Yi Source tea bags (sharp looking black box) and a bottle of 60 tablets of ACAIBURN (the "Secret of the Amazon" no less according to the bottle). So here is what has me puzzled - how did they get my name and address, why would they send me a box of product, the contents of the box contain no invoice nor give a website, nobody has called (at least not that I'm aware of - there are five people in this house), I haven't given my credit card number to anyone associated with this company and I'm not aware of any charges made to my credit card (although I am going to re-check the last couple statements to be certain). After opening the box I did the research, found all these comments and learned that someone was attempting a scam. Anyway, I'm going to drink the tea and toss the pills. Just thought I'd let everyone know that this time the scammer screwed up and got scammed. I'll raise a cup of with a toast to you all that you never get scammed again.

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      tea_drinker 8 years ago

      I just bought this $200 wu-yi tea at a flea market for $1 at a flea market. $200? Honestly? I am shocked at the lengths some people will go to. My question- since it is dieters tea- which I did not know when I purchased it- does it have any negative side effects? Like is it a diuretic? Or is it simply oolong tea? The insert that came with it does not have much info about the diet part, except a short blurb about a 12 week program.

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      Karen Salzwedel 8 years ago

      For those who like the taste of the tea - regardless of whether it aids weight loss or not, our local NW Indiana Buck Stop stores are selling the Wu-Yi Source brand in a red flowered metallic box of 60 for $1.00. I bought some the other day - not realizing it was supposed to aid in weight loss - mainly because it was cheap and I drink a lot of tea. I like the flavor and it doesn't seem to have a caffeine kick that affects my sleep. Of course, I only drink a cup in the am and maybe one later in the afternoon.

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      Joe 8 years ago

      Amy, I wonder if we were shopping in the same store, because I also just bought 3 boxes from my GO in CA at 50 cents a box. I didn't even realize it was THAT brand when I bought it. At that price, it's a good deal for just tea. I have no illusions about what it's capable of.

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      Amy 8 years ago

      haha Heather!!! Me too!! We have a grocery outlet her in Cali. too, and I just bought two boxes for a buck!! Pretty packaging, but I must admit, I feel sorry for all the folks that spent $40 and $80 bucks for this stuff. It's just tea for goodness sakes!! GO TO GROCERY OUTLET!!!!

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      Heather D. 8 years ago

      I am so happy I found this tea for .50 cents (box of 60 tea bags) at Grocery Outlet here in Oregon. That is how much tea should be!

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      Laura 8 years ago

      You will loose weight but that weight you loose is purely fluid as Wu yi is a diaretic.....after u have lost your excess fluid the weight you loose will be from the effort you put into exercise and healthy eating.

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      hinckles koma 8 years ago from nyc

      I drink tea all the time and we order it from Japan, I think you give excellent information.

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      sheryld30 8 years ago from California

      Cool. Love Oolong. :)

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      steffsings 8 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      excellent information and congrats on the GOOGLEness

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      tracie 8 years ago

      sept 2008 i ordered from wu yi source, loved the tea, noticed the 2 other marketed products, cancelled them in a timely fashion. lost 15 lbs. feb 2009, i had run out and missed the tea, ordered again from wu yi and have now lost 25 lbs. all in all the oolong tea with polyphenols and catechins really did seem to burn fat faster and curb my appetite. i am without it again and looking to reorder, only this time i think i'll shop around for a 'good' price. thanks for the tip. i remain convinced about the tea...but who wants to be ripped off? thx for the article.

      p.s. the wu yi source site seems to be down now anyway.

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      Doc 8 years ago

      I just wanted to make comment so this site moves further up the list when "Wu-Yi" is googled


      I did not have a bad experience, a friend gave me a box actually. I just enjoy the taste, but I hate to hear what she possibly went through.

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      trimar7 8 years ago from New York

      I too ordered the Wu Yi tea. They get you by offerring a "sample" for free. Then you are signed up for their automatic shipements. The tea arrived in bulk, a three month supply. Thus, you are in for some hefty payment. I was able to find the contact information through my bank,as they are obligated to give it to them. I was able to return the product and recoup most of my money. I thought I was done. NOT! A few months later I notice this $4.95 charge has been appearing on my credit statement. I call the company and they tell me that I agreed to some other service by accepting the Wu Yi Tea. I told them that I cancelled that. They told me that did not cover their company, which of course I was unaware of. They were willing to give me one month's fee back. I had to fight hard folks because at this point it was the principle of the matter of trickery. Finally, they relented and told me they would refund all of my money. The bottom line is don't take no for an answer. The last thing I hope that all got from this is DO NOT BUY from this company. They are out to get your money - PERIOD! Thanks for the hub. It gave me a chance to vent.

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      hubpageswriter 8 years ago

      Cool.. this hub is on the first page on Google for the topic Wu Yi Tea; awesome.. good hub. Very well done..

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      Win2Win 8 years ago from Wales

      My wife drinks all kind of weird stuff like this, and anything that doesn't smell as bad as ginger tea is OK with me as long as she is the one drinking it. The picture of the stuff puts me off though. But then would people eat burgers if they seen how they were made?

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      Joel Marison 8 years ago from Singapore

      I drink wolong just for pleasure. Usually have if after dinner . I have heard of some websites claim that this chinese tea is good for dieter but I never believe in it. Other than of the good taste, I don't feel any benefits. By the way, here in Singapore, this type is easily available in every supermarket or even small grocery shop.

      There are lots of scammer on the internet today.

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      LadyJet 8 years ago from

      My husband and I drink green and black teas a lot.  At least 1-2 cups a day with our meals. 

      I used to drink more herbal tea. However, when I met my husband and his family are partial to Japanese teas because his father was stationed in Japan for 2 3-year stints and got used to the foods, drinks, and the language.  His dad's been out of Japan for more than 30 years and he still speaks quite a bit of Japanese, which he tries out on anyone who looks even close to being Japanese. Fortunately, most of the people he speaks Japanese to realize what's going on and are nice to him about it even if they themselves are not Japanese.

      So, back to my point, drinking both green and black teas have helped with my antioxidants as well as my overall well-being.

      Wonderful review, Maddie.


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      ajm5050 8 years ago from NY

      Great read, thanks for all the helpful information. I drink oolong tea whenever I go to Chinese restaurants, I just never knew it had so many health benefits.

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      notorious_HAI 8 years ago

      Wise words Maddie. lemon dedox, definitely agree! Good old fashion healthy eating and exercise is the way to go.

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      lemon detox 8 years ago

      Best to stick with the basics of healthy eating and exercise. Some teas though are very helpful. Be careful though if they are expensive or make big claims

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      steve 8 years ago

      I drank a cup and WOW, I lost 15 pounds in 10 minutes!!!!!

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      maureen5050 8 years ago

      hi everyone just happen to come across this site i recived wu yi tea two weeks ago and after reading the horror stories iv just rang my bank and told a little lie told them iv lost my bank card their sending a new one wu yi tea said it was free so im not paying a penny more.

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      Daria 8 years ago

      The WuYi tea is a BIG FAT FRAUD! I am open to new things, and thought that I can try, even if it costs money, but assuming it is a company that cares about its reputation I would have no problems my DREAMS!Their intensive, no, AGGRESSIVE marketing has to be paid for, I still cannot cancel my order because apparently they cannot "find my details", so gonna cancel my card and I hope people become smarter and actually start reading the reviews before committing to something.

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      Doug 8 years ago

      Glad I always check these things out. Now I know I will not be buying.

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      nynioska 8 years ago

      HELLO every1!!

      I am so like Wow!!

      so many people with the same issue.pretty sad :(

      but my question is... From what website did u guys order this product (tea)

      because there is hundreds of websites selling this "Wonderful tea". = this website supost 2 be the real 1.

      The Wu- Yi Tea Company 8305 Hwy 71 West, Suite 110Austin, Texas 78735

      Did you order a FREE Trial?Did you order from Wu-Yi Source?Call 1 866 449-5567We ARE NOT Wu-Yi Source!They are fraudulent. Beware!

      Phone: 512 328-2400 Fax:512 288-1331

      Business Hours: M-F 9am-5pm CST

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      Jackie 8 years ago

      Hi, I just read the posts and as always I need to read more to make up my mind. So I went to look for more information. I went on Wikipedia to know more about this miracle tea.

      And I went on the official site from the fujian governement site :

      I think some of you would like to read about the research on obisity. Obviously, it's another version about this tea. And I think all of us need to use our common sense and not to expect too much but saying that I think I will buy some to try myself the benefits and if I lose weight great otherwise I will enjoy a great tea. And I will go in a chinese shop to make sure I get the best product possible at a correct price.


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      saidbint 8 years ago

      I have been billed for the past four months for this garbage. I cancelled on the first day and received a cancellation number. I informed my bank and they advised me to cancel my credit card and fill in a fraud claim along with my bank statement detailing date of payments. They will endevour to get my money refunded' Isn't there an international oganisation to deal with internet fraud.I guess I have learnt my lesson from my own stupidity. Cross your Tee's and dot your I's

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      Jay 8 years ago

      OK, I did a comparison of the Wu-Yi Tea (59.99) from the site and the Wu-Yi Tea from amazon (8.99) and they are the same damn thing! If anything, the one from amazon is better quality because it retains a nice golden color, whereas the Wu-Yi turns brown. I will admit that both suppress the appetite.

      here is the link for the amazon tea, if you're going to go through with this diet:

      There are a lot of horror stories about returns in this site, but my process was realtively simple (so far)

      I Called (866) 449-5567 and talked to a representative within minutes who cancelled my subscription to the tea, and told me I had to pay 59.99 for the tea that I had already received.

      I am within my 14 day free trial period, so she gave me a return mailing address: Wu-Yi Source/ PO Box 10233/ Des Moines, Iowa 50381 to return the unused tea. BE SURE TO GET A TRACKING # and SIGNATURE UPON ARRIVAL to make sure this transaction is legit. If the package arrives before the 14 days are up, you will not be billed the 59.99. If not, the refund takes two weeks to process. *write the order # outside of the box as well as inside with all of the materials.

      This return procedure is standard, but I will definitely post again and report them to BBB if everything does not go accordingly.

      I had to specifically ask to be removed from all subscriptions that I was automatically enrolled in, and she gave me two more phone numbers to cancel those subscriptions. I got confirmation #s for all of the cancellations I made.

      the #s are:

      (866) 363 0187 for the Insider Secrets To Weight Loss

      (800) 898 5907 for the Comprehensive Weight Loss E-book Package

      Happy dieting, everyone! And PLEASE follow through with the refund. Give dieting companies some incentive to STOP SCAMMING PEOPLE!

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      Kimberly  8 years ago

      I fell for the trap and I cancelled after a week of trying the tea (which did not yield additional results to what I was doing before starting the tea). FYI- I was told that the free trial was actually a pay for a month but after 2 weeks not upfront. Even though I cancelled they will still charge me for a month. I will supposedly get a refund if I mail all supplies back (they gave me an address in Iowa which is different than other addresses listed above). On top of that I have to track down and cancel 2 other programs that they "sold" my card to for free trials. If you fell for this, it is more than just shipping back tea. Look at your money account and see where your money is going.

      I liked the tea, but it wasn't worth the cost. I am going to look for oolong tea because it was pleasant but not a weight loss method.

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      Sarah 9 years ago

      Well i also fell into this scam about a year ago, and i did not order the free trail,instead i order the 10 or 12 box,and finish it all but did not get any result of weight loss the only result i have gotten so far is headache and the money that i gave this wu yi company.

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      marc-canada 9 years ago

      this is a SCAM company , they will automaticaly register u to well automatic shipments of their scammy products , and charge ur card .... i am the one who pays , but u cant cancel their orders and they dont wanna help u , they are scammer for money , when i called them , the girl was rude , it seemed she was listening to tv at the same time , as she was eating on something , it looked suspicious ..... i canceled my credit card and will get another one with a new number ... PLEASE DO NOT CLICK on WU YI TEA SOURCE ... ITS PURELY A FRAUD AND SCAM <

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      Chloe Gilzean 9 years ago

      Daniel - You are missing the point of the review. I have had to cancel my entire account and open a new one because they hide the fact that they wil charge u for all these hidden services that they claim are "FREE" they also overcharge for the actual tea (if thats even what it is). It is also near impossible to speak to an actual persn to complain and they say they will refund then don't bother.

      It's a complete scam

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      cheryls05 9 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      I did not even order the stuff and I received the "free trial".  I was within the 30 day period and was able to return it.  I went on-line through the chat.  The scary thing is, I don't know how they got my information.  When I was with a representative, they kept repeating the same thing over and over.  I kept at it - it was very annoying.  I finally got what I needed in order to get a refund.  I paid for postage.  I also checked my credit cards to make sure there were no purchases made. Based on the comments, It looks like there were a lot of horror stories with this company. 

      This was a good article.  Very informative.  I also enjoyed reading everyone's posts.

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      From China 9 years ago

      Do not buy Wu Yi Tea or Wu Long online. It's a scam. The WuYi tea purchased online are NOT from the original source in Wuyi Mountain.

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      Andrea 9 years ago

      Do not touch this with a barge-pole!!

      I have been stung to the tuneof almost £70 after sending for a "free" sample.Though they said they would only charge £2.95 for postage, they took £18.01 from my credit card. When I contacted them they said they would reimburse me - Instead they took another £6.50 . and now, today they have taken another £44.00 ! (Oh, by the way, I cancelled my original order and returned the unwanted tea which they sent even though they had acknowledged that I'd cancelled my order!) I am FURIOUS!!! I have had to cancel my credit card in case they take any more money from me.

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      BB 9 years ago

      okay guys i need your advice, so i bought this shit too, i cant believe my friend and i fell for it. But i think i can still do something about it.

      I bought the product couple weeks ago, and i immediately called the 800 number and cancelled the order. The lady said ok but i will be charged 60 for the trial BUT if i send it back to them within 60 days i will be fully refunded. Now that ive read all of your comments i think i am going to cancel my credit and pay $10 and get a new credit card rather then paying $60 for something i didn't even purchase. I still cant believe i fell into this shit. DO NOT BUY this tea! DON'T DO IT

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      STACY 9 years ago

      SCAM, SCAM, SCAM!!

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      SCHealth Shop 9 years ago

      Hi there, thank you for clarifying what Wu-Yi Tea is as I own a health food shop in Broken Hill and sell China Fujian Oolong Tea 125g for $3.98 and 20 Teabags for $2.24. I have been asked for Wu-Yi Tea and did not know it was one and the same. So try not to get ripped off just for the NAME. I've been selling OOLONG tea for years and depending on the brand as to the cost. I do find that once it has been labeled or companies promote it for "weight loss" the price seems to skyrocket and it prices it self out of peoples reach. People with weight problems do tend to try anything they can.

      I hope this helps people, Desi