Pu-erh counterfeiting caught on vid

Check this video out:
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Description: Caught this guy rubbing a puer brick on the street in the Kunming market to make the wrapper look "old."
Not my own video, found it on Reddit.
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Dario Niedermann.              Also on the Internet at: 

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Dario Niedermann
On 2015-04-08 08:58:21 +0000, Dario Niedermann said:
It seems like this is likely to be pretty pervasive. I also suspect that puerh teas are upgraded by the substitution of a new wrapper as well.
Popular puerh manufacturers have been taking steps against this such as placing the tea in a sealed plastic bag with tiny air holes, and also boxing the teas and affixing holographic sticker seals. These may be effective to some degree but as time goes on, I think it's probable that the situation will get much worse.
Stock up now - pherh improves with age, will never get any cheaper, and is likely to be a better long-term investment than stocks and bonds.
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Oregonian Haruspex
Oregonian Haruspex writes:
But it isn’t that simple. A lot of people in China acted on that theory in the early 2000s. There was a speculative frenzy now known as the Pu’er Bubble. It ended just about 8 years ago, wiping out a large number of people. A good place to read about this is “Puer Tea: Ancient Caravans and Urban Chic” by Jinghong Zhang.
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Lew Perin / perin@acm.org 
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Lewis Perin
On 2015-04-10 13:43:59 +0000, Lewis Perin said:
Thanks for the book recommendation - puerh literature is very difficult to get in English.
I was aware of the puerh bubble but I didn't know that people were wiped out financially. It would be interesting to see how and why, especially seeing the kinds of prices that good 10+ year old puerh can fetch these days.
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Oregonian Haruspex

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