“Oh, you have to get two ounces of a tea. We have a minimum of two ounces.”
She then gave me a catalog of their teas and I saw Rooibos Chai was $4.80 for two ounces. I asked for two ounces of Rooibos Chai.
“Well, you need to buy one of our tins. They cost $6 and $7. They help protect the tea and make it last for a year.”
“I think I’ll skip the tin.”
“But it’s refillable.”
“I’ll buy a tin some other day.”
“But the tea won’t be as good if you don’t buy this tin.”
“I’m not interested in buying a tin.”
This, by the way, is my favorite part of Teavana’s strategy. According to them, you must buy one of their storage tins for tea or TEA AS WE KNOW IT WILL CEASE TO EXIST. Teavana overall tries to sell you on all of the things they have that are a bit overpriced. You need to prepare tea? You’ll need one of our tea pots, a small one of which will cost you more than $100. You want to prepare tea on the go? Buy a tumbler we have, which will cost you at least $40. And the proper way to brew their tea is to use one of the infusers, which starts at $20. But my favorite part is how they sell their storage tins.
“That should be okay,” she said.
“No, it isn’t okay,” I said. “I asked for two ounces of Rooibos Chai and that’s 2.6 ounces.” Now, if it had been 2.3 ounces, I wouldn’t have complained. But 2.6 ounces is closer to 3 ounces so I felt I needed to say “That’s too far away from the quantity I asked for.”
“Well, it’s in the bag so I can’t put it back in the tin.”