Sunday, April 1, 2012

RateTea to be Bought Out By Teavana (April Fool's)

I'm giving an inside peek here to my most loyal subscribers, before I share the official post via the RateTea newsletter.

I love working on RateTea, but it's a lot of work, and there are a lot of other things that I've been wanting to pursue in my life. Recently, I've been receiving increasing attention from various companies, expressing interest in buying out RateTea. Most of these offers did not impress me, for the simple reason that people were not able to provide me with enough cold, hard cash. But after some deliberation, I have decided to accept one of these offers.

RateTea will be purchased by Teavana Holdings, Inc, for an undisclosed sum of money. I will continue to work with the site for the next three months to facilitate the transition, after which the site will be completely run by Teavana. The Teavana management has assured me that they will do everything in their power to maintain the site's impartial character, and that Teavana's teas will be treated just the same as other company's teas.

As Yahoo! Finance's profile on Teavana shows, Teavana, following their recent IPO, is one of the few tea companies with enough cash to actually buy RateTea for the price I was asking.

Did I get you?

Haha. April fools.


  1. Wow! That's breaking news!
    Sigh! After writing the first line, I've found it's not true... :-p

  2. Yeah, you got me. That joke is almost as evil as the reality would be!

  3. Awesome! I saw your G+ post right as I was joining the Tea Salon Hangout, and I didn't even have time to START to realize it was an April Fool's joke. Consider me well gotten. :)

  4. haha..good one. This reminds me of a disreputable tea shop in San Francisco (one of many) which uses large, tacky posters with low resolution pictures, advertising teas with names like "Blue People Oolong" and lots of spurious health claims in all caps. The scary thing is it's *not* a joke..sigh.

  5. You got me.