When it comes to cheap products nothing beats China, but is it price all that really matters? I don’t think price is the most important factor when we are talking about stuff you put in your body and affects your health. In this post we will cover why tongkat ali is such an expensive product and how come some companies can offer such a cheap tongkat ali powder.
Tongkat ali is an expensive product for many reasons, among which:
- It can’t be cultivated, only harvested from the wild, this increases its value over time as the tree gets more scarce
- It needs a lot of manual labor to extract the roots
- High concentration version of the product like 1:200 requires a lot of raw material to produce the finished tongkat ali powder
The budget-concerned customer will naturally search for the cheapest options available. sites like alibaba.com offers a myriad of cheap tongkat ali manufacturer like this one:
However, what those products actually are might not be what you were looking for.
Chinese tongkat ali
Have you ever wondered how come some companies can offer prices as low as $10-12? Don’t be fooled by the technical claims, there is no way that tongkat ali can be produced for such a low price.
In fact, tongkat ali, like many other herbal substance, is restricted for import in China. Take a look at this email from a Chinese tongkat ali manufacturer (source: herbolab)
The risk of buying tongkat ali from unverified sources is not just when dealing with Chinese companies, the problem is that all the companies they supply to might not even be aware of what they are selling.
Do yourself a favor and buy tongkat ali only from a reputable source like herbolab.com.