Within any tea type, there is a wide range of quality produced available to consumers living in China. This range of quality is not generally available in Western countries currently.
This is similar in concept to wine in western culture - where there is a range of qaulity for a wine type, with price reflecting quality, and brand of the producer or area where the wine grapes were grown.
The quality range within a Chinese tea type is very broad, from top quality which is difficult to put a price on to very basic low price tea bags.
Fresh tea is associated with quality tea (Pu-erh tea is an exception).
This section discusses how to distinguish quality differences in teas.