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Re: Great day... I guess

Daryl, The only reason I can think of for such pricing is that these women
planned to nab these plants for themselves, which wouldn't be tolerated

 A lot of factors can affect the price we put on a plant.  Things like size,
condition, age, if we have a lot of a particular item or only a few, if it
is a rare or very desirable plant, etc.  We also consider what it might sell
for at a nursery.  Then we price it lower than what we'd expect at the
nursery, but not too much lower.  So we fall somewhere between Nursery and
Wholesale.  I'd guess your Penstemon and Buddleia would have gone for $5-7
here and the Hellebores $6-8.  We sell one year hydrangeas for $8-9; two
year olds (in a 3 gal pot) for $15-20.  Our plain old Bleeding heart -
Dicentra spectabilis went for $8-12 last year.

You need to keep your prices reasonable to encourage buyers to hope to find
a good deal, but if they're too low, the group's integrity suffers and you
look like nothing more than a flea market and then it becomes harder to
raise prices once that mindset takes hold.  Not too high either or they'll
go elsewhere.  It can be tricky, but I don't see the point in just
practically givng good items away.  Why do they go through all the effort of
putting on a plant sale and then waste their efforts by pricing so low?

Even in my own home driveway garage sale, I would have charged double what
you said they did, and believe me, they would have been snatched up.  And if
not, then I'd take them to the MG sale and they would charge a higher price.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Daryl" <pulis@mindspring.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, April 18, 2004 3:27 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Great day... I guess

> Sorry, I should have expressed myself better.
> I'm just sick that 2 year old, multi-crowned gallons of 'Husker's Red'
> for $2., as did Buddleia 'Dartmoor', and Hellebores. ( Same age).
> I've been fighting with the group to at least charge wholesale prices for
> years. This is absolutely the last time I bring plants for the sale. Last
> year I threatened to take back the 3 gallon fastigiate willows and
> Hydrangeas that they wanted to price at $3. This year, I had to work, so
> dropped off the plants a day ahead. I though the issue was resolved, or I
> never would have brought them to the sale.  I'm so mad I could spit.
> Daryl
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Saturday, April 17, 2004 9:48 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Great day... I guess
> > > How are y'all  pricing
> > > your quarts and gallon perennials?
> > Daryl,
> > Do you mean how do you attach the price or what prices are we charging?
> > Since most of our plants are divisions donated by members, 2 gallon pots
> of
> > the same plant might not look as good and are not priced the same.  And
> > excellent lloking pots of different plants might go for different prices
> if
> > one were more in demand, or we had less of one than the other.  It's an
> > sort of thing.
> > We have a colored price chart and use colored tags to designate the most
> > common prices.  Like an orange tag might be $3, a red $4, a blue $5.
> > higher priced items for which we have no color, we use white and write
> > price on it.  The cashiers collect the color and white tags from the
> > add them up and keeep them.  The name of the plant is on a cut piece of
> > blind.
> > These colored tags are 6 inches long and come on a roll of 1000
> > for about $18.  Since they're used over and over, the investment doesn't
> > amount to much.
> >
> > Kitty
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