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Re: Great day... I guess

I don't think they planned to snag them for themselves, since they don't buy
many. They just seem to have the idea that we should sell all of the plants
at bargain basement prices. I think it cheapens the MGs, as well as the

I'll use your figures for ammunition. Thanks.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, April 18, 2004 10:26 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] 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
> here.
>  A lot of factors can affect the price we put on a plant.  Things like
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> not, then I'd take them to the MG sale and they would charge a higher
> Kitty

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