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Re: shopping


Gene,
I knew it was bad, but don't have the numbers that you (unfortunately) do. I
didn't realize credit cards were jumping too, but you can't do business
without them.  When I ordered trade gallons the other day, I noticed they'd
gone up a penny to 18 cents, but it is still a good deal for us since we
can't buy them in the 1000s like a regular nursery can.

Kitty
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Gene Bush" <genebush@otherside.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2005 6:26 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] shopping


> Hello Kitty, Betsy
>     Containers and trays, etc have gone up something like 3 times since
the
> first of the year. The medium I use was bought out by another company and
> costs have gone up on that as well. There is now a sur charge on
delivery...
> and a larger minimum dollar amount on deliveries to my nursery. Steel has
> jumped about 40 % since January.
>     Credit cards now take another percent to process and they were already
> bleeding us while reducing all services.
>     Postal service says they will be upping costs of mailing next year.
>  Our water from the town is getting ready to go through the roof...
already
> bad enough. It is the sewer charges. System is old and they now want to
> rebuild...
>     Have not figured out where we go from here on costs for next season.
>     Mumble, mumble tottensukensuch........
>     Gene E. Bush
> Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
> www.munchkinnursery.com
> genebush@munchkinnursery.com
> Zone 6/5  Southern Indiana
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> >I read in a trade mag that medium costs have escalated too.
> > Kitty
> > From: "Betsy Kelson" <bkelson@ix.netcom.com>
> >> I don't really know. All of my growers are local and family owned so
> > freight
> >> is not an issue. Heating costs along with the price of resin for those
> >> plastic containers caused and increased the cost about 5-7%.
> >> Fortuanately,
> >> our garden center buys so much, that the growers ate the increase to
keep
> >> our business in most cases. Also, the market accepts it. Some folks
> > complain
> >> about the prices and know that they can get the basics from the BIG
BOXES
> >> but most folks are happy to pay extra because we have new and different
> >> things as well as taking good care of our plants.
> >>
> >> betsy
>
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