Here, for once, I completely agree with you, which
means ( for you ) you had better review the whole posting and be sure that is
what you intended to say! It is the only process I can think of that protects
both me and my customers. Most new Hostas I introduce, are sold in relatively
small numbers, and the decrease in value is slow.
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Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2001 11:21
Subject: Re: Breeders' Rights
There you have the problem of theory coming up against reality.
Supply and demand. One reason breeders can't make much money for their
introductions is that most new hostas, Ran is afraid that a tc lab will
take his plant and produce a ton of them and make $100,000 and he won't get
any of it. That may happen, but for most hostas, it's not because the
individual hosta was worth $100,000, it's what the lab did with it that was
worth $100,000. If you deny them the plant, you won't make the money,
they'll still make it, they'll just use a different plant. That means
that it's what the lab is doing - growing, marketing and distributing the
plants as a commodity that is worth all that money. All their work and
investment is what's making the profit. The thing for Ran to do is plan
his marketing to maximize his profit and stop worrying about what someone else
is going to make. That means to control the distribution as long as is
practical, price it at the point that produces the most profit, and do a good
job of selling it.
I just don't see any practical way to change things, so it seems to me the
best thing to do is to do the best you can with the way things are.