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Re: [hostapix] Wade & Gatton

From what I gathered from Van himself, it is with is blessing. He didn't seem to be upset about them doing it at all.

He isn't making the money off it the way he would with retail, however. He sells to the kids at a discount, and that way the kids aren't marking up the prices above Wade & Gattons retail price.  The kids, of course, keep the price difference to keep up the website and make a bit of money on the project.

If anyone got an earful for ordering from Wadegardens.com, I don't think it was because of Van.  This is how bad rumors get started. Whatever the reason the employee has must be about something else.  Unless Van's attitude has changed in the last month, he is all for it.

Ray Wiegand was with me, and he can verify this - unless my memory is faulted.  I sure hope I'm not wrong.


Diane, that was the impression that I got.  Apparently one of the kids has 
quite a bit of computer expertise.  I thought that it was with Van't blessing.  
But living as close as I do, if I buy something there I need the excuse to go 
there.  N.


Your explaination makes this sound like
an amicable deal but from what I was told
it was less than so.  I'm not sure if Van
has lost some control over his plants or
what the deal is but not everybody in the
deal sounded happy.


Karen B. wrote:

>Hi Diane,
>I know the two are related, but there is apparently some bad blood 
>somewhere. The employee who made the request was obviously very upset, 
>but refused to explain her reasons. Below is a message posted by someone 
>on Hostapix.
>"I got an earful the last time I called.
>Wade and Gatton is Van and Shirley.  Wade is apparently one
>of their Sons.  There is some sort of rift and ill feelings in the
>deal some how.   I asked if it was something that Van his son
>had gotten together on and.... well the response was don't ask,
>and no.  I didn't want to dig into the details.
>But if you wish to support Van and Shirley -DONT order on
>Diane wrote:
>>Actually, the employee was not quite right about the claim that you 
>>can't order W&G plants through Wadegardens.com.   I spoke directly 
>>with Van Wade about a month ago, and he mentioned that how this works 
>>is that Tom, Robin and Ethan Wade are running Wadegardens.com for 
>>online ordering. W&G sells plants directly to them for the online 
>>catalog. Technically it IS NOT the same company, but all the plant 
>>materials come directly from Wade & Gatton.
>>I know it's a bit confusing, but for Van Wade, it's a much easier and 
>>less expensive way to allow people to shop for W&G plants online 
>>instead of paying a company to put up an "official" website.
>>I hope this isn't too confusing. 
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