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Re: Off-Topic ebay question

  • Subject: Re: Off-Topic ebay question
  • From: Zanezirklejr@aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2012 21:35:03 -0500 (EST)

I seen that rose too, as well as the names that don't go with the particular plant. Report those listings to ebay.
In a message dated 2/22/2012 11:52:01 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, hermine@endangeredspecies.com writes:
At 09:26 PM 2/21/2012, you wrote:
I wanted to ask this group a somewhat OT question because there are lots
of heavy eBay users here.  I discovered this seller
( http://stores.ebay.com/7servant7/) who has so very many questionable,
if not outright fraudulent listings. (See the rainbow rose seeds as an
example of the worst offense, item 160733406329).

I share your pain. the problem with that ROSE is she says the growers inject dye into the stems, so anyone with an IQ approaching body temperature KNOWS this is not a real normal flower but one which has been manipulated. as for the photoshop colours, I dunno. what caused my shortz to burst into flame was seed of MOSO BAMBOO, since I am a BAMBOO DEITY and really, I have not heard of MOSO flowering in the USA EVER EVER. this does not mean it could not have happened, but growing bamboo from seed is a dicey proposition and also when a specific species of bamboo flowers it nearly always (and there are some exceptions of which MOSO is NOT one of them)....anyway, that species flowers and dies and is replaced by its seedlings. this flowering is WORLDWIDE. the bamboo people keep watch on bamboo for flowering the way geologists watch the San Andreas fault.

Now when Big Herm sees something wonky in the Sansevieria word on the Bay of E, she writes to the seller and says, you are making a big mistake, the name is wrong, I wrote THE BAMBOO BOOK and I am telling you this is a wrong name and you should not be selling this plant under this name and also it is worth about $15.00 and not $250.

I have no idea if this has been effective. some sellers have written back and suggested to what location I should go. Others HAVE corrected names.

as I work through her lists, I see she is offering seeds of maple cultivars which do not come true from seed, they are propagated as grafts.

this is annoying
Japanese Bonsai Seeds "Black Pine- P. Mikawa"
since you only get a bonsai like this after years of doing what bonsai growers do, a subject on which many thick books have been written, and in which I have taken classes at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, an amazing repository of "living national treasure" bonsai given by the Japanese government to that facility.

I notice she gets 99.6% positive feedback. I know a goniff who gets 100% feedback. I have no explanation for this.

Now we all remember those Burpee and other seed catalogs which came in the mail with their hyper colour gravure illustrations, so hyping the colour is nothing new.

I feel that as a life goal, shutting this seller down is unworthy of your efforts.
HOWEVER by telling everyone on your plant lists about her and asking them to spread the word and never buying anything....frankly I do not see how she makes any money, she is clearly reselling seed purchased from others. the nightmare of packing numbers of seeds and getting them to the post office must be HORRIBLE!

It would be nice to find her real name and google her.

I occasionally look at Sansevierias when I think it is time for me to have a cranial bleed. I see variegated plants in which the variegation is chemically induced and all kinds of made up fanciful names. and they are now being grown in the pacific rim and names are proliferating like fleas.


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