>Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Let the buyers beware.
>Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2004 12:50:39 -0400 (EDT)
Thanks, Elizabeth, but the main seller who offers these 'rare'/misidentified plants has put me on his 'off list' for obvious reasons!
Again, LET THE BUYER BEWARE!
>eBay does allow you to send emails to a seller. Just go to the individual
>listing and click on Ask seller a question. Checking the seller's feedback
>is a good practice, but isn't foolproof.
>On Mon, 26 Jul 2004 09:31:15 +0000, "Julius Boos" wrote:
>Just a note to friends on this list who patronize the 'auction' sites on
>the web to purchase plants, let the buyer beware!
> Recently there have been some offerings of aroids that are in reality not
>what they are advertized to be, seemingly deliberately misidentified
>species, and plants advertised as being 'exceedingly rare', etc. that are
>in fact readily available from many sources at 1/4 the starting price put
>on them on these sites. That is not to say that there are some good and
>rare offerings of seeds and some rare collected plants that are being
>offered, my warning is about those others, I guess 'know your source' would
>be a good way to put it. If anyone has doubts about a pending or a
>purchase being considered, I guess you can ask about the quality on this
>and other lists, maybe you will save yourself a lot of wasted $$.
>I have tried to contact these sites directly (with assistance other friends
>on these lists) to inform them of this form of what I percieve as a fraud,
>but the sites do not allow comment from anyone who does or has not bought
>plants or items from these sites. Amazing!