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Re: [aroid-l] Let the buyers beware.

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Let the buyers beware.
  • From: "Mitch ." <iamwhatiam52@hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2004 23:42:27 -0400

Yes. Buyer beware. But be open minded.
Having bought dozens of plants on ebay, my experiences have been sometimes worse, but often better than with commercial nurseries. Having sold hundreds of plants on eBay, my opinion on the prices being paid is admittedly biased, but the supposedly high prices sometimes paid are usually for plants of a variety or SIZE not available elsewhere. Also, as many amateurs are starting to sell, prices are coming way down. You simply cannot get an Amo corm bigger than a walnut for love or money from a commercial nursery, but softball sized corms for common types can now be had at auction for not much more than the walnuts. And who is to say what a fair price is for a real monster, like the size of a bowling ball? Why don't the nurseries sell five or ten pound corms?

There is no substitute for a good, reliable professional nursery, and you are going out on a limb when you buy at auction or from any new source. But why not go out on a limb?

That's where the fruit is!


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