>From: "Mitch ." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Let the buyers beware.
>Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2004 23:42:27 -0400
Obviously there are some GREAT deals and VERY honest dealers on auction sites, I know many. Some Amorphophallus sps., seeds, etc. are available nowhere else, go for them. The 'buyer beware' posting was a caution against OBVIOUS (to most of us) rip-off artists, a caution to the new-comers to look more closely, and in a manner of speaking to "sort the wheat from the chaff" as it were. For those who fail to do so, learn to like the taste of chaff is all I say.
The auction at Fairchild where over $1,000.00 was paid for a Philodendron can NOT be compared to what I am discussing, as the Philo. sps. in question belongs to a species which exists in the wild consisting of a population of less than ten plants, and maybe twenty or so plants (most from cuttings from three plants collected in the 70`s). The proceeds from this auction also go as support to the IAS, the group that helps support ( I think!) this web site.
To contact a seller on the site I mentioned is not possible unless you register on that site as a customer, this I choose NOT to do, I do not work w/ auction houses, this is my choice.
Good luck all! For those who pay big bucks and end up with a Syngonium podophyllum or Epipremnum pinnatum, or a common Anthurium sp. from K-Mart instead of a 'rare Philodendron', take heart---all of these are rare in Alaska or Russia.
>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!