there are a few people who put up pictures along with their auctions of plants that are not the ones advertised. there was one seller selling what they said was a "huge" dracunculus vulgaris tuber. the real tuber was 2 inches across and they had pictures of A. konjac up. you have to love that!
>From: "Harry Witmore" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Reply-To: Discussion of aroids <email@example.com>
>To: "'Discussion of aroids'" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: RE: [Aroid-l] Mini rant
>Date: Wed, 3 Nov 2004 17:52:42 -0500
>I agree with Michael on this. If you are selling anything anywhere,
>marketing is one of the aspects and we all know that marketing is not always
>based on the absolute truth. So, I don't see any problem using the word rare
>for something as long as the picture is not deceiving. I have purchased many
>things from many people on Ebay and it's pretty easy to tell those that are
>trying to sell and be honest and those that are not. So, I think if you have
>issues with what folks do on eBay you have an up hill battle and selling
>Aroids is a pretty small part of the problem.
>I imagine that some of the tubers we sale here as rare are eaten as food
>elsewhere so where do you draw the line. Leave it up to each buyer to make
>up his or her mind as to what is rare to them.
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>On Behalf Of RAYMOMATTLA@cs.com
>Sent: Tuesday, November 02, 2004 8:28 PM
>Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Mini rant
>A plant that grows an unusually large, sometimes grotesque, sometimes
>phallic, most times very beautiful inflorescence....with a solitary umbrella
>like leaf that can get as tall or taller than a man.....that is by most
>people's standards bizarre. Seems like adding bizarre or rare in front of a
>rather uncommon, unusual or out of the norm plant's name is a marketing
>technique that works rather well and doesnt fool anyone. As long as the
>plant being marketed is the plant you get I dont see a problem with it.
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