So, What's a Really Rare Plant Worth?
- Subject: So, What's a Really Rare Plant Worth?
- From: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2007 16:42:39 -0400
There are two issues about e-Bay. The
first is fraudulent offerings. We have heard a few varieties of this. The
other is very high prices for real plants.
As most people who raise rare plants
(or animals) know, sometimes there are really rare plants that are just
not generally available. In a practical sense, this means almost any plant
that is not in commercial mass cultivation and distributed through the
usual mass outlets.
I was at an auction two weekends ago
that contained three very rare Cryptocoryne (aroids). The bidding audience
was not made up of plant people by and large. These plants were difficult
to sell at $1 apiece. How much would it take to find them for a non-specialist?
Probably at least $100 each.
What if you put one on e-Bay, labeled
correctly and in good condition and health? How much should they go for,
$1?, $100?, $1000? It all depends on the unfathomable complexity of the
marketplace. What if you had one and wanted to unload it. How much would
you let it go for? $1, $100? What if you had five dozen and wanted to let
them go? How much would you accept? $1 each? $100 each? What if you had
only one and loved it dearly? How much would it take to get you to change
your mind? $100? $1000?, more?
How would those numbers change were
you a billionaire?
My view is that an honest market should
permit transactions among willing players at whatever price is agreeable
to both parties. If a rare Sansevieria goes for $3000 when you paid $100,
so be it. If your eyebrows are raised, sell a couple and pocket the money.
If $3000 is way too high, the next transactions will prove that out. There
are no absolutes in these matters.
Of course, fraud is another thing. Just
keep the difference straight in your mind.
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