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Re: Breeders' Rights

  • Subject: Re: Breeders' Rights
  • From: "Ransom Lydell" <ranbl@netsync.net>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2001 00:52:37 -0400

Here, for once, I completely agree with you, which means ( for you ) you had better review the whole posting and be sure that is what you intended to say! It is the only process I can think of that protects both me and my customers. Most new Hostas I introduce, are sold in relatively small numbers, and the decrease in value is slow.
----- Original Message -----
From: Chick
Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2001 11:21 AM
Subject: Re: Breeders' Rights

There you have the problem of theory coming up against reality. Supply and demand.  One reason breeders can't make much money for their introductions is that most new hostas,  Ran is afraid that a tc lab will take his plant and produce a ton of them and make $100,000 and he won't get any of it.  That may happen, but for most hostas, it's not because the individual hosta was worth $100,000, it's what the lab did with it that was worth $100,000.  If you deny them the plant, you won't make the money, they'll still make it, they'll just use a different plant.  That means that it's what the lab is doing - growing, marketing and distributing the plants as a commodity that is worth all that money. All their work and investment is what's making the profit.  The thing for Ran to do is plan his marketing to maximize his profit and stop worrying about what someone else is going to make.  That means to control the distribution as long as is practical, price it at the point that produces the most profit, and do a good job of selling it.

I just don't see any practical way to change things, so it seems to me the best thing to do is to do the best you can with the way things are.



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