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Re: 'Tattoo' sale (maybe?)


>Many times I have felt cheated because the hosta have gone for very 
>cheap prices.

When you put something up for auction you are probably getting closer 
to what a plant is really worth compared to what you think it is 
worth.  In the daylily world novice hybridizers think their new 
introductions are worth $100 just because they are new introductions. 
Most of them are barely worth a fraction of that price.  A lot of 
hostas do sell for big bucks because of low supply and the plants are 
being sold within a group of people who specialize in hostas who are 
willing to pay the high price.  

There is a difference between a hobbyist business and a real business. 
A hobbyist business can set a high price and if they don't get the 
price its no big deal.  However, when you are in the nursery business 
and that is what you make your living on, then you have to look at 
pricing completely different.  Yes, there are times when you may feel 
cheated, but there are also times when you find customers flush with 
cash.  In the end it all averages out.  I just recently sold some Gold 
Standard and So Sweet for 25 and 50 cents and it didn't bother me at 
all - the So Sweet just because I wanted to get rid of it and the Gold 
Standard because I have them coming out of my ears.  However, these 
were also very small plants/liners and I know the customer will be 
coming back next year and hopefully I'll sell him higher priced 

Joe Halinar

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