Saturday, November 17, 2012

What should plants cost on e-Bay?

Streptocarpus 'Wow' bought on e-Bay
Story # 73

      What should plants cost on e-Bay?

      I’ve been a buyer on e-Bay but not a seller so I only know one side of this auction system.

      The internet has allowed this pure form of free enterprise.  Plants are shown and anyone is free to bid.  The plants that I watch are Streptocarpus or Sinningias.  Potentially there could be thousands of buyers.  In reality there rarely are more that 2 or 3 people bidding on any particular Gesneriad.  There are probably not more that 10- 15 sellers.

      As a buyer you are never sure how many plants are available or when you might see a rare one again. My observation is that the e-Bay system has allowed new or rare Sinningias to be distributed more quickly than any other way.

      My impression of auctions is that plants are always sold for more than they’re worth.

      Saying that is ridiculous, of course, because the winning bid is exactly what the plant is worth.

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