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    Ebayer to avoid

    Hi All,

    I just thought I would point out that Dom Gravine in the guise of his buddies addresses, and ebay and email accounts has been auctioning off alot of plants on Ebay lately. First under the name Orchidstar87 and now Borneancanableo6. Mostly he has been listing items recently received from Austrailia through a US importer. But there have also been a few items which both Sunbelle and myself have reported as plants stolen last year.

    N. trusmadiensis (large plant not tc seedling)
    N. truncata x veitchii
    As well as others!

    You will also find it interesting to note that in a number of previous auctions he has bid on his own auctions to bump up the price. And in a few cases accidently won them and had no buyer so was forced to relist them and try again.

    I would suggest you avoid this person and any dealings with him. Don't support his efforts to turn a profit.

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    How do you know they are stolen, just curious
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    I am not going to get into a big long discussion on what we know and don't know and if he is guilty or not. Suffice it to say.

    The number of people in the US with large N. trusmadiensis can be counted on one hand.. and Dom Gravine isn't one of them.
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    Ok I see, aren't there people with rivate collections no one might know about. Anyways, I hope this person gets banned or something, stealing such rare plants and all.
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    should also be noted that this seller threw some of the plants that are up for auction today, last week, with 5 days to go on the auctions he pulled them and apparently reposted them today....the exact same plants as pictured on Saturday.........

    didnt realize this was Dom and was trying to bid on a plant that isnt one of the reported stolen.....guess ill look elsewhere......
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    Thanks for the heads up. There were a couple of plants which had interested me, but, no thanks . . .
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    Yep I was looking at them too...

    Dear edaxflamma,

    im expecting for the higher plants 2-500 apiece... thanx
    good luck...
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    I will have a small x trusmadiensis soon!!!! I saw a cutting of one go for 350.00 on ebay last month! Mature Neps are worth more than thier weight in gold apparently... If I were ever to sell a plant for that much I would turn around and just put it right back into my collection so all this talk of profits and such makes me nervous because when people are only out for profits they do unethical things. Such as Dom Gravine may all his plants uproot themselves and go elsewhere such as the NASC AUCTION!

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