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    High priced carnivorous plants

    Any vendor out there willing to sell high priced carnivorous plants at a lower price to drive the industry price down? It'd be nice if this market gets some fierce competition driving average price down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ps3isawesome View Post
    Any vendor out there willing to sell high priced carnivorous plants at a lower price to drive the industry price down? It'd be nice if this market gets some fierce competition driving average price down.
    Start a commercial tissue culture lab and you can be the industry savior.

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    any idea what the total industry sales was for the past several years? I'm interested in collecting more information about this industry. I graduate next semester and will have several projects involving analysis of existing business models and building actual business plans. Who knows, what will happen considering I live near a bunch of venture capitalist firms. I mean one of the reason why I went to business school is to eventually start my own business. I'd much rather be involved with something I love and am actually a member of the community I serve.
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    Ok.


    I realize you're working on a business degree at the moment, but I'm not sure how you'd expect people to know this. To my knowledge, there are no analysts following the CP "industry," and as it is a global hobby that likely has less reported sales than not, I would assume that a ballpark figure would be very difficult to come up with accurately. Let's just say, the people who rely on these plants as their sole source of income are just getting by, with perhaps one or two exceptional cases.

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    Ya, that was my assumption too. I'll prob ask for an interview from the local nurseries and start from some general research and exploratory data analysis. There is a local one that's pretty successful.

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    I think the real issue is that the people with the high $$ plants simply do not wish to sell them. If you have the $$ to buy/trade for those plants in the first place it is equally likely you don't need the funds. Once these plants get out in the market the prices tend to tank unless they are hard/slow to grow.

    Packing and shipping plants is not as easy as many think. Anything less than $25-50 a plant is really not worth my time to pack/ship.

    I just don't see a CP nursery as a real money maker, a hobby that pays for itself sure. Back when Utric. graminifolia was in high demand I sold off enough of it to expand my grow area massively. In the process I tanked the market.

    The Ceph market is currently getting tanked unless they are special.

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    The problem with your idea is that most of the businesses that sell CPs are not making that much of a profit off of each plant by the time it sells from what I've heard. Most of the plants CP vendors sell are imported from places such as BE, EP, or MT. If you look at their wholesale prices they're paying what maybe $10 a plant on average. They also have to pay for shipping costs, the different soil mixes for potting up the plants when they arrive, the pots they go in, the water to water them, the heating unit/ac unit to cool and heat their grow space, fertilizer, electricity for lights, etc. The price per plant goes way up. While in school the current research said that when selling plants retail, to guarantee you make a profit you should take the wholesale price and multiply by 8 and thats the price the consumer should pay. Granted thats to give you a minimum of 200% return. All the nurseries I order from are completely reasonable on their pricing especially considering the rarity of most of the plants they're selling. Asking them to lower their prices is like asking them to give up making a profit and to just break even so that their customers can pay less, no sane business owner would ever consider such a thing.

    On another note, I tanked the Nepenthes 'Rokko' market by doing a massive giveaway of cuttings where I just asked people to pay the cost of shipping and now I have 15 plants that I'm trying sell and I can't find a buyer (not trying to advertise selling my plants just making a point).
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