If it puts your mind to rest I am referring to several known instances in the insect hobby that occurred many years ago. You should realize I know who most of the nepenthes sellers are on ebay, and I am not accusing anyone of anything (as I have not stated directly).
And yes, I will decide who my beetles go to if that means their survival...
Like I said earlier you should think before you speak. It makes you look bad when you ( in specific) try to single someone out for comments they never said. You're trying to put words in my mouth again
Copyandpasted what Whimgrinder said in case he removes his comment:
I certainly hope you aren't insinuating this is something the merchant you singled out in the original post has done, because that particular seller is one of the most reputable, honest and genuine suppliers in the hobby. You wouldn't want to suggest he's doing anything as dishonest and underhanded as that, would you?? Because that sounds like what you're implying.
Last edited by Satanas; 10-20-2015 at 01:40 PM.
If you could read I clearly state that while the prices are ridiculous on eBay, I have a problem with the fact that anyone can purchase a live rare plant.
If you could read (again) I also state that the beetle sold on eBay was a dead insect with no further value in the breeding hobby.
Kat, the problem here is EXACTLY what you're saying. Because they have no reputation, no information, no background in the plant-growing world, you CAN'T know whether the plant you're sending out (assuming you care what happens to it) will end up dying because of neglect, or malign schemes, or whether it will be given the chance to thrive in a well-regulated, properly set up environment.
For this same reason, if you've never used a credit card or taken out a small loan or anything like that, There's almost NO way you're getting a Loan for a car or house from any bank, because they know nothing about you, and have to wonder whether you'll actually pay them back or not. It seems the OP is frustrated with the possibility that someone could be buying "Only the best for little Johnny" and 2 weeks later, little Johnny will be crying for a new one because he killed the poor thing.