What I just read from you is interesting but sad. I agree with you about the greed and mamon of some growers propelling their interest in CPs instead of pure joy of growing the plants and spreading them to other people who share their obsession.
I have to say though I haven't encountered such a problem (at least not here in Europe). I am not talking about some european nurseries charging ungodly money for a single rarer plant. I am talking about regular individuals who I take for very helpful and unselfish people. For example I swapped my graomogolensis droseras together with affinis anglica and collinsiae for just one single adult plant of Heliamphora minor! He needed well grown heli and I wanted grao mogol sundew. If his Heli dies he gets another one for free....the same goes for me...Everybody can be a winner. No large sums of money needed. Helping each other (with exchanging plants we are craving for and also with later problems in growing process) that is a way to go and make ourselves and others happy. I dont know about US growers but the ones I know from Czech republic and Slovakia are not the way you described. (The case fo having to sign a stipulation is unbelievable!)From my experience I have to say people on this forum are great and willing to help as well! THANK YOU! I think if most of the CP growers think this way we can put greedy people out of business;-)