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This is a discussion on Your most expensive orchid? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I too would have to concur. I would be hesitant to toss around a "stingy"/"cheap" ...

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    I too would have to concur. I would be hesitant to toss around a "stingy"/"cheap" tag with regards to other peoples' spending, Bitepourrie. If you are blessed with an overabundance of cash, congratulations. But it is extremely presumptuous on your part to assume others have the same economic standing. As others have pointed out, many -- perhaps most -- of us have budgets that we must adhere to. In keeping with that, some of us also have other things we would like to have or do -- such as travel. Money allocated for other interests must come from somewhere and that generally means from budget money set aside for other interests like orchids. Spending beyond our means would be totally irresponsible on our part.

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    Bravo, Pavel. Couldn't have said it better myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    I too would have to concur. I would be hesitant to toss around a "stingy"/"cheap" tag with regards to other peoples' spending, Bitepourrie. If you are blessed with an overabundance of cash, congratulations. But it is extremely presumptuous on your part to assume others have the same economic standing. As others have pointed out, many -- perhaps most -- of us have budgets that we must adhere to. In keeping with that, some of us also have other things we would like to have or do -- such as travel. Money allocated for other interests must come from somewhere and that generally means from budget money set aside for other interests like orchids. Spending beyond our means would be totally irresponsible on our part.
    I couldn't agree more! I have spent $35 to $40 for orchids but that is rare. I have found that I can usually get what I want by waiting and looking. Once the novelty of a new plant has worn off the prices fall as is true with most items---computers, big screen tv's and most other things. I have found when bidding on an auction plant that if I enter my highest bid and forget about the auction I usually end up getting what I want at the price I am willing to pay. If not that week then the next or the next. I really get amused at the bidding wars that go on over a plant that is worth $10.00 and ends up selling for $50, $60 or more. I must confess that I used to be that way having to have the newest and latest first and not caring what it cost. Then I would get ticked off when others got the same items for far less money by waiting till the nolvelty wore off . It is wonderful when maturity sets in and we start accepting the lessons it teaches us. Would I spend mega bucks for an orchid? Most likely I would briefly consider it if it was one I THOUGHT I just had to have and it was a rare and superior plant. Before buying that plant hopefully I would consider the 3 or 4 vacations I take each year. Would buying the plant keep me from going to all my favorite islands and countries again or visiting the places I have yet to see. Would buying the plant keep me from meeting new people, seeing orchids growing in their native habitats and learning more about this wonderful planet and it's inhabitants? If so then forget the orchid.

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    I paid $350.00 for a Laelia anceps 'San Bar Guerrero' division.

    I regularly pay 100-200 for my Laelia anceps. I collect those.

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    I would LOVE to be in the position to pay for a mega-bucks plant but that isn't about to happen unless my lotto numbers come up lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gardenguysorchids View Post
    . I have found when bidding on an auction plant that if I enter my highest bid and forget about the auction I usually end up getting what I want at the price I am willing to pay.
    So YOU are the one who keeps outbidding me! j/k Seriously, Bill, I have noticed we have many of the same Cattleyas. Bidding wars amuse me greatly. As a seller, you pray for just one bid early on because if people see someone else wants it they are much more likely to want it, too. I would much rather have no competition, as a buyer. My weakness is the package deal, but I'm starting to figure out that buying in bulk does not lead to good orchid management--at least until I'm able to build a greenhouse!

    Lately, I have not been acquiring at the same rate as the past year. I don't know if my 3-day Orchid Bender burned me out or if I am just gaining some maturity. Perhaps I am pacified by the fact that my friend is going to the Hilo Orchid Show this week armed with my shopping list and shipping address.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maria1971 View Post
    I paid $350.00 for a Laelia anceps 'San Bar Guerrero' division.

    I regularly pay 100-200 for my Laelia anceps. I collect those.
    You go, girl!

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    The mention stingy did not refer to the amount of money an orchid is worth, it refers to the amount of money you are willing to allocate to your hobby, if you have other priorities OK.I never said i could spent thousand to the orchids as i collect endemic philippine orchids who grow mostly in the ancestral mountains of my wife.I pay the people who collect them for me and climb the 30 meter high trees to find them, take a picture first with a cellphone bring the picture down to put on the computer to see what kind of species it is and if it has sidesuckers who can safely be removed without harming the motherplant.For that work i consider they are entitled to fair compensation
    here locally always expressed in kilos rice they get for it, mostly enough rice to feed themselves about one week.Most of you live in wealthy countries so i consider that if you want to enjoy the presence of a rare nice orchid in yr backyard or room you have to agree to a fair compensation of the ones who do the job to bring that flower
    within your reach.

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    Ah, that explains it! : ) The orchids I collect are commonly found for sale in greenhouses. Searching through a greenhouse for an orchid that has been grown from seed or a division is a bit different than what you have going on there. Your collection sounds very fascinating and I do hope you will share pictures of your various orchids as they bloom with information about them.
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    I put already several orchids for ID and i am gratefull to all the members who took time out to look the pictures(sometimes not that good) to help with ID , i intend to put some on the orchidbid but i am still in the dolldrums with computersystem and i havent been able to figure out how to make links, but dont worry i am on and i am determined to solve the problem

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