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This is a discussion on Selling a collection? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Just curious to see if any of you have dealt with selling your orchid collection. ...
Just curious to see if any of you have dealt with selling your orchid collection. I am facing the possibility and a nursery near me is interested in my plants. How does one go about setting a price on plants that are for resale? How does one deal with the nausea that accompanies such a situation? I feel a little queasy just posting this.
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As far as setting prices is concerned, I suggest you search the internet for the same plants, see what they are being sold for, then cut that in half. Then consider the size and condition of yours in relation to those, and adjust further.
I have purchased collections a few times, and the offer often comes down to "$xxx for the whole lot...".
I would say that if you have any very special (monetarily or sentimental) plants that you can't keep, give or sell the plant or a divisions to a few people you feel you can trust. They can safeguard it for you and sell you a piece if/when you can again have orchids. I am lucky to know a guy who has a small orchid business and he is keeping a division of my favorite c. Maxima in case anything happens to mine. When I am able to divide my eldorado, I will give him a piece of that as well. The "price" in this agreement is just keeping the plant in case my piece dies. Anyway, I don't know if you want to break some of it up, but you could get some higher prices on some individuals if you go that way.
I keep wishing my nursery would call and say someone wants to sell their collection so I could go by and have a major buying binge. If you lived closer I would beg to come over and go shopping. lol You might find a ton of prices on that auction website...not sure if I can say the name. Maybe you could put a few of the nice ones on here?? Or a list and if someone wanted one they could have you list it?? *shrug Just a thought
One of the workers at our local orchid nursery here in Colorado is planning to return to her native Hawaii in about 1.5 years. She has over 300 orchids she intends to sell off. I am lucky to be in the loop to know when it happens.
Most likely your collection is more valuable to you than to someone else. That is basically true with anything one collects unless it gold or jewels and even those prices rise and fall. The value of a collection of anything is always greater to the owner. With orchids, unless they are quite rare or are large awarded specimen plants, the actual value may be very little. I keep a list of my orchids and what I have paid for them. If I decide to sell or trade one I look up the price paid and go from there. You may also want to contact your local orchid society. They could be of great help with this. Just remember it is better to find a good home for beloved plants than to risk selling them to someone who is only out to make a profit off them. Good Luck, my friend. I hope in the end you don't have to sell them.