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How do they do it?

This is a discussion on How do they do it? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I went into my local grocery store this weekend and they were selling blooming 6" ...

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    Default How do they do it?

    I went into my local grocery store this weekend and they were selling blooming 6" Phals for $12.99. After grabing a few I started doing the math and figured they get 100% markup 6.50 the supplier get probably 100% 3.25. With all it takes to produce a 6" plant how can they sell for soo cheep?
    Just a thought

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    Actually, the supermarkets get about a 10% margin. But they get to return any unsold plants for credit. The young plants, about a year from blooming, are ususally bought from asia for say, a buck a piece plus shipping. Then the vendor spends only 6 mo to a year to finish the plant. The US grower gets a 'vendors choice' selection of plants from asia - no guarantee of names, crosses, etc.

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    Interesting facts Diane. Thanks for sharing. [/SIZE]

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