Re: plant smuggling solution

grenard (
Wed, 19 Apr 1995 10:38:56 -0700 (PDT)

Andreas writes that iof he could make his cultivated plants
look like wild ones he could to 4 times as much money for
them. Does this mean that wild plants sell for more than
cultivated ones?

If so, there is an interesting dichotomy in comparison to
animals. Captive bred and born animals tend to sell for more
than wild caught ones which is the reverse of the above.
This is one factor that still makes, say wild caught
snakes more attractive to buyers than captive bred ....
price. Perhaps its because breeders expect more for their labors
than collectors. Captive bred and born are worth the extra
money because, as Andreas implied with plants, they are less
apt to die and are more aculturated than a wild specimen
would be. Nor would they carry any exotic viruses or other
unseen threats with them. And if there should be a problem,
you could always turn to the breeder for help. No such
help is available from smugglers.