A little lesson in retail sales.
No wonder used car lots are flying red and yellow flags and have streamers everywhere. People are incredible and respond in such a predictable way. I visited Andy's this week and lost my shirt but gained a dozen unusual Coelogynes. I thought I'd make up the emptiness in my pocket by selling some divisions at our monthly meeting tonight.
I took 14 plants to silent auction. In my opinion they were all of roughly equal value and I put an equal asking price on them. Half were in bloom the others were of equal size but not in bloom. Some were duplicates, eg 2 Masdies with an equal number of leaves, identical tags, one in bloom, the other not.
Every one of the plants in bloom sold, none of the ones not in bloom were taken. The Masdie in bloom was bid up while the identical non blooming plant was ignored.
Oh well, human nature is so easily influenced. Retailer know this and play on our weakness. Now I can go back to Andy's, he has 250,000 more plants I need to consider.