People asking for Chile seeds
I posted on another forum what I am hoping will sprout for me this season-grow list.
I put that the list wasn't a trade list so don't ask in the first sentance of my post...
Since then I have gotten way too many people (from this and that forum) googling around for free seeds,basically nothing to trade and a lot want a ton of seeds or a lot of varieties of anything from rare stuff to common seeds.
I love to spread the heat but on my own terms.
When I see a post about someone looking for seeds for whatever chile variety that I have a lot of I either send them an E Mail for a trade and usually do a S.A.S.B.E. or sometimes ignore the post.
Very few people have stuff I don't already have,in general.
I've been getting a lot of requests for commercial volumes of seeds FOR FREE these days-someone asked for seeds to grow 40 acres of peppers,offered a couple stamps and a baggie for seeds.
Even said they wanted me to set them up for making sales of peppers and sauce.
My opinion is if you can't afford seeds for a commercial venture you can't afford to grow the plants-ferts. etc.
When I tell people I don't like people googling for free seeds from me I get responces that I'm not cool-to put it mildly.
I did over 1000-1500 SASBE offers last spring.
I contribute seeds to several round robins without participating.
I am not obligated to send anyone seeds just because I grow a lot of varieties per year (1 plant per variety that I grow).
I also get some of the people I gave SASBE offers to in the past wanting me to send them seeds for anything i am growing for seasons after I helped them out before-expecting a sasbe.
Not all are from this site but a lot are.
I had to stop posting at some of the other pepper sites I visit because everytime I post a picture I get flooded with requests for stuff that took me years to find seeds for and grow sucessfully.
Basically I'm starting to regret my passion for spreading the heat at times and am thinking about not doing any more SASBE offers,which I like doing.
It's getting to the point that it's making my love of chiles and spreading the heat not as enjoyable anymore.
I don't know why some of these people are biting the hand that feeds them but it's getting too common these days.
Especially with the demand for super hots and insanely hot hot sauces with the seeds going for $1.00+ for some varieties.
A couple guys I trade with are seeing their seeds being grown out and sold (and made into expensive powders and sauces)by some people that got free seeds from them claiming they were new to pepper growing and read about that variety and wanted to grow them at home or whatever.
I'm just wondering if others are getting the same thing,there are people here that can easily beat my pepper collection and yearly grow.
I guess I'm tired of guys googling a pepper variety,finding a site I posted on about that variety,then joining the site so they can ask for free seeds for stuff I worked hard on getting in the first place.
I'm not a seed supplier or an expert on growing chiles.
I love spreading the heat but don't like being expected to give away seeds because someone is too cheep to buy the seeds they want for their commercial venture.
Between personal stuff going on and a really bad season last year,it's really getting to me right now with all the guys demanding that I sasbe them seeds after they googled a specific variety.
I don't sell seeds because growing chiles is my hobby.
Selling seeds would ruin my enjoyment of what I love to do.
I just deleated 15 or so seed requests/sasbe requests from the several sites I visit.
Some were from posts I did years ago.
Since I only hang out here I think it is the place for people that I'm posting about to read this.
I only grow non bell peppers and nothing else.
I guess since I've been getting so many Demands rather than requests for SASBE's I'm blowing off steam here.
I've met a lot of really cool people here and value the info I've read and hope I've helped a few Chile Impared people along the way.