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Snowdrop sells on Ebay for £1850



  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,036
    edited 21 February
    Just because the bids went that high doesn't mean the seller will ever see the money. But it would be interesting to see if 8***8 pays up. I hope so. Bids started at 99p.

    Monksilver is a specialist UK snowdrop nursery. Lots of nurseries (and various shops) have a shop front on Ebay too - to reach a wider audience.

    Galanthophlia does seem to grip people, a bit like tulip fever in the 17th C.. Someone paid $2500 for one snowdrop bub in 2015.

    I guess some people with money spend their dosh on dogs or motorbikes or trips to Thailand and others long for a bulb.

  • UffUff SW Scotland but born in DerbyshirePosts: 1,701
    Phew, that's eye watering. I know someone who will pay a lot of money per bulb but wouldn't go as far as that. I get the impression that collecting becomes an obsession. 
  • didywdidyw East SuffolkPosts: 1,723
    I know Joe Sharman from Monksilver.  He is a snowdrop specialist and expert and told me he does well on ebay.  He will be pleased with this!  I bought some snowdrops from him recently - but mine were £10 for a pot of 3.  He also grows other perennials so people in my area will know him from plant fairs.
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze South NottsPosts: 1,168
    My main concern would be will it reappear next year. Guess it could also cross with other forms.
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,036
    edited 21 February
    I should think the snowdrop obsessive who bought the bulb will be cossetting it in unicorn hair and watering it with angels' tears. They've probably written a book on snowdrop propagation.
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,449
    Fire said:
    But it would be interesting to see if 8***8 pays up.
    No idea what that means.
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,036
    edited 21 February
    @Papi Jo  Ebay hide the full user name of those that bid, and use ****  to blackout certain digits, for privacy. The bid history on this bulb sale shows that user 8***8 won the auction yesterday. When auctioning on Ebay you are obliged to pay for what you have won and honour the agreement, but sometimes people pull out or bottle it. A buyer with a long history on Ebay (over 500-1000 purchases) are less likely to bail. Similarly, sellers with over 1000 sales and a 100% satisfaction rating are less likely to mess buyers about.

  • That's quite cheap compared to some of the houseplants that have sold on there over the last few years. 
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 4,453
    Extraordinary. I have to admit, I like snowdrops well enough, but really don't understand Galanthophilia at all. None of the expensive fancy snowdrops look better than the common version, to me.
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,096
    I'd also go for lots of common ones rather than single plants of special ones, but it's a hobby for some, so good luck to them if they have that sort of money to spend.
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