I asked Centonze if I could spend a day with him to find out how it works.
“Making auctions finish then, as well as in the evening, means that those at work can bid during the vital last few minutes. After supper, I add new listings.
- Marco Centonze’s eBay user name is Sylvester1982
“I did once have a man complain that 25 chilli seeds weren’t enough, and that they’d done nothing for his curry. I sent him some more and suggested he tried planting them. But most people are charming. I swap recipes with one man – his South American chilli con carne in exchange for my grandmother’s tomato sauce. And there’s a lady who, every time she buys something, writes to me with tales from her garden and tips on how to grow organically. I always write back.”
Buying and selling seeds, plugs and plants on eBay is becoming an increasingly lucrative hoppy. Harriot Lane Fox asks a keen amateur trader for his tips on how to make money on the net
Traders on eBay do have to be professional, and be prepared to offer a refund if seeds don’t germinate. And it’s worth taking trouble with packaging. “Each of my little ziploc bags is labelled with a colour photograph and is sent with detailed but simple instructions,” he says.
“There’s no way you could set up a business like this in the regular way without spending a fortune,” he says. “With eBay, you can do things at your own pace. All you have to do is register.”
Preparing a plant for posting takes Centonze half an hour. “You stake it, compact the rootball and wrap it so that it doesn’t move around in the cardboard box. Aid-Pack (0800 542 4428; www.aid-pack.co.uk) will supply these in small quantities. The plastic plug-plant packaging is a trade secret because I spent so long sourcing it.
“Most of the seeds I sell are in short supply and some are very rare. Every day I spend a couple of hours in the greenhouse, experimenting with new varieties and test-germinating batches of seeds before sending them out.”
Buying and selling seeds, plugs and plants on eBay is becoming an increasingly lucrative hoppy. Harriot Lane Fox asks a keen amateur trader for his tips on how to make money on the net.
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I would avoid him even though he had a lot of variety advertised at one time.
(I am VERY slow to forgive someone deliberately tricking or taking advantage of me.)
“Water Spinach” = Ipomoea aquatica (semi-aquatic sub-tropical crop, invasive in warm-wet climates)
“Water Morning Glory” = “Water Convolvulus” = “Swamp Cabbage” = “Chinese Spinach”
Indonesia: “kangkung” or Kang Kong
Mandarin: “kong syin tsai” (hollow heart vegetable)
Twice, from the same vendor, a few years apart (but he was not part of eBay, so this may not be a directly relevant answer. I do know many people who love eBay.)
The first time, I got the seeds – great, considering that they are barred from import to the USA because they would be invasive in southern FL.
Probably, if you know the SPECIFIC vendor you are buying from, they could be great. But just because they spout some charming popular rhetoric doesn’t mean that they BELIEVE it, or that they aren’t glib crooks.
>> Has anyone bought seeds off of sites like ebay?
My experience with him, eBay and “etsy” (that name may be wrong) convinced me to stick with “real” vendors whose business plans include SATISFIED customers. It seemed to me that eBay was set up EXACTLY for cheating vendors like him, and for customers who don’t want any recourse if they buy from a lying thief. YMMV, and a lot of people do disagree with me about eBay.
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Thread in the Ask a Question forum forum by RenaeC: Has anyone bought seeds off of sites like ebay? Have they grown for you?