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Title: There's a new seller on ebay
Post by: mark smyth on January 08, 2016, 06:23:32 PM
There's a new seller on ebay - MonksilverSnowdrops. No guessing who that is  ;)
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Alan_b on January 08, 2016, 08:47:57 PM
So what has happened to Mr O Howes? 
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: mark smyth on January 08, 2016, 10:07:50 PM
'dropped out I guess
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Alan_b on January 08, 2016, 11:55:52 PM
But Joe Sharman likes to profess his own lack of access to modern technological aids such as electricity so I'm sure somebody must be helping-out with his eBay sales.  Perhaps the change of name is to reflect that Monksilver Nursery is now selling as a business rather than via an individual?     
Title: Re: There's a new seller on ebay
Post by: Maggi Young on January 09, 2016, 07:05:52 PM
A quite new seller on ebay -  Ian the Christie kind , has  one of Hagen's beautiful drops  on ebay  at the moment :
Galanthus 'Federkleid' - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291654774088?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291654774088?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: johnstephen29 on January 09, 2016, 07:35:06 PM
Just had a quick look Maggi, Ian's auction is coming along nicely, a good price has been reached already.
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: johnralphcarpenter on January 09, 2016, 07:56:23 PM
Does anyone know who ebay seller gata444 is?
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: johnralphcarpenter on January 09, 2016, 07:58:43 PM
And who is queen-beez?
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Maggi Young on January 09, 2016, 08:06:27 PM
Don't know about those - but Mark Smyth had a list of respectable sellers  the other day - here are a few...
North Green aka erifis88
Andy Byfield aka bitarla
Blacksmiths Cottage Nursery
Cornovium
Engelsdropje
Ian Christie aka sgtmajor47
wheelieneily
wirralwave
ombersleyplants
Beth Chatto
Matt Bishop
farmhouse5000
Anne Wright is   DRYADZNY
 groman4444 is Melvyn Jope

there will be some more you can trust-  it would be helpful if they were added  here ... the GOOD  ones!  There are some selling  that are new names for old trouble - caveat emptor  ! 


Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: johnralphcarpenter on January 09, 2016, 08:17:12 PM
It would be very useful to have a list of the ebay seller names of reputable sellers - as you say, there's a lot of fraudsters out there. I wouldn't buy on ebay unless I knew who the seller was.
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Maggi Young on January 09, 2016, 08:25:54 PM
Yes, a positive  list is  good - negative reports  cause  too much grief all round - some of the shysters get very ratty!
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Lewis Potter on January 09, 2016, 08:49:48 PM
Some will list something which they don't even have. Just to get a bit of money. Very very sneaky.
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: johnstephen29 on January 09, 2016, 09:24:43 PM
Maggi, Ralph and Lewis I can vouch for wheelieneily, I bought a galanthus three ships plant off him the week and it arrived the other day. It arrived well wrapped and in a cardboard tube and was a good size plant. I would definitely order from him again.
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: johnralphcarpenter on January 10, 2016, 12:12:28 AM
But is it definitely ` Three Ships`?
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Blonde Ingrid on January 10, 2016, 07:26:29 AM
And who is queen-beez?

My AT tells me that this seller has changed their name on Ebay, not necessarily dodgy but:

User ID              Effective Date      End Date
queen-beez      19-Nov-12      Present
greentipsnowdrop   14-Apr-10      19-Nov-12
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Alan_b on January 10, 2016, 08:53:22 AM
But is it definitely ` Three Ships`?

The thing to be very very wary about is buying a plant that is out of flower and which will not flower for a long time.  Fraudsters exploit the fact that eBay only offers redress for mis-sold items if they are identified as such within a limited time period.  I think it is worth stating this again for the benefit of newcomers.

'Three Ships' is an example of G. plicatus that might well have finished flowering by now; mine started flowering early in December.  But it would be hard to find another such, even unnamed, so the balance of probability would be in favour of its being genuine. And wheelieneily is held to be a respectable seller. 
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: johnstephen29 on January 10, 2016, 09:46:19 AM
Exactly Alan, I only buy plants off eBay from people I bought off before and trust, I also bought the same variety from Veronica Munson who also sells on eBay and I couldn't be happier with the plant I recieved. I'll take a photo later so you can see them.
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: David Nicholson on January 10, 2016, 09:59:29 AM
I've never bought anything from ebay and I never will but isn't it a major problem (from a buyers perspective) that sellers cloak themselves in anonymity. One has to wonder if it is to make it easier to refute responsibility? 
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Alan_b on January 10, 2016, 10:26:28 AM
Well, speaking as a private individual who very occasionally sells a snowdrop or two on eBay, I don't want people turning-up on my doorstep unless they are invited, so I would like to keep my address private.  I don't mind revealing my address to the buyer if I make a sale but I don't want it known to all and sundry.

Now speaking as an occasional buyer on eBay, I agree that the lack of transparency, particularly about whether one is buying from an private individual or a business, is problematic and sometimes puts me off making a purchase.
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: johnstephen29 on January 10, 2016, 10:40:30 AM
At the end of the day it all comes down to trust doesn't it, you have to hope the the seller is honest and not going to rob you blind. My own experience with eBay has been good, I have only had one problem and I got a refund the next day.
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Graeme on January 10, 2016, 10:58:00 AM
I buy virtually everything off e-bay - its about half an hour to our nearest hardware shop - so I am building some cupboards at the moment and have ordered all the hinges and fittings - saves me time.
Only ever had one issue with one seller from America - paypal refunded the monies
Did buy quite a few plants a couple a years ago off someone who obvoiusly was an alpine gardener - the plants were superb
You just have to be careful with ebay

I have bought items from all over the world without much of a problem - you just have to wait sometimes for delivery - I collect Satsuki Azalea year books from Japan - but I only buy them when the $ is poor against the pound.

Most recent aquisition from china is good fun - if you like making your own herbal tea's - saves making a pot
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mr-Tea-Infuser-Loose-Tea-Leaf-Strainer-Filter-Diffuser-Herbal-Spice-Colander-HOT-/221866470061?hash=item33a845aaad:g:01AAAOSwjVVV39MZ (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mr-Tea-Infuser-Loose-Tea-Leaf-Strainer-Filter-Diffuser-Herbal-Spice-Colander-HOT-/221866470061?hash=item33a845aaad:g:01AAAOSwjVVV39MZ)
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: SusanH on January 10, 2016, 11:13:31 AM
I have recently purchased Cedrics Prolific from gata444 - contained 3 lovely bulbs in very healthy condition and arrived well packaged.  He/she has 100% feedback and has been trading for years - so I have no qui so about buying from them. I have also purchased from joss supplies from Northern Scotland, dorasnowdrops and wheelynelly - all good suppliers.  I am a bit sceptic about a Galanthus Trumpdy Dumpty which is on at the moment!!!!!
SusanH
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: art600 on January 10, 2016, 12:24:01 PM
Susan

I think gata444's postage charges are excessive
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Alan_b on January 10, 2016, 01:55:37 PM
I am a bit sceptic about a Galanthus Trumpdy Dumpty which is on at the moment!!!!!

I think the seller has almost certainly invented the name 'Trumpdy Dumpty" themselves but they are at liberty to do that.  And they could well be correct that it is a seedling from Trym and another unidentified snowdrop.  The photo on eBay is so over-exposed it strikes me as genuine.  So the two questions that remain are:
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: emma T on January 10, 2016, 03:21:11 PM
My AT tells me that this seller has changed their name on Ebay, not necessarily dodgy but:

User ID              Effective Date      End Date
queen-beez      19-Nov-12      Present
greentipsnowdrop   14-Apr-10      19-Nov-12

I can vouch for queen beez as they are my cousin :)
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: David Nicholson on January 10, 2016, 03:30:35 PM
I assume that HMRC won't treat income accrued from ebay sales as unearned income?
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: johnralphcarpenter on January 10, 2016, 03:53:22 PM
So that's why they hide behind a pseudonym? I have a LOT of experience of fraud and fraudsters (in a professional capacity, I should add), and lack of transparency is a key indicator. But maybe it's the taxman they are defrauding rather than the buyer? Genuine rare 'drops but undeclared income? Either way, whether it is conmen selling common G. nivalis as rare varieties or people selling genuine rare 'drops but avoiding tax, I do not approve.
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Maggi Young on January 10, 2016, 04:58:50 PM
I suspect - and hope - that HMRC are pretty good at  sniffing out the  tax fraudsters.  That's not my  worry - my worry is for those  stealing others' photos to sell plants they don't have and flogging plants that are not true to name.

If we can gather a list here of people who have been found to be  genuine  ( and  this means delivering a bulb which is true to name - not just a healthy 'drop which is not as named -  as has sometimes been the case in the past!)

Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Graeme on January 10, 2016, 05:14:45 PM
I assume that HMRC won't treat income accrued from ebay sales as unearned income?
I have a friend who does a lot of trading on e-bay and it seems that that the tax man starts to get interested once you have sold about £4.5K
This is why a lot of people will use multiple id's
From the e-mails I saw that he received ebay and HMRC seem to exchange information
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: johnstephen29 on January 10, 2016, 06:01:51 PM
Hi Alan this is the two galanthus three ships plant photo as promised. I hope you can still tell what they are, the flowers have nearly gone over since I last looked at them.



Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Maggi Young on January 10, 2016, 07:35:34 PM
 Can anyone  reveal who "yamatutai "  might be?
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Hagen Engelmann on January 10, 2016, 07:48:43 PM
it is Uwe Stiebritz, a German nursery man near Jena.
Good quality and fai conditions I think.

Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Maggi Young on January 10, 2016, 08:55:34 PM
Thank you, Hagen!
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Lewis Potter on January 10, 2016, 09:29:15 PM
Bought from Peninsula Primulas (primulaexpert on ebay) twice before. They very very good. Arrived quickly, plants are bareroot looked very healthy. Plants flowered nonstop through spring. One to add to the good list.
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Tristan_He on January 10, 2016, 10:46:41 PM
I've bought loads via eBay and have only had problems on a couple of occasions - no worse than through any other means. Moreover, with Paypal you can get a refund easily enough. It's important to read the descriptions carefully though, and buy only from sellers that have good feedback. Just bought three snowdrops tonight as it happens, so hopefully these will be fine as well!

I did once buy 30 Galanthus sold as 'Magnet' from a lady who was selling them for £4.99 or something. I didn't really believe they would be Magnet but thought I would take a punt. Turned out they were straight nivalis. I'm afraid I don't know her id, this was 4-5 years ago. Moral: if it looks too good to be true, it probably is! Otherwise have bought 20+ snowdrops over the years and not had a single problem.
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Alan_b on January 10, 2016, 10:56:57 PM
I assume that HMRC won't treat income accrued from ebay sales as unearned income?

I don't know about "unearned" but see http://www.ebay.co.uk/gds/When-does-eBay-selling-become-taxable-/10000000004494855/g.html (http://www.ebay.co.uk/gds/When-does-eBay-selling-become-taxable-/10000000004494855/g.html) for guidance on the UK tax treatment of eBay sales.  I would have thought that anyone who regularly sells snowdrops on eBay should expect to be treated as if they were a business and taxed on their profits.  But if you are a hobbyist and use any income from eBay sales to buy more snowdrops then there are no profits. 
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Derryclare on January 11, 2016, 02:44:12 PM
Re Arthur's comments about gata444's P & P charges, might it be because posting involves quite a trek - we've only a 5 mile round trip to a Post Office but friends in a Leicestershire village have 14 miles to go each time; it does add to the cost.
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Chris Johnson on January 11, 2016, 02:48:25 PM
Re Arthur's comments about gata444's P & P charges, might it be because posting involves quite a trek - we've only a 5 mile round trip to a Post Office but friends in a Leicestershire village have 14 miles to go each time; it does add to the cost.

We take a packed lunch when visiting the post office.  :o
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Tristan_He on January 13, 2016, 08:32:40 PM
These arrived today from adlinkpen. Good plants very thoroughly wrapped: 'Madelaine', 'Sentinel' and 'Lapwing'.

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Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Alan_b on January 14, 2016, 11:06:23 AM
I see 'Trumpdy Dumpty' (which could be 'Trumps' in an over-exposed picture as far as I can tell) is up to £56 on eBay.  Some of the people all of the time?  Good name, though.
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Maggi Young on January 14, 2016, 11:50:50 AM
Quality flower from reliable seller  ( Paul of Edulis Nursery)  here :
 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Galanthus-nivalis-Timber-Wolf-1-x-flowering-size-bulb-/201499898459?hash=item2eea54725b%3Ag%3AQuYAAOSwKtlWkO8Y (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Galanthus-nivalis-Timber-Wolf-1-x-flowering-size-bulb-/201499898459?hash=item2eea54725b%3Ag%3AQuYAAOSwKtlWkO8Y) 
 - something for the lovers of greeny  'drops -  "Timber Wolf"
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: colineddie1 on January 14, 2016, 10:22:30 PM
I have bought from wheelieneily and the plants are correct and very good plants so I am deffo vouching for them - there are some great sellers on ebay

New sellers that dont ring a bell with me are
Paulramonda - currently listing Cliff Curtis
tinykitty24 - listing Green Arrow

Maggi, Ralph and Lewis I can vouch for wheelieneily, I bought a galanthus three ships plant off him the week and it arrived the other day. It arrived well wrapped and in a cardboard tube and was a good size plant. I would definitely order from him again.
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: colineddie1 on January 14, 2016, 10:28:44 PM
HMRC have taken quite an interest in the last year or so on sellers on Ebay as they do not in a lot of cases realise that they have to declare their income - they look at what that person is selling and then decide on whether they would deem it fair for the trader to be classed as a business - eg if a username sold 100 different snowdrops they would class this as a business but if that same seller sold 10 snowdrops, a table and chairs, a tv, general bits n pieces they would not bother

I assume that HMRC won't treat income accrued from ebay sales as unearned income?
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Maggi Young on January 14, 2016, 10:31:10 PM
Paulramonda - currently listing Cliff Curtis - thisis Paul of Edulis Nursery - forum name here  here as " uvularia"

 Perfectly respectable!
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Maggi Young on January 14, 2016, 10:35:21 PM
tinykitty24 - listing Green Arrow

 No idea who this is - but a strange assortment of photos that look like they've been lifted from various places
 :-\ :-X 
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Alan_b on January 14, 2016, 11:36:45 PM
if a username sold 100 different snowdrops they would class this as a business but if that same seller sold 10 snowdrops, a table and chairs, a tv, general bits n pieces they would not bother

I don't think it's a question of not bothering; if you sell something as a private individual, the money you make is not taxable as income.  Certain assets may be liable to capital gains tax if you make enough of a profit but I don't think that applies to bulbs as they have a limited lifespan.  But if you spend a lot of time and energy selling a lot of stuff then that activity might well be classed as a business.  If so, any profits made would be taxable.     
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Josh Nelson on January 15, 2016, 12:09:43 AM
Quality flower from reliable seller  ( Paul of Edulis Nursery)  here :
 [url]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Galanthus-nivalis-Timber-Wolf-1-x-flowering-size-bulb-/201499898459?hash=item2eea54725b%3Ag%3AQuYAAOSwKtlWkO8Y[/url] ([url]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Galanthus-nivalis-Timber-Wolf-1-x-flowering-size-bulb-/201499898459?hash=item2eea54725b%3Ag%3AQuYAAOSwKtlWkO8Y[/url]) 
 - something for the lovers of greeny  'drops -  "Timber Wolf"
I see Paul Barney's Timber Wolf went for £161 - beyond my pocket but looks a nice virescent nivalis; North Green's Prague Spring looks reasonably similar (although I do not have it) and nearer my price range at least
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Alan_b on January 15, 2016, 08:37:43 AM
And the amusingly-named (but badly photographed) 'Trumpdy Dumpty' sold for £82.  Blow me down.  No signs of galanthomania ending this year!
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: colineddie1 on January 25, 2016, 11:27:42 PM
I think the seller has almost certainly invented the name 'Trumpdy Dumpty" themselves but they are at liberty to do that.  And they could well be correct that it is a seedling from Trym and another unidentified snowdrop.  The photo on eBay is so over-exposed it strikes me as genuine.  So the two questions that remain are:
  • Is it really different from other existing snowdrops?
  • Does it have any merit?

Is it just me or are there quite a few drops on ebay at the moment that I certainly have never heard of before - yes there is another Trumpdy Dumpty but there are several others
Galanthus 'whittali'
Galanthus 'Shrubbery Special'
Galanthus Henry broughton
Galanthus.'Brandling'
Very Rare Galanthus X "Heads Above Water"

Got to admit I am so tempted at a few of those above, some of from sellers that I trust but I am cautious because others are from sellers I have not seen before - I know everyone has to start somewhere though - any thoughts and guidance very gratefully accepted
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Alan_b on January 26, 2016, 12:23:52 AM
eBay seller Edwardhutchin-0 likes to make up names for his snowdrops and sell them on eBay.  He (?) is responsible for 'Trumpdy Dumpty', 'Heads Above Water' and some others.  There is nothing wrong with this per se but with the quality of his photos it is hard to know what you are getting so you might easily be disappointed.

Wheelieniely, selling 'Shrubbery Special', is by all accounts a respectable seller but I have never heard of this one.

Broughton is the surname of the family that donated Anglesey Abbey to the National Trust.  'Henry Broughton' is a real snowdrop but the picture on eBay has been lifted from this web site http://www.gapphotos.com/featuredetails.asp?featureref=16 (http://www.gapphotos.com/featuredetails.asp?featureref=16) and that is always a danger signal.

'Whittallii' was a known cultivar (captial W, double l & i).  It now seems to have morphed into one of the 'Edward Whittall Group'.  Unknown seller, photograph poor.

The eBay text for 'Brandling' seems to be self-explanatory.


it was nice to meet you on Saturday, colineddie1.         
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: steve owen on January 26, 2016, 02:38:40 PM
Colin
In case it helps you, Whittalii has been in gardens for many years, one of the strongest-growing and tallest of the snowdrops. And cheap to buy. To use the old phrase "a good do-er". So quite a contrast with many of the current highly-priced newcomers that no-one has seen actually growing. I do still buy a few of the newcomers sight unseen but when I do its from suppliers whose description I trust - and they can be counted pretty much on the fingers of one and a half hands.
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: steve owen on January 26, 2016, 02:51:54 PM
Shrubbery Special was in the North Green Snowdrops list a couple of years ago, originating from a Norfolk garden of a well-known gardener - my ageing info retrieval system = memory won't provide me with his name.
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Brian Ellis on January 26, 2016, 03:34:54 PM
Shrubbery Special was in the North Green Snowdrops list a couple of years ago, originating from a Norfolk garden of a well-known gardener - my ageing info retrieval system = memory won't provide me with his name.

Steve it was a seedling found in Rod and Jane Leeds garden in Suffolk, not Norfolk.
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: colineddie1 on January 26, 2016, 10:16:19 PM
eBay seller Edwardhutchin-0 likes to make up names for his snowdrops and sell them on eBay.  He (?) is responsible for 'Trumpdy Dumpty', 'Heads Above Water' and some others.  There is nothing wrong with this per se but with the quality of his photos it is hard to know what you are getting so you might easily be disappointed.

Wheelieniely, selling 'Shrubbery Special', is by all accounts a respectable seller but I have never heard of this one.

Broughton is the surname of the family that donated Anglesey Abbey to the National Trust.  'Henry Broughton' is a real snowdrop but the picture on eBay has been lifted from this web site [url]http://www.gapphotos.com/featuredetails.asp?featureref=16[/url] ([url]http://www.gapphotos.com/featuredetails.asp?featureref=16[/url]) and that is always a danger signal.

'Whittallii' was a known cultivar (captial W, double l & i).  It now seems to have morphed into one of the 'Edward Whittall Group'.  Unknown seller, photograph poor.

The eBay text for 'Brandling' seems to be self-explanatory.


it was nice to meet you on Saturday, colineddie1.       


It was lovely to meet you also on Saturday - I was also trying to get to Brian and Chas but bonus was yourself and Emma, I already knew Blonde Ingrid and her AT from previous years - lol

Thank you for the above information - when you are only learning everything looks amazing and pretty and I have fallen foul of buying drops (not cheap) and then discovering that they are difficult to grow (nearly did it this time but a lovely Dutch gentleman said it was a really difficult drop to grow so I didn't get it)
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: colineddie1 on January 26, 2016, 10:18:45 PM
Colin
In case it helps you, Whittalii has been in gardens for many years, one of the strongest-growing and tallest of the snowdrops. And cheap to buy. To use the old phrase "a good do-er". So quite a contrast with many of the current highly-priced newcomers that no-one has seen actually growing. I do still buy a few of the newcomers sight unseen but when I do its from suppliers whose description I trust - and they can be counted pretty much on the fingers of one and a half hands.

This one might be worth a look at then as I am sort of trying to stick to good do-ers (says she who has bought an Anglesey Orange Tip at Myddleton - will I ever learn!) - Thank you Steve for the above information.
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: steve owen on January 27, 2016, 08:06:04 AM
Steve it was a seedling found in Rod and Jane Leeds garden in Suffolk, not Norfolk.
Yes thanks Brian, couldn't summon up their name. I has Shrubbery Special and carelessly lost it. But I'm not paying Ebay prices to replace it.
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Tristan_He on January 27, 2016, 09:37:43 PM
Anyone out there bought from numptyrobert? (based in Edinburgh apparently). Any good?
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Alan_b on January 29, 2016, 07:44:46 AM
I've had a personal message from a European collector who appears to use eBay a lot and wishes to recommend seller 'numptyrobert'.  He mentions four snowdrops he has bought from this seller.   
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: uvularia on January 29, 2016, 07:59:00 AM
I see Paul Barney's Timber Wolf went for £161 - beyond my pocket but looks a nice virescent nivalis; North Green's Prague Spring looks reasonably similar (although I do not have it) and nearer my price range at least

It is in its first year of offering. Hopefully we will have some a reasonable prices next year. It is a good grower and bulks up nicely.
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: SusanH on January 29, 2016, 03:40:23 PM
I purchased Sir Herbert Maxwell from "numptyrobert" and had excellent service.
Yesterday I received Hippolyta bulbs from "firecrystal02" - these bulbs were stunning plus I got 3 extra bulbs included in the price. I have bought a few more bulbs from this seller in the past year. I would highly recommend this seller.
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Tristan_He on January 29, 2016, 06:40:55 PM
Thanks Alan and Susan!
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: SusanH on January 29, 2016, 07:13:46 PM
I got a "buy it now" of 15 Hippolyta from firecrystal02 for £20 - was delighted to open box and find 18 very large and healthy bulbs.  All potted up in the greenhouse waiting for the gales and rain to subside!!!!
Worth a buy if you are looking for an instant display - would thoroughly recommend.
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: colineddie1 on January 29, 2016, 10:05:15 PM
Firecrystal is a good seller - bought from her some from the composer series a couple of years ago.


Title: There's a new seller on ebay
Post by: Maggi Young on January 30, 2016, 06:18:37 PM
Another new seller on Ebay - this  one  is the real deal!

http://www.ebay.de/itm/Galanthus-nivalis-DAS-GELBE-VOM-EI-/191794680904?hash=item2ca7da9448:g:v1MAAOSwnLdWq6s~ (http://www.ebay.de/itm/Galanthus-nivalis-DAS-GELBE-VOM-EI-/191794680904?hash=item2ca7da9448:g:v1MAAOSwnLdWq6s~)
Title: Re: There's a new seller on ebay
Post by: David Nicholson on January 30, 2016, 06:57:49 PM
Another new seller on Ebay - this  one  is the real deal!

How do we know that Maggi?
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Maggi Young on January 30, 2016, 07:04:16 PM
How do we know that Maggi?
Because I know who he is !  Famous forumist galanthophile and  raiser of quality 'drops  - it's Hagen 
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: David Nicholson on January 30, 2016, 07:07:32 PM
Ah, now I see, thanks.
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: freddyvl on February 01, 2016, 01:19:51 PM
Another two beauties on Ebay from the reputable forumnist and breeder Hagen Engelmann (planthill54). Both are nivalis and flower rather at the end of the snowdropseason.
Many will probably say ‘at last’ ! They are offered for the first time and many will be pleased that it happens finally. ‘The way is open now’ what means that they will be more obtainable in the future for several of us. Let’s hope !

‘Wellenspiel ‘ (‘Play of the Waves’) has distinct wavy edges as most important characteristic, a ‘3D snowdrop’ !

  http://www.ebay.de/itm/Galanthus-nivalis-WELLENSPIEL-/191795846779?hash=item2ca7ec5e7b:g:1WkAAOSw5dNWrk6j (http://www.ebay.de/itm/Galanthus-nivalis-WELLENSPIEL-/191795846779?hash=item2ca7ec5e7b:g:1WkAAOSw5dNWrk6j)

‘Till Sonnenschein’ (‘Till Sunshine’), a Angelina-type,  has a special and typical ‘fluo’-yellow green mark on the outers which is difficult  to capture in a picture, a truly ‘glowing’ snowdrop in the flesh. Yellowish green  marks on the outers (full sunshine) are an effective contrast to the deep green marks at the base of the inners and the blue green leaves, a ‘3green colored snowdrop’ !

http://www.ebay.de/itm/Galanthus-nivalis-TILL-SONNENSCHEIN-/191795845289?hash=item2ca7ec58a9:g:xu8AAOSwpzdWrk34 (http://www.ebay.de/itm/Galanthus-nivalis-TILL-SONNENSCHEIN-/191795845289?hash=item2ca7ec58a9:g:xu8AAOSwpzdWrk34)

Pictures: Hagen Engelmann
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Alan_b on February 01, 2016, 02:04:48 PM
I met and shook hands with eBay seller 'wheelieneily' on Saturday.  He was a gentleman called Neil who explained that he sells off his surplus stock to fund further snowdrop purchases and builds-up this stock by natural division rather than chipping or twin-scaling.
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: johnstephen29 on February 01, 2016, 05:55:23 PM
He told me he was going to a few of the shows so he could introduce himself, he seems a genuine sort of bloke, I certainly have no qualms about buying from him again.
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Martina Kopsieker on February 01, 2016, 06:08:47 PM
I met and shook hands with eBay seller 'wheelieneily' on Saturday.  He was a gentleman called Neil who explained that he sells off his surplus stock to fund further snowdrop purchases and builds-up this stock by natural division rather than chipping or twin-scaling.
Neil is a very reliable seller on Ebay.
He sells bulbs with high quality. I bought some from him last year and was very pleased.
Also firecrystal02 is a very good seller. I bought bulbs from her for some years now and I was never disappointed.
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: art600 on February 05, 2016, 02:22:06 PM
Absolutely delighted with my purchases from 'firecrystal02' on EBay.

Some were in the green and some in pots.  The potted ones were ingeniously packed and arrived in excellent condition.

Hope she has further plants.
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: SusanH on February 05, 2016, 03:57:22 PM
I have bought several Galanthus from firecrystal02 in the past and he/she has always supplied excellent goods.
Would thoroughly recommend.
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: freddyvl on February 05, 2016, 07:45:49 PM
Galanthus nivalis ‘Schmalhans im Grünen’ on Ebay

http://www.ebay.de/itm/Galanthus-nivalis-SCHMALHANS-IM-GRUNEN/191799286203?_trksid=p2045573.c100034.m2102&_trkparms=aid%3D555012%26algo%3DPW.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D20140107091039%26meid%3Dd654b72ae7504124a446cad9061cbc47%26pid%3D100034%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D8%26sd%3D191794680904 (http://www.ebay.de/itm/Galanthus-nivalis-SCHMALHANS-IM-GRUNEN/191799286203?_trksid=p2045573.c100034.m2102&_trkparms=aid%3D555012%26algo%3DPW.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D20140107091039%26meid%3Dd654b72ae7504124a446cad9061cbc47%26pid%3D100034%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D8%26sd%3D191794680904)

‘Schmalhans im Grünen’ refers to a German turn of phrase ‘Bei ihm ist Schmalhans Küchenmeister‘, freely translated into English ‘By him is thin Hans head chef’. It means: he is short of cash, there should even be saved on the food; referring to a thin cook who hasn’t enough food  for himself (a cook should be well fed, thus being fat).
The flowerbuds of the snowdrops look a little bit ‘thin/slender’ while the open flowers look more ‘fat/thick’. The general view is that of a green snowdrop whereby  both the skirt, as well as the outer petals have additional green markings. All in all this nivalis is a good doer which increases well.
(Pictures: Hagen Engelmann)
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: chasw on February 05, 2016, 08:05:40 PM
But do I read it correctly,no shipping to the U.K. ??
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Maggi Young on February 05, 2016, 08:10:06 PM
But do I read it correctly,no shipping to the U.K. ??

That's a mistake, Chas - Hagen made a  mistake with the listing  and  he hasn't yet worked out how to change it. It was the first question I asked him when he started listing!    Yes, he will ship to UK .   
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: chasw on February 05, 2016, 08:27:07 PM
 :) :) :)
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Brian Ellis on February 05, 2016, 10:07:55 PM
I really like ‘Schmalhans im Grünen’, it's increasing steadily and is a lovely 'drop.
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: MR GRUMPY on February 06, 2016, 08:10:09 AM
I really like ‘Schmalhans im Grünen’, it's increasing steadily and is a lovely 'drop.
Good to here that it grows well too Brian .
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: freddyvl on February 15, 2016, 03:59:07 PM
Galanthus ‘Schorbuser Lampion’ is a plicatus-gracilis hybrid with a well-chosen name.

Schorbus
Schorbus is a hamlet of Drebkau near Cottbus in the federal state Brandenburg, Germany, home of the finder.

Lampion
The beautiful globular outers with the long claws  look like a lampion while the green coloured marking on the inners turn from green to a warm yellow orange. All this stands in nicely contrast with the green ovary. Interesting is the fact that the claw elongates as the flower develops so that the inner shade of colour even can be seen when the flower is closed.
 
http://www.ebay.de/itm/Galanthus-Hyb-SCHORBUSER-LAMPION-/191806393592?hash=item2ca88d4cf8:g:P6UAAOSw~OVWwN4R (http://www.ebay.de/itm/Galanthus-Hyb-SCHORBUSER-LAMPION-/191806393592?hash=item2ca88d4cf8:g:P6UAAOSw~OVWwN4R)

Pictures: Hagen Engelmann
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Rick Goodenough on February 18, 2016, 03:22:26 AM
Hagen's G. 'Schorbuser Lampion' is quite an amazing introduction. I will be watching this one. What great fun. Rick
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: Josh Nelson on February 18, 2016, 11:02:15 PM
Hagen's G. 'Schorbuser Lampion' is quite an amazing introduction. I will be watching this one. What great fun. Rick
indeed - a fantastic colour combo (and I always like those with gracilis in the genes); would like it to get together with this plicatus of mine with interesting coloured inners!
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: chasw on February 20, 2016, 05:20:27 PM
Oh and now there is me

cwhight ( ebay user name) ;)
Title: Re: There's new seller on ebay
Post by: johnstephen29 on February 20, 2016, 08:39:11 PM
Hi chas I've put you onto my list to follow, I like the nivalis blonde Inge you have for sale.
Title: Re: There's a new seller on ebay
Post by: Cephalotus on February 24, 2019, 09:32:17 PM
Hi to all,
I decided to put one of mine for the first time in my life for sale. My nickname is: cephalanthera1
I placed a unique form of Galanthus nivalis, which I will soon describe and officially name: 'Forest Muse'.

It has yellowish outer petals. The inners are yellow, but when the flower develops they are still green. After it opens they are turning into pure yellow. It does not matter if the plant is disturbed or settled down. Both features will appear.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Galanthus-nivalis-Forest-Muse/283394350407?hash=item41fb9e9d47:g:uuMAAOSw32lccvtU:rk:1:pf:1 (https://www.ebay.com/itm/Galanthus-nivalis-Forest-Muse/283394350407?hash=item41fb9e9d47:g:uuMAAOSw32lccvtU:rk:1:pf:1)

Here are two photos:
Title: Re: There's a new seller on ebay
Post by: Maggi Young on February 25, 2019, 11:21:24 AM
Hi Chris - exciting news for the collectors of rarities.  Good luck for a  successful sale!
Title: Re: There's a new seller on ebay
Post by: Alan_b on February 25, 2019, 04:50:19 PM
I am pleased (for Chris) to see that the bid price has increased about tenfold since I looked yesterday.
Title: Re: There's a new seller on ebay
Post by: Maggi Young on March 03, 2019, 01:11:57 PM
Hi to all,
I decided to put one of mine for the first time in my life for sale. My nickname is: cephalanthera1
I placed a unique form of Galanthus nivalis, which I will soon describe and officially name: 'Forest Muse'.

It has yellowish outer petals. The inners are yellow, but when the flower develops they are still green. After it opens they are turning into pure yellow. It does not matter if the plant is disturbed or settled down. Both features will appear.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Galanthus-nivalis-Forest-Muse/283394350407?hash=item41fb9e9d47:g:uuMAAOSw32lccvtU:rk:1:pf:1 (https://www.ebay.com/itm/Galanthus-nivalis-Forest-Muse/283394350407?hash=item41fb9e9d47:g:uuMAAOSw32lccvtU:rk:1:pf:1)

Here are two photos:

   This  auction finishes tonight at 8:50PM UK time 
Title: Re: There's a new seller on ebay
Post by: Maggi Young on March 04, 2019, 11:14:42 AM
Congratulations, Chris - I see  'Forest Muse' has  gone for a  high price £347.63 -  congratulations also to the  buyer !

Title: Re: There's a new seller on ebay
Post by: Blonde Ingrid on March 04, 2019, 11:53:32 AM
Congratulations, Chris - I see  'Forest Muse' has  gone for a  high price £347.63 -  congratulations also to the  buyer !

Echoed Chris & Maggs, that result verged very close to breaking into the Top 20 snowdrop prices!  ;D ;D ;D

Nice job!
Title: Re: There's a new seller on ebay
Post by: Alan_b on March 04, 2019, 12:40:23 PM
Hmm, I can just hear Alan Freeman (or currently Scott Mills, I believe) doing a chart rundown.

Cue music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bY85ET2gXGQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bY85ET2gXGQ)

"and bubbling under at No. 22 we have "Forest Muse" from Cephalotus"