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Everything posted by flash4cash

  1. Wow!! Got a pic of the the finger before reattachment? I love how in the heat of the moment you though...need pics.
  2. I agree things have really dried up. 3 weeks ago I was sick of rain...now where is the rain..aye the life of a farmer. We are getting patchy regrowth on our paddocks now.
  3. @Philbee OMG. Try to find the right emoji but i could not find one.
  4. I know that is why i do not say anything to them. I just buy them direct from China myself. I was suprised at how well they were doing in terms of year on year turnover. It was down but not nearly as bad as I would have thought. I would have pick double what it was. Not helped by me so far i have brought 1 pair of new gloves this season that my total spend. Plus some Philbee Staples.
  5. When I mentioned to a certain manager about the competitors catalogue he said he had not seen it. Interesting it been out for weeks and you have not looked at your major competitions price structures...this is after they change them...no need they already know what the prices will be ?
  6. @Alastair just look at how they all market up the price of the imported pieces. Take a j hive tool. They buy them for US99c each from china and sell them for $13. How is it they all have exacatly the same margins on them all? It is classic price fixing. Same thing across most of their products.
  7. So for us that sux at maths are you saying a mated queen is worth $18.18? (10/2.2) x $4 = $18.18
  8. I do not think so i would alleged that there is price fixing going on by the 3 main supply companies. If the commerce commission investigated I say there would be some hefty fines given out.
  9. What i find interesting is the price of mated queeens and queen cells has stayed the same or gone up. So I guess that is one of the best places to make money now.
  10. Sometimes the supermarkets will put no market up on some product lines. That may be the case here.
  11. This levy should only be on manuka honey. They were the major benefactors in the last round so the should pay the good will back and fund research into other honeys. All the money raised should go on market development. We do not need to learn how to produce honey we need to learn how to sell it. .
  12. Yep Genetic and animal health is key. You would probably find the difference between the stars and the dubs are more animal health than genetic in bees. Bees have to be healthy to reach there potential.
  13. One of if my hives a double managed to smash through 3 out 4 EP silms in 3 weeks in the bottom box free range queen.
  14. Heavy duty thread is the key. One that is bee proof. As long as the staple can hold together it is ok.
  15. I signed up. Can not wait. Love cheese. Of course it would work with honey
  16. More rain. I thinking this season may extend on for pasture. Would not be suprised if the flow is on in March. Going to make for interesting for varroa treatment, may have to be later than usual.
  17. That's the key the rich in China. They are the ones buying manuka not the middle class. Selling to the wealthy is one of the sercerts to wealth creation. They are high margin and reliable through out the economic cycle. They will keep truckin.
  18. South island beekeeping seems to be alot cheaper than north island where feeding is nornal practise.
  19. Greed is a human condition...not just in bees.
  20. What about the term fake ####?
  21. Adam bosses are going to want to keep the profits...That why they employ him. If the beekeeper wants to keep the profits they will have to hire Adam themselves...or someone equally good-looking.
  22. I gave a few frames of honey away and they kindly returned me a honey and ginger drink. It was delicious. It would work as a product as it has very little honey in it and lots of water. Remember we have world class water here. Also saw a post with honey and turmeric mixed together as a super antioxidant toxic. Whack them togther (maybe other things) amd sell them in a capsule for daily consumption.
  23. @jamesc what do you mean? You have seen the light and now a proud brand owner. Honey Hunters is an awesome name now you just need a clever marketing campaign to create an emotional connection (i would suggest funny) and you will have a brand.
  24. Never happen there will always be friction unless the supply chain is owned by one party. Beekeepers were winning the game now they are losing the game. On balance who has the upper hand over time....according to Warren Buffett the owners of the brands. Which is why he only invests in brands like Coca-Cola and not in a sugar farm..and why he is the 3rd richest person on the planet.
  25. This dude is off the mark. It would take alot of real manuka to make up to the volume sold of fake manuka. All that showed that the demand was there. They will be pain. Just in non manuka honeys
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