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  1. Re: Top mount Sundance II Pollen Trap Question

    How to tell if a Sundance Pollen Trap is genuine:

    1. Compare to pictures. Both the Kelley and Betterbee catalogs have excellent pictures.
    2. Look for instructions that we prepare. We put them...
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    Re: On-time package delivery for 2014?

    I agree with Burns375. The "best" supplier around here is charging $110 a package, up from $98 last year, because of the producer $10 increase. That same supplier is charging $170 for an excellent...
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    Re: Market For Cut Comb?

    We have very strong markets for comb honey. Most popular are chunk honey (cut comb in a jar surrounded by liquid honey) and Ross Rounds. Least popular is cut comb, but we easily sell more than 100...
  4. Re: Been lurking a while, might as well say hello another from western MA

    Welcome from 'almost' Eastern NY.

    Ron
  5. Thread: Top entrances

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    Re: Top entrances

    Well...I also used to be a NYS bee inspector, more than 40 years ago, I use top entrances extensively, and never wear gloves and seldom long sleeves, and do not often get stung. I think they are the...
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    Re: 12 frame dadant hive

    I had some in the 60's and 70's. At that time Western Bee Supply had them in stock. Are you sure they no longer have them? I'd be mildly surprised if not, as there were thousands of these in the...
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    Re: NE Ohio Newcomber

    You are in great territory, with several very reputable beekeeping supply houses nearby, and lots of experienced beekeepers nearby as well.

    Be certain to attend the Conference in Wooster the first...
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    Re: What kind of drums to buy?

    Well, Mark has an opinion, as he does on most subjects and it makes no difference whether he has any expertise. He basically said 'I don't have any idea, ask someone else'. What a great benefit to...
  9. Thread: Betterbee

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    Re: Betterbee

    I shared the feeling that the business going to hell was very unfortunate; especially as I knew Bob Stevens reasonably well. And I also moved on. But based on the changes mentioned here decided to...
  10. Thread: Betterbee

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    Betterbee

    I hear that there is new management. Can anyone confirm? If so, how do they seem to be doing?
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    Re: Betterbee not selling packages anymore.

    I am also with Mike Palmer on this one. Not only does Betterbee no longer deal with Bee Culture, Wilbanks and Jones (their long-time supplier of woodenware) but they also no longer deal with Ross...
  12. Thread: Betterbee

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    Re: Beware of Betterbee

    When world-class suppliers such as Root, Maxant, Swienty, and Ross Rounds will no longer do business with a distributor of bee equipment it is past time to move on. Arrogance is never a good policy,...
  13. Re: WARNING: Honey extractor - Betterbee vs. Brushy Mountain

    It continues to amaze me that anyone would buy from Betterbee for any reason. Does no one read their reports in the heading Consumer Reports? Surely, Justin deserves only the recognition for...
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    Re: Bee-O-Pac System

    Piece of junk.
  15. Thread: Betterbee

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    Re: Betterbee

    $20 to ship maybe a pound to MA? The actual UPS maximum charge to ship 1 pound to a residence in MA is $7.94. That is a markup of $12 for Betterbee! If there is fraud, that is where it is!

    They...
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    Re: recent experience at Betterbee

    brac: "I have to pay the return shipping until they decide to write me a credit"

    Are you sure they will stay in business that long?
  17. Thread: Honey price

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    Re: Honey price

    I know folks who are based in the Northeast but winter in Florida. I sometimes buy honey from them in barrels. I was just offered barrels of pepperbush for $1.30 a pound and barrels of Palmetto for...
  18. Thread: Betterbee

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    Betterbee

    I live near Utica NY, so have purchased from Betterbee for many years. Working with Bob Stevens, the deceased owner, was a pleasure. His son seems to be in charge now, but his former wife is listed...
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    As old and as cynical as I am, I am amazed at the...

    As old and as cynical as I am, I am amazed at the following statement by kbee "My club was asked to supply our membership list to the state without any clear reasons why. The club declined to give...
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    I don't often send in comments, but the NYS...

    I don't often send in comments, but the NYS Inspection guys, especially the top two (Mungari and Cappy) are absolutely outrageous. Mungari is the type one never turns his back on. It is obvious the...
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    It seems the opening questions are loaded to...

    It seems the opening questions are loaded to produce answers that the questioner deems acceptable. Why else ask if we want an inspector who has 20 years of experience or a rank beginner?

    So,...
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    "So, yes you are right on some assumptions and...

    "So, yes you are right on some assumptions and when I get finished labeling tomorrows orders, I'll try to address your points as best I can."

    Now, this is coming from someone home sucking off the...
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    [ January 15, 2006, 02:51 PM: Message edited by:...

    [ January 15, 2006, 02:51 PM: Message edited by: olddrone ]
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    "One who is not may kill queens during...

    "One who is not may kill queens during inspections, do faulty testing, steal your equipment, gain an unfair advantage in business competition, waste your time by not showing up for inspections..."
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    As a NYS beekeeper, I just have to add my 2 cents...

    As a NYS beekeeper, I just have to add my 2 cents worth.

    I look at inspection programs such as those in Maine, PA, and Florida with great envy. They seem real big on education and help to...
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