Re: How does a beekeeper, currently treating on LC, move to a SC treatment free progr
Solomon, I think you are being realistic and will increase price as the value of your product is proven.
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As for a fair price. I ahve been offered a 5 frame deep nuc for $125. I also have gathered the information that causes me to think a frame of bees is worth $20. so 5 frames is $100. the seller is supplying the nuc and I consider that worth at least $25. You are offering more, to certain people, than just a nuc full of frames. I woudl not be included in your prospective customers as I do not put a premium on small cell or treatment free. But many do. I believe you should add at least a small increase just for that fact alone. Maybe $150 to $175. increase to the $200 plus price as your reputation develops. My opinion about small cell and treatment free is it is just another method of watching bees die. But that is me. It is hardly true that everyone agrees with that opinion so the market is real. Best of luck in filling that nitch.
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