Re: Best way to swap out junk??
You do not mention price paid for the colonies. did you pay for equipment? or did you get a price that only reflects the cost of bees.
I am in the process of selling a few hives. only two or three. All of my equipemtn is brand new and built for me to have used in my own apiary. no cutting corners or cheap material to jsut make a box good enough for bees to be gotten home. My price reflects that. In other words my customers are paying more for the equipment than they are for the bees. Why? because quite frankly the bee population for the ones I am offering for sale are generally weak. I should say I take into consider population of the hive in my price. Even with that I have the bees priced low. and I know it. the price of the equipment is set and I will not budge. My apiary is not old enough to have bad equipment though.
Having said that I will also say that when I sell hives. including woodenware. I select the worst I have to sell. This is becasue if I don't all I end up with is the worst. That is not sustainable. But my price would reflect the value of the equipment also. bad boxes? I then need strong colonies to justify the price. New equipment will tend to be filled with weaker colonies in order to price it competitively and still make a deal I can live with. In all it comes down to toal value. if the equipment is useless the price should reflect that.
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