So APPARENTLY, multitudes of people have gotten some sort of memo that these bees are "worth something", and that honey is "worth something".
They somehow think they are doing you a favor by GIVING you these bees - that they somehow don't need to pay anything for you to suit-up (and sweat butt off), spend gas money, tear down walls and repair them, the time spent, the angry bees coming at you while laying on your back under a mobile home, etc, and so-forth. And - oh yes - often times I have to go back to these places to retrieve the hive at night to make sure all the bees follow the queen inside. The gas and time start racking up !!!!!
For one thing, those bees have to be taken somewhere and given time to repair their own colony before you can ever think about selling them to someone, and that's IF they don't get stricken by small hive beetles while in a semi-weak stage. The honey isn't worth that much and has to be processed.
Today I told this lady I was coming back in the morning to get the SECOND colony under her mobile home that I am doing for $150.00. She had already twisted my arm to do it for that cheap when the original agreement was just for one colony (which I've already done and haven't gotten paid). So when I reminded her today that she'll be owing a measly $150.00, she chimes in with some sort of SCHPIEL about how bees and honey are "worth something", and that she had "thought about it" because she's had time to (she's retired). I was about to tell her to keep the money AND the 2nd set of bees under her home when she reluctantly agreed to pay me when I'm done with the 2nd colony tomorrow.
But often times I'll warn people up front that it could be upwards of 2-to-3-to-4-to-5 hundred dollars - DEPENDING on the circumstances. Most people, when you tell them that, do not want to use your services, and that's fine by me. This is only a hobby for me right now.