Re: Smaller mass merchant selling beekeeping equipment
We have a large local hardware and building supply store that is in the city and markets towards affluent folk. Since beekeeping has become the in thing they now carry bee supplies but have absolutely no bee knowledge.
The big thing around here is having 1-2 hives in your back yard. A couple of ladies are making a living by putting a hive in people's yards for 500$ per hive. They check the bees occasionally and the renters can watch. In return the renter gets 2lb of honey at the end of the season! Amazing how many of folks go for this.
Janne....first hives April 2013, 19 hives, treat, plant zone 8b, at sea level, latitude 49.13, longitude 123.06