This is a LOCAL group buy, hopefully with pick-up at the Mid-Atlantic Fall Swap, but please note it is possible that bulbs may not arrive in time for the swap. So if you wouldn't be able to drop by Rick's or my place another time, don't order this year!
Rick is co-hosting, so bulbs will ship to him, and he will help me keep things organized. As many of you know, I've got a lot on my plate trying to get my in-laws settled in up here after a fast move from NC. That's why I'm late getting this going... however, I'm hopeful that we'll still get free shipping from ADR as we have in the past.
Ordering starts now and is open until July 31. Invoices will go out next month, and $ is due via PayPal before August 31 or by check the last week in August. Those who have ordered in the local group buys I've organized in the past may pay by cash or check when they pick up their bulbs. I know that "life happens," so anything comes up between your order and your payment, the most important thing is to keep me in the loop. We can usually juggle things to keep the group buy running smoothly -- but I can't adjust for circumstances if I don't know about them.
We may add some bulbs to this buy from Ednie, Brent & Becky's, ect., as we go along. If you spot a good sale, let us know! The amaryllises WILL NOT SHIP UNTIL OCTOBER, so we will need to do another "pick up party" when they come in (they could probably be held in my basement until as late as the mid-winter seed swap).
You won't be able to see prices. I can see prices when I sign in, and so can Rick. We will initially add 10% to your total to cover unsold bulbs (so we can order a box of 100 even if we've only pre-sold 90)... this is usually reduced to a couple of percent at the end to cover repacking materials. I don't make a profit from group buys.
We've had excellent bulbs at fantastic (wholesale) prices from them in the past. As always, by participating in the group buy you agree to share the risk -- I'm not a retailer, and if I pay for bulbs we don't receive or that are no good, I can't absorb the loss. If I have to pay, so do you. That said, we've never had an issue with our local group buys.
One thing we noticed last fall is that in the smaller pre-packed retail boxes from Holland, they seemed to be counting some half-sized bulbs in the total, ones that probably came from double-nosed bulbs that split during the packing process. Their wholesale prices are low enough that I don't think this is a deal breaker, but don't order if you will be upset that a couple of your bulbs are smaller than they should be.
I'll keep a running list in the next post of varieties that MIGHT be included if there's enough interest. I'll add a variety to the list if a couple of people would like it, or if one person wants to get at least half the box/bag.
Wholesale prices mean we have to purchase in wholesale quantities! We usually have to juggle numbers at the end to come out right, so please let me know if there's a range that would work for you, eg "I would like 15-25 Red Moon Monkeybulbs." or "I'd like 25 Galloping Golden Gladiolus but could take as many as 75 -- I really want these!"
Ordering in multiples of 5 makes the counting and repackaging easier, so let's do that. Amaryllises come in bags of 10, so they can be ordered individually (same with some other bulbs, like the giant alliums).
Please post orders IN THIS THREAD, not in a tree-mail or in another discussion thread. Make changes and additions IN A NEW POST, not by editing your post.
Let the games begin!