mary44 wrote:Thats a bad idea Brom. Message it to friends maybe but not post it here. You forget people in the U.K, with our lousy postal service, cannot make use of email or PayPal to order seeds, my list usually arrives 3 to 4 days after other peoples. I'm not saying the way it is now is fair, but the playing field needs to be even if it is changed. I know you feel quite aggrieved about this as we have spoken privately about it.
Sorry Brom but quoting only part of what I said so it appears completely out of context just so you can empathise how unfair you think the current mailing/seed distribution system is, isn't a nice thing to do, especially as we agree it could be improved upon.
I believe our bulletins are sent out 2nd class post in the U.K (I will pay more attention next time one arrives), I do not know what method is used for overseas. I assume airmail. Maybe insufficient postage was put on? You would have to ask Topsy (I can't remember her real name right now
I send out seeds to all parts of the E.U every week, I have posted seeds to Germany today, they usually arrive almost as fast by airmail as first class mail within the U.K. so I am at a loss why yours should take so long. They are certainly there 3 to 5 days after posting.You say, and now I quote you:
[/b]"I doubt if I will extend my membership in MSG.
There are several reasons for this:
unfair seed distribution system
bad quality of bulletins
the actual sources of the seeds are kept secret
there are no more seeds from Tok Schoeman
I know that most of the seeds come from Oz Lithops now, but I can buy them directly from Oz Lithops without having to pay MSG fees."
I disagree with all the other points you raise above, I have been a member for almost 20 years, my greenhouse houses quite a few elderly conophytums grown from seeds sown in 1999 which came from the MSG. I enjoy reading the bulletins, and I think the seeds come/came from a range of well known growers and not just Tok, and I am unaware their origions is kept secret.
Maybe this thread should be deleted by an admin as it is not serving any useful purpose?