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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: OhMyBonsai on February 02, 2010, 07:30 PM

Title: hi everyone
Post by: OhMyBonsai on February 02, 2010, 07:30 PM
Hi everyone!

I’m new on this forum, but I’m so excited I wanted to tell you about a wonderful new bonsai I just got.

I really, really wanted a Japanese Apricot, but had bad luck with orders that arrived in bad shape. Then my cousin told me to try <edited 'cause it smells spammy>. They have such beautiful specimens! I fell in love with their Japanese Apricot the minute I saw it.

It just came today in *perfect* condition. Not a leaf lost! It is sooo beautiful! You should see the blossoms. I’m so excited!

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Happy Bonsai -- they made me happy!


<edit> We're being cautious here and hope we're wrong, but a first post doling out recommendations for businesses with whom most aren't familiar sends up flares.  Stick around and you'll learn why we're so guarded. BSG Admin</edit>
Title: Re: hi everyone
Post by: rockm on February 03, 2010, 08:21 AM
Hmmmm...This does sound a bit "iffy" to me too. Some conflicting info in there...
Title: Re: hi everyone
Post by: Jay on February 03, 2010, 08:27 AM
I agree, I wrote the Mod's asking about this post last night. If the individual is for real, and I hope he/she is, they should continue here posting pixs and asking questions.... even making comments. BUT>>>>> they should avoid trying to promote sites.

just my two cents
Jay
Title: Re: hi everyone
Post by: donamitu on February 03, 2010, 11:49 AM
This person already posted on another bonsai forum about this tree and was questioned about the legal ramifications of importing banned varieties.
Fishy.
Title: Re: hi everyone
Post by: mcpesq817 on February 03, 2010, 11:58 AM
This sounds like the "Sexy Bonsai" seller who has been caught selling trees on eBay that he imports into the US illegally.
Title: Re: hi everyone
Post by: Jay on February 03, 2010, 12:33 PM
There is a lesson here one way or the other.....

If our new member is for real, he should realize that this is not the way to start off as a new member of a forum.

If he is less than appears..... we should all be remembering the old Fanny Arbuckle saying "You get what you pay for". Go looking for a cheap price or from a unknown seller and you never know what you'll get till it arrives...if it arrives.

my two cents
Jay
Title: Re: hi everyone
Post by: rockm on February 04, 2010, 09:32 AM
this appears to me to be a pretty bogus post. It is almost verbatim one posted at IBC:
http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/bonsai-f1/hi-i-m-new-here-t2216.htm (http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/bonsai-f1/hi-i-m-new-here-t2216.htm)
and elsewhere.

This is a either a scam to get you to click the link so someone can send you more spam or worse-- or an attempt to skirt importation law. The posted says the importer had "repotted" the tree and it was "certified." That ain't what happens when a tree is legally imported. I don't know importation law in detail, but I believe Ume is one of those species that may be completely banned from importation--a few fruiting species are.

The poster also suggests she is ignorant of importation rules. Ignorance of the law is not a defense in court...

I would be extremely skeptical of anything this person posts...
Title: Re: hi everyone
Post by: rockm on February 04, 2010, 12:03 PM
Chris Cochrane at IBC posted an informative response to this:
http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/bonsai-f1/hi-i-m-new-here-t2216.htm#21656 (http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/bonsai-f1/hi-i-m-new-here-t2216.htm#21656)

The nursery site referenced is obviously NOT in the US. It is in Shanghai...

The poster appears to be clueless, or is being disingenuous about knowing what's going on.
Title: Re: hi everyone
Post by: John Kirby on February 04, 2010, 01:33 PM
I would assume the latter not the former.
Title: Re: hi everyone
Post by: mcpesq817 on February 04, 2010, 01:34 PM
A few months ago, someone posted on BonsaiNut how ecstatic they were about a purchase from Happy Bonsai.  I looked them up, and they are based in China.  The posting was very similar to the eBay seller with the "Sexy Bonsai", which is what made me suspicious.

Now a new poster shows up that uses very similar language and mannerisms about a purchase from the same place.  If I'm wrong, I apologize, but this all seems very suspicious.  

Title: Re: hi everyone
Post by: Jay on February 04, 2010, 05:05 PM
Well if it looks like a duck.... sounds like a duck... then it is a ........

Stay clear and be well

J