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  auction, Sept. 2005
From: "Bryant, Susan L." SLBryant at scj.com> on 2006.02.06 at 21:40:10(13820)
We should break down and write a check, even though we are HORRIBLY
LAZY, as Hermine would say, and prefer to bang on our computers as
opposed to actually handling any type of real money.

Here is the address.

International Aroid Society, P.O. Box 43-1853, South Miami, FL 33143,

From: Betsy Feuerstein ecuador at midsouth.rr.com> on 2006.02.08 at 19:07:26(13830)
Susan's information could be very helpful to anyone who got a
plant from the auction and did not know where to send payment. On the
other hand, I certainly can understand how anyone who got a plant and
tried to find out how payment was expected would feel when they did not
recieve any response from their request. Perhaps those who received
plants by mail assumed they would receive a bill at a later date and
went on with life. How would these folks know the shipping charges?
Perhaps there were handling charges in addition to the actual postage,
such as box and packaging costs. Sometimes humor and money do not mix
very well. It was implied that these people were shirkers of their
agreement and just maybe the responsibility for such lack of
communication goes both ways. Perhaps an invoice in the box with the
plants would work more efficiently with the collection of monies in the
future. Of course, the invoice would need to include plant price,
postage, and any other incidental packaging costs involved. If that was
difficult to do because knowing the postage before the fact can be
difficult, then an invoice sent when the postage is known after
shipment would do the job.

That said, those who take it on to mail out some of these auction
plants deserve much gratitude. Some of these plants are huge and heavy
and having shipped a plant or two in my life, I can tell you it is not
an easy task to find or obtain a box to ship out such purchases and
then to pack them in a manner to get them to destination in good shape.
So while we are at it, let's give a big thanks to those unknown
individuals who take on this task. They deserve to be thanked for all
they do because they do a huge favor so that those not at the auction
have an opportunity to obtain rare and unusual stuff offered only at
the auction.

Just my opinion,

From: "michael mahan" agavestar at covad.net> on 2006.02.09 at 07:53:21(13836)
I would be very glad to help this year in any way of the
shipping … I’m there all weekend plus 2 days after
Michael mahan

From: "Bryant, Susan L." SLBryant at scj.com> on 2006.02.09 at 13:27:12(13839)
Betsy, I agree with you 100%. Denis sent my
package, so a big (and belated) thank you!

I've taken advantage of both parts of the
auction- I've attended the auction in person, and last year I bid online since I
couldn't make it to Miami. I've seen how much work it is for those running
the auction- from trying to keep track of which plants are being bid on, doing
the bidding for the online folk, keeping track of who won what and how much they
owe, and collecting and collating the monies. It's a huge task which would
probably be much easier without the online bidding, which is why I appreciate
them sharing the opportunity to obtain these special and rare

So from the bottom of my heart, thanks Tricia
Frank! Also thank the people that helped you, probably Albert, who DID
email me to let me know which plants I won.
I take full responsibility for my tardy payment.
Ain't no ones fault but me!!

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