Get your mind out of the gutter! There's a piece of spider wood on ebay I really like but I can't get past the price. $45 for an 17x11x11 piece of wood seems pretty steep to me. Is that too much to pay?
I don't think so. I've been working on some great pieces of iron wood with dark red color for almost one year. It has to be dried, cleaned, debarked, sanded.....and I will then set it back in water to pull major amounts of tannins out before I sell it. I'm talking hours and hours of work to get a piece ready for the aquarium. So 45 is good for a small piece. I will be asking over 1000.00 dollars for a piece that will fit larger tanks. It is very big. About 2' x 2' ft hollowed out burled wood. Gorgeous.
I am sorry, but this is the most baseless malarky I've heard in a while. Aquascaping ability has virtually nothing to do with a persons willingness to empty their bank account buying up high end, expensive items. Furthermore, there is no reason to think that an average person in "Asia" or "Europe" is going to be any more willing to buy three letter branded gear, or exclusive hardscape materials that cost more per ounce than some of the most precious metals on earth.I do feel like people pinching pennies does nothing to help the hobby as well. We all wonder why American aquascaping sucks compared to Asia and Europe, but people are trying to spend the least amount of money like it's a contest on who can be the cheapest. So why would a seller try to sell nicer big peaces when people only want cheap sticks? If that's all people buy, that's all they will sell.
I am sorry, but this is the most baseless malarky I've heard in a while. Aquascaping ability has virtually nothing to do with a persons willingness to empty their bank account buying up high end, expensive items. Furthermore, there is no reason to think that an average person in "Asia" or "Europe" is going to be any more willing to buy three letter branded gear, or exclusive hardscape materials that cost more per ounce than some of the most precious metals on earth.
I've seen plenty of amazing aquascapes in plain old black rimmed tanks running aquaclear filters, using hardscape materials and substrates that the individual found in their locality or bought at a landscaping supply for dirt cheap.
I would also counter that being over focused on high-end equipment and exclusive/expensive hardscaping materials has massively taken away from a focus on the proper composition of aquascapes with _plants_ and their husbandry. I think this has been far more of a hindrance to the hobby than penny pinching ever will be.
I think you kind of missed my point. It's ok though because discussing it further doesn't really help the OP in any way.Hmm the only one talking about gear is you. I am talking about wood and rocks. But your are free to talk about that, too.
So you paid for a 45 minute flight, a 2 hour boat rental, and whatever it cost you to ship it back. Sounds like it was more likely around $300 just to acquire it, not counting the time you spent cleaning and prepping it. I would estimate the total value of transportation and work at $500 for that piece and that is giving no value to the wood itself. Final price should be sold for $600-750 imo to make a profit off it.its about 120cm long, 70cm tall, and about 60cm wide
i got it for free, picking it up by river banks.
but it took me 45 minutes flight and 2 hours boat ride (i travel to remote area for my job), from capital city (jakarta, that's where it may have demand for). And if you pay attention, those woods had been chopped up and glued back together in order for me to be able to bring back by plane.
if you want to sell it, you can't cut it. so you gonna have to put it in a crate, and cargo it.
so altho its free, the logistic is messy. if I were to sell it, no less than $200 for sure. But I won't sell it. I have been searching for woods that size for half a year.
thats the thing with this hobby... sometimes you can't put price on it.
if it's make you happy, buy it. like some one said it above