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  • "Cloning" (AKA air layering) Spheres

    Someone is selling three of these 3.5" plastic thingies, called "cloning" spheres for $100, plus $18 for shipping, on figbid. (I assume they are also good for air layering).

    I wonder if someone has actually paid that price.

    But, you never know; there is a sucker born every day. Click image for larger version

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    I put 75 air layers these past couple of days, reusing old 1-qt freezer bags; I expect 100% success with my air layers.
    Location: NJ, zone 6b
    Wish List: Martineca Rimada, BM-KK, Ischia Black

  • #2
    LOL. Same thing on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08CGNYTC4) for $15.
    East Coast, Zone 7a
    WL: Boysenberry Blush, CdDB, BNR

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    • #3
      They work great and I have a similar version but seethrough so I can tell if the roots have taken and as key88sf pointed out, there are much cheaper versions out there. $100 is fig highway robbery.

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      • Harish-C
        Harish-C commented
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        "$100 is fig highway robbery." AKA GREED
        Last edited by Harish-C; 08-17-2021, 03:55 PM.

    • #4
      Wrong! They are $33 per. Strong ABS, rubber hatch to view the roots, and neodymium magnets to hold the halves together. Not the same on any level! If you have question(s), you can ask me. If you don't like the price, don't buy them, but don't send a ridiculous jab to me through figbid. That's not playing nice...
      Last edited by GaiaSpun; 08-17-2021, 03:54 PM.

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      • Harish-C
        Harish-C commented
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        I was just wondering if I saw that right. No more questions. Thanks.

    • #5
      Originally posted by GaiaSpun View Post
      Wrong! They are $33 per. Strong ABS, rubber hatch to view the roots, and neodymium magnets to hold the halves together. Not the same on any level. If you have questions, you can ask me. If you don't like the price, don't buy them, but don't send a ridiculous jab to me through figbid.
      Welcome to the board. You have some interesting items but you can find similar items elsewhere and for a fraction of the price. Why not stick around and contribute; show us how your items have worked for you and maybe post some photos of some successful airlayers or rooting using some of your products. It sounds like you designed these items so kudos.
      Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania / Zone 6b

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      • #6
        And that is the person you are buying from. Welcome aboard, this should be interesting.

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        • #7
          Sometimes misinformation needs to be addressed... here's a post from a happy camper... another product I developed: https://www.ourfigs.com/forum/figs-h...oxing-fig-tree
          Last edited by GaiaSpun; 08-17-2021, 04:16 PM.

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          • NotoriousFIG
            NotoriousFIG commented
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            you gotta hand it to that packaging kit, it looks nice.

          • GaiaSpun
            GaiaSpun commented
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            Thank you!

          • FloraFig
            FloraFig commented
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            They def look interesting, but not within my budget. I can see where other people don't mind paying that.

        • #8
          Lo and behold;

          That ad, and the listing on figbid just disappeared.
          Location: NJ, zone 6b
          Wish List: Martineca Rimada, BM-KK, Ischia Black

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          • #9
            Still there.... https://www.figbid.com/Listing/Detai...E-35-3-for-100

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            • #10
              i just use kitchen cling wrap and masking tape. works fine.
              Pete
              USDA Zone 7b
              Piedmont NC

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              • Harish-C
                Harish-C commented
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                That's smart. Why spend $40 (with shipping cost added) for a traption when you can get the same results for pennies an air layer.

                Can you imagine the costs if one is doing hundreds of air layers; pure insanity, if you ask me.

                I would really be shocked to see anyone buying that plastic thinggy for the price the seller wants, especially if one is growing large number of figs.

            • #11
              That works for me too!

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              • #12
                Harish-C ,it's like everything else. If people can afford to pay the price it's their choice. Same with a $600-800 fig cutting. I wouldn't pay it, but that doesn't mean someone else can't or won't.
                C.Florida 9B WL: I-258 , Black Ischia, Ham Rham, Ghoudane , Moro de Caneva

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                • Harish-C
                  Harish-C commented
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                  You are right; the seller will charge whatever they can get away with. It's the buyer's choice.

                  Like I said, a sucker is born every day.

                • FloraFig
                  FloraFig commented
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                  Maybe it cost a lot to make them. We don't know that. Same applies to virtually anything you buy. You can buy pruners at the dollar tree, or ones that are worth $100

              • #13

                "When are you going to stop this? Your posts are foolish!"

                Just expressing my opinion; Why are you getting so upset?


                Just thinking about what my cost would be of doing 75 air layers using your contraption - a cool $3,000.

                Location: NJ, zone 6b
                Wish List: Martineca Rimada, BM-KK, Ischia Black

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                • GaiaSpun
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                  Let me help you out with this one for FREE... The spheres are 3 for $100 so if we divide 75 by 3, you would need 25 lots. 25 lots at $100 = $2500. Did I lose you? Probably...

                • GaiaSpun
                  GaiaSpun commented
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                  It's more than just an opinion... You sent me a rotten email through figbid not knowing I had an account here. You started attacking me with NO FACTS! You have never purchased a product from us so I don't understand how or why you have a opinion on the cost. This is too crazy for me....
                  Last edited by GaiaSpun; 08-17-2021, 06:02 PM.

              • #14
                Looks like you need a primer in simple math, maybe at 3rd grade level. Let's see: 3 for $100 + 18 in shipping. That comes to $118 for 3, or roughly about $40 each. Are you with me so far?
                Last edited by Harish-C; 08-17-2021, 06:35 PM.
                Location: NJ, zone 6b
                Wish List: Martineca Rimada, BM-KK, Ischia Black

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                • GaiaSpun
                  GaiaSpun commented
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                  So you're gonna put in an order for 75 spheres? Thanks!!! Since you're the "smarter" one, we'll use your math.
                  Last edited by GaiaSpun; 08-17-2021, 06:39 PM.

              • #15
                Yes, but for next year. I would probably need lot more next year, like a couple of hundred spheres. I am done air layering for this year.

                Location: NJ, zone 6b
                Wish List: Martineca Rimada, BM-KK, Ischia Black

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                • GaiaSpun
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                  Well, if you're serious let me know and I can give you a quote with better pricing.

              • #16
                GaiaSpun: I am sure you are a brilliant engineer, and are rightfully proud of your creation, these cloning spheres. And I am sure they work fine and produce well-rooted air layers, 100% of the time. Great design.

                Have you thought of adding some more bells and whistles to this design, like getting them gold plated? You would then be able to ask an even higher price, say $100 a piece, instead of 3 for $100. Money would start rolling in, then. Just thought I would let you know of an idea that came to my mind.
                Location: NJ, zone 6b
                Wish List: Martineca Rimada, BM-KK, Ischia Black

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                • Kid Fig
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                  HA!

                  goodfriendmike It's the smell, cant take it. I have a very underdeveloped palate.

                  Took me 25 years from the first time I tried sour cream to like it.

                  Can you imagine losing out on 25 years of sour cream on my tacos!

                • goodfriendmike
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                  Kid Fig I went into my Granny's fridge to get a glass of milk when I was a kid and got a mouth full of eggnog. lol Took 20 years before I tried it again and I only like one name brand.

                • Kid Fig
                  Kid Fig commented
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                  LOL!

                  goodfriendmike Thought I was the only one like this. Awe well misery loves company as they say.

              • #17
                Originally posted by Harish-C View Post
                GaiaSpun: I am sure you are a brilliant engineer, and are rightfully proud of your creation, these cloning spheres. And I am sure they work fine and produce well-rooted air layers, 100% of the time. Great design.

                Have you thought of adding some more bells and whistles to this design, like getting them gold plated? You would then be able to ask an even higher price, say $100 a piece, instead of 3 for $100. Money would start rolling in, then. Just thought I would let you know of an idea that came to my mind.

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                CJ in Memphis 7b/8a….tight eyes, nonsplitters...Pons figs, French figs, Mario figs & tasty Cali seedlings!

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                • #18
                  Mods truly hate closing posts. It’s a headache and something we personally really dislike…Please don’t put the mods in that position.

                  Please! Pretty please! Stop!
                  Guildwood Village - Toronto, Canada - Zone 6

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                • #19
                  Sometimes it is best to take conversation gone sour outside…like away from brothers and sisters popping in to read this thread, Get my drift?😉

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                  • #20
                    Agreed. No more on this thread
                    Location: NJ, zone 6b
                    Wish List: Martineca Rimada, BM-KK, Ischia Black

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                    • #21
                      I have better luck with a ziplock bag, filled with moist soil, and sliced down the middle. Secured with twine and covered with foil keeps moisture intact.
                      Anthony- Fig Finder of Los Angeles

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                      • #22
                        This is a free country, you can sell or buy anything you want at any price you want.
                        I hear there are people out there selling sticks of wood for $$$ and I find it hard to believe people are buying them !!!!
                        Wallingford,Ct. zone 6b

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