First of all, I cannot tell you how happy it makes me to see new people every day coming here looking for help. It's so good to see how many new comers are actually getting into growing their own medicine. Every day someone is planting their first seed. Whether it be for you, someone you love, for medicinal purposes, recreational, religious, any reason you may have. The more we grow our own, the less "illegal" activity's are being connected to cannabis, which in turn separates it further and further away from the "street drug" propaganda critics just love to associate it with. Also, it's only a matter of time before it's being grown by so many people, the police or feds cant even comprehend how to keep up, which in turn gives the legalization movement much more of a chance. The worlds in debt and even the most conservative snobs will start to see how much money is being wasted on trying to stop something that simply cannot be stopped. As we all know, or should know, cannabis is safer than Tylenol, aspirin, caffeine, and alcohol. The ONLY reason it's illegal is because of greed. With new discovery's in proven protocol's that have cured cancer, prohibition is becoming more and more ridiculous and more and more people are starting to realize the truths behind cannabis. But this is a subject I could go on and on about so we'll just move right along into what my intentions were when I decided to write this.
Well with laws changing for the better, and many states going medical, this has become a booming industry. There are folks who don't even use the herbals that are getting into the business end of it because they see how much this industry is taking off at dramatic speeds, which leads me to the point of this thread. Buyers beware, these company's are taking advantage of inexperienced growers. Not all of them, in fact, there still remains a lot of honest and caring people that supply things we need to keep the flow moving. I have been in this game for years and just in the past 3 years alone, I cannot believe how many new company's and products are being manufactured and established each day. But do note, there most certainly is shady marketing gurus out there trying to take advantage of the new comers.
The biggest scam I am seeing a lot, is "re-inventing the wheel" scams. Be careful with nutrients, many company's are using the SAME exact formula that has been used for years, change the label and maybe add some fruity scent to it, and double or triple the price. And it's working. It's all the same N-P-K additives, just a more colorful label. I see this every time I go to a hydro shop or open a magazine. Sometimes, they will just switch up the formula a tiny bit and call it a "breakthrough" discovery thats going to double your harvest!
Another scam I see sometimes is with HPS or MH bulbs. Company's that have greenhouses or large scale grow operations will use 100-200 hours or so with the bulbs, and simply re-package them. Thankfully the one of the leading bulb company's have just started using a special ink on the bulb itself, which changes color after just a few hours of use. Great idea!
Grow tents are another one. $500.00 for a tent?!?!?!? Look at what some of these tents are made of and you will see that you can make one just as efficient for under $100.00. Some PVC tubing for the frame and whatever material you wish to use and wham-o! You saved $500.00.
I don't want to be a living, breathing, walking advertisement for who's who in this business, so I wont name names, just know to tread carefully when you are stocking up for your first big grow and what you are investing in.
Just understand, this IS a booming industry right now, and the CEO's know that a huge percentage of clientèle are new growers that don't know any better. They know this and they are taking advantage of it to the fullest! Believe me, it almost makes me sick to see a Bloom Booster selling for triple price because they tricked out their label a bit and spent thousands on pretty ad's.
Let's face it, most of us were sick of paying for our herbals and we decided to save money by growing our own. Great idea!! But if you are paying just as much to run your operation, then the whole point is wasted. There are some great products out there, and there really are some breakthrough formulas that really work them trichomes to their fullest potential. But for every ONE of the good guys, there are probably THREE bad guys. Let's all work together to "WEED" out the shady business.
Happy growing everyone, and please don't hesitate to hit up my visitor message box with any questions you may have. I will do my best to help. I want to see everyone become successful with their grows and not give up after the first try. Like I said, I want to see EVERYONE that partakes in this amazing herb growing their own. If everyone did that, things would drastically change for the better, IMO.. Keep it Green!!
"E" from E&X TeamGreen.
(Ventura, CA.. in compliance with proposition 215, SB420, CA H&S codes 11362.5-11362.7)
Edited by deep[H2O]culture, 09 December 2009 - 11:49 PM.