| | Re: Cryptocoryne spec. “Flamingo”
Here is APC's guidelines for a Group Buy, originally posted by Aaron T back when he was a moderator circa 2005:
16. Group Buy Policy :
The group buy is a tool of hobbyists dating back many years as a way for the community to take advantage of lower costs associated with volume purchase. But how to differentiate the group buy from reselling?
Here are APC's guidelines:
In a true group buy, all original purchase information is public. The organizer will publicly inform all takers what the cost is for a given volume and must also identify the source. A link/contact information to the source must be provided for original price confirmation.
The intent of a group buy is not to make a profit, but to share the benefit of volume discount with the community. By making all original purchase information transparent, it is obvious how much is spent and whether profit is being made. Reasonable shipping costs are understandable when distributing the goods to participants, but the idea is to pass on a product without making a profit.
If it is not possible to share this information, then reselling is assumed. In a reselling effort, the upfront cost and source of the product are private. There may or may not be a profit, nobody knows. Any post suspected to be reselling will be treated as such; reselling on APC is for sponsors only. Keep in mind that APC will maintain its neutrality in all sales transactions. Buyer beware, negotiate disputes politely and effectively
So it would appear to me that as long as we decide to go in on a group from a source you need to name for the known cost, it should be legit as long as none of us turns around and sells the crypt immediately. If we need more people to chip in, then this should be posted in the For Sale or Trade Forum.