So what does 300.00 material look like?

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This is the one tree that I spent 300.00 on. I have spent more and way less. In fact I have better trees that I spent less money on. I just liked this juniper and had to have it. Other than prune it up and define some branching, I havn't really worked on it yet. I've had this juniper two years. I purchased it while my wife was sick and just didn't work on it. Maybe next year.

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I'd like to see some other 300.00 trees.
 
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This Chinese Quince was was over the $300 price point. I have a few that were close to or around that dollar amount. But exact amounts are lost on me. Because...I don't mark down what I paid. My husband is of the belief...if they bring me joy then I shouldn't focus on the amount paid. But just enjoy them on my bench. So...I don't recall what they actually went for. I just enjoy them.
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Al, sadly,

on our side this is considered very bad form.
Poor folk often get themselves into embarrassing situations
wanting everyone to know how much something costs.

I would have expected to just show the effort and the Design
potential is obvious.
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That forsythia is gonna make a cracker of a small tree, but the price is imho on the high end for over here
The funny thing about it, is that our local garden center sells the same sized and equally developed forsythia in a "bonsai pot" for around 15-25 euro's.. I feel obliged to tell you that, because to me that's a ridiculous price difference.
 

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The price of bonsai is highly dependent upon where you live. In Japan, $300 can buy a very nice tree! That same tree might bring $1000 to $1500 (or more!) after it has been imported into the US.

In California, there are a lot more bonsai people (demand) and bonsai shops (supply). The quantity and quality of bonsai available for purchase is orders of magnitude greater in California than other places in the US. The proprietor of our local bonsai shop takes a trip once a year to visit a lot of the California vendors and growers to make his annual inventory replenishment. He gets a small discount off the retail price, and has to ship them back to Georgia.
 
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Good for you, we have a "don't ask, don't tell" policy, when it comes to my trees.
My husband...for the most part, has purchased my most valuable trees. But only if I forget the price tag. But, those I purchase...he's never asked what they cost. He's a gun collector. So he's pretty much a supporter. Though...he's gotten to the point of asking why I can't show my trees. I explain...shows are to far away. He shrugs...

Glad your husband is on board with the "don't ask don't tell" policy. 😉 Makes like more simpler.
 
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The price of bonsai is highly dependent upon where you live. In Japan, $300 can buy a very nice tree! That same tree might bring $1000 to $1500 (or more!) after it has been imported into the US.

In California, there are a lot more bonsai people (demand) and bonsai shops (supply). The quantity and quality of bonsai available for purchase is orders of magnitude greater in California than other places in the US. The proprietor of our local bonsai shop takes a trip once a year to visit a lot of the California vendors and growers to make his annual inventory replenishment. He gets a small discount off the retail price, and has to ship them back to Georgia.
Even with a diminished supply on the east coast, we can still find reasonable prebonsai stock. I try to support those who are in the business of bonsai, before big box stores. As you have stated before, as you learn more about trees, your eye for material changes. I have put most of the sticks from clearance sales in the ground, no time to waste!
 

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I’ve never spent $300 on a tree, but I’ve spent closer to $200 before. Material on the East Coast is simply more expensive unfortunately.

I want to say this bad boy was $175, if not $125- is that a good price or no? I thought so at the time I bought it. Now, I’m not sure. I think it’s at least worth that much now that I’ve worked on it for a year or two. It’s a trident.
 

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I don't typically buy $300 pre-bonsai - because I can usually find good stock for less.

However I did pay $350 for this large female princess persimmon. Folks here in Southern Cal know where I got it - and it isn't the cheapest nursery for pre-bonsai. But sometimes you have to part with some money for rare stock, particularly if it is larger.

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Other stuff that is more common goes for less. This shimpaku cost me $150...

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This silverberry cost me $60...

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I think this Mendocino pygmy cypress cost me $225 from Bob Shimon at the GSBF show this year:

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I don't typically buy $300 pre-bonsai - because I can usually find good stock for less.

However I did pay $350 for this large female princess persimmon. Folks here in Southern Cal know where I got it - and it isn't the cheapest nursery for pre-bonsai. But sometimes you have to part with some money for rare stock, particularly if it is larger.

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Other stuff that is more common goes for less. This shimpaku cost me $150...

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This silverberry cost me $60...

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I think this Mendocino pygmy cypress cost me $225 from Bob Shimon at the GSBF show this year:

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I think that was still a steal for that persimmon. But for the rest, it’s dramatically cheaper than stuff on this side of the country. That, or I’m just really out of the loop on where to get pre bonsai.
 

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