Here is a dream I had (you know sort of day dreaming) about a way for all of us to market our honey cooperatively.
I always thought the "Beemaster" Title a profitable marketing system. With hi search engine ranking, having an audience and even more important a source for quality honey in a global market, our membership could have a great opertunity to sell their products with a title as market savvy as any other honey product currently on the shelf.
It was a long time ago I thought of a COLLABORATIVE PROJECT encompassing the members of the forum where we could all sell our honey under a Beemaster Brand Name. Imagine hundreds of members, drop shipping their own honey under the Beemaster Honey Name, making different honeys available to people around the Globe, no matter which flavor they they were looking for. And then the inevitable Beemaster Blend, a premium mix of blended honey from the mass membership, or sample jar sets with up to 10 honeys to package in a sampler pack.
All small businesses start somewhere and we have a good sales name and a sizable membership to create a unique collection of honey that would really fill a void where local and regional honey is available to the public.
but the truth be told
I never want to go in "business" even with a great distribution plan and reliable sources for all the project - I just want to be an educational site as we are, a freindly site, and not a business even though I think we would all do really well and the scope of the project could be a vast new way of honey marketing.
BUT, to have someone come into Beekeeping Forums with the idea of SELLING and DISTRIBUTING HONEY to BEEKEEPERS is like trying to sell snowballs to Eskimos - that post went away from here because it broke the rules of the trading post - where IF you as a NON COMMERCIAL BEEKEEPER have items for trade or sale, you can post them. But the Trading Post is NOT aplace to advertise your business and sell stuff you cannot get sold through your own website.
Using our search engine rankings to improve your sales is a no-no. It exists for us backyard beekeeps to find homes for excess queens raised, equipment no longer used, a place to find stuff you can't find elsewhere and it should stay so.
I don't comment on Bee-sourse except to say it is a fine site doing a great service to beekeepers, I was a bit surprised that post remained active and that pages of replies are posted concerning it. How they operate and edit their site is none of our business, I'm just happy that our team of mods here know better than let that post remain.
So we may never see Beemaster's Customized Honey on the net for sale, but it is an interesting venture for this membership if the world were a bit different and our goals of being commercial free were ever changed - but I promise this, commercial free we will always be, that is a definite pledge I made a long time ago and one which I believe will be best for us all in the long run.
Just a thought or two Ted. I hope they deal with the issue forth-right and bury it where it belongs.