- Jul 3, 2011
Pretty much all Nepenthes seeds on eBay are wild collected. There's a number of regular seed collectors in Indonesia and Malaysia who supply various sellers like Yescarnivorousfarm, which is based on South Korea.
This is not fantasy or conjecture - it is a known fact. If you are buying species Nepenthes seed off fleabay, you are buying from people who live in (or in close proximity to) the habitats where the species grow, and these people collect from native populations. What should also be said is that many times, sellers will collect any seeds they find and either guess or intentionally mislabel them, knowing they will get far more $$ for "N. aristolochiodes" than they will for N. maxima. So not only are you paying these people to rob the habitat of seed, you are also highly likely to get seeds of a species other than what you expect.
About eBay ratings: sellers that get high ratings are receiving ratings for the service (speed of shipping, "quality" of the seeds, price, etc), NOT veracity of the product! Buyers review these sellers looooong before they can verify the identity of the species they have bought. The ratings say absolutely nothing about the honesty of the seller or the authenticity of the product.