Problem with bulb offer

Kipp McMichael
Wed, 10 Aug 2011 14:05:30 PDT

  Paul - you must have missed the multiple postings regarding Mr. Keller and his fraudulent trade offers. More than a few listers were burned in trades with Mr. Keller and I was almost one of them. In my case, I responded to Mr. Keller's offer of Haemanthus crispus. Mr. Keller asked me for Massonias in trade and I sent him 6 bulbs plus a small Eriospermum. Like the other trades, he claimed the package never arrived. Since I had confirmed delivery, I knew this was not the case. 

  Once it was clear he was not going to be sending me a trade without encouragement, I offered to visit Mr. Keller at his home and personally assist him with returning my bulbs to me. After a series of varying responses, Mr. Keller finally notified me that he would be sending me 1/2 the bulbs we had agreed upon. Lo and behold, 2 large Haemanthus bulbs actually arrived a week later. Whether these bulbs are actually H. crispus I do not know yet. I have suspicions they may be bulbs he defrauded from another list member.

  Whether Mr. Keller was strategically unscrupulous or innocently demented I couldn't decide.



> Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2011 13:26:45 -0700
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> To:
> Subject: [pbs] Problem with bulb offer
> Back in March, there was the following posting  from a 
> Warren Keller offered some choice Haemanthus deformis bulbs
> *
> -------- Original Message -------- *
> *Subject: * 	*[pbs] Haemanthus deformis*
> *Date: * 	*Wed, 16 Mar 2011 12:10:20 -0700 (PDT)*
> *From: * 	*Warren Keller <>*
> *Reply-To: * 	*Pacific Bulb Society <>*
> *To: * 	* <>*
> *Hello there, i have about 25 bulbs of Haemanthus deformis i 
> am selling from my collection, all are big mature sized 
> bulbs, i was asking 30 a piece, so i was just wanting to let 
> everyone know first on pbs, please email me for more info, i 
> live in california. Warren *
> I called this to the attention of one of our Garden people 
> who pursued the offer and after an active correspondence was 
> told he would need to send a money order in advance. I just 
> learned today that , unfortunately, after sending the money 
> order, he has never heard back from Mr. Keller: no bulbs, no 
> explanation and no response to monthly follow ups.
> -- 
> Paul Licht, Director
> University of California Botanical Garden
> 200 Centennial Drive
> Berkeley, CA 94720
> (510)-643-8999
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