I cringe as well when I hear "Regulate". We have enough regulations and there can be unintended consequences from them. I got burned more than once by a well known dealer when I first started 5 years ago. He has a YouTube channel so being new to the hobby I just trusted him. One frag had a very fancy name and price tag that turned out to be HIGHLY photoshopped and a common less expensive varity. I felt cheated. Being new to the hobby I was too nieve to know any better. After noticing my frags colors looked nothing like the WYSIWYG photos on the website I never bought from him again. I viewed it as part of the learning curve. New hobbyist have enough challenges to deal with. Being taken advantage of shouldn't be one of them.I think that sellers who Photoshop or in any way misrepresent their product should be called out in a publicly accessible way. Just as those sellers (I like to think the vast majority) who do an excellent job should be praised in the same way. Maybe a system like 'seller feedback' many marketplaces use. That way the free market will self regulate. But I guess I just bristle at that word 'regulate.'
I love those guys! Super A++, shipping is great too. Love gettin' my "pee cups" in the mail. lol.The cereal boxes don't use milk in the picture on the box because the cereal will get soggy and sink. They use white glue.
I like how tidal gardens shows their coral with 10k and actinic lighting.
There are lots of good deals from hobbyists here on the R2R selling forum.I realize this has been beaten to death. But the sizes of most frags offered online is a joke. Cherry corals recent live sale had some very colorful nice looking sps frags. Using the egg crate as a guide, most appeared in the 1/2 inch range and of course were $50 and up. $ 50 for a nice meaty frag would be fair.
TSA is smarter than that and don’t use egg crate is their photos so u dont realize u just spent $75 on a 1/2 nub until u open the box.
some of us don’t have the luxury of a lfs or local hobbyists and need to use online vendors. Getting very difficult to find nice sized fair priced frags.
this is a logical fallacy argument called “whataboutism”. Two wrongs don’t make a right. just because it’s acceptable in one market, doesn’t mean it’s fine in our niche hobby.In regards to coral, "photoshopping" means manipulating the color in a manner you could never actually replicate with that coral at home.
But come to think of it, is it really any different than say, a fast food commercial that shows some delicious looking burger that isn't even edible because of all the glue and other fake stuff they put on to make it look amazing and delicious? Has your box of fries ever looked anything close to the commercial with perfectly vertical fries, filled to the brim?