The concept of buying, selling, trading, and collecting fig trees and cuttings has been around since the dawn of time. Recorded history dates culinary use of figs to more than 2500 years B.C., and excavations of ancient remains have revealed domestic fig trees from 5000 years B.C. From the very first time a delicious fig was discovered, controversy existed over propagation methods, leaf shape, variety, taste, and most of all authenticity. So for almost 10,000 years, nothing about collecting and sharing fig trees has changed… until now.
In recent times, fig trading and collecting have advanced quicker than any other time in history. There are probably a hundred or more reasons for this but communication and the internet is the driving factor behind more collectors and larger collections. Super rare varieties are able to surface quicker and be distributed faster. It’s become an incredible business for some. With this type of excitement and interest, most modern nurseries can no longer keep up the record pace.
Enter the online auction.
After thousands of years, collecting fig trees has graduated from an expanding niche hobby to a profitable business thanks to the online auction. Buyers and sellers from around the globe are connected instantly. With the press of a button, collectors previously consigned to run-of-the-mill or unknown varieties traded locally can now immediately own the rarest of rare varieties from any part of the world. Online auction prices are skyrocketing and more people than ever are taking notice. Newcomers and veterans alike are being introduced and pouring into the online auction world of figs daily. The buzz is hard to ignore and unfortunately has attracted dishonest sellers and con artists. The fig marketplace has become a minefield and difficult to navigate.
So the idea for figBid.com was born.
It’s difficult enough for an internet auction site to police any one specific category of sales let alone hundreds or even thousands. Can any website really address personal concerns when shoes, toys, cars, antiques, real estate, clothing, and thousands of other items are traded daily on its website? The answer is NO; It’s an impossible task for a huge open market. And once you’re burned it’s difficult to recoup lost, hard-earned cash. The worst part is not knowing you’re a victim; Waiting 3 to 5 years for a tree to grow only to find it’s not what you actually paid for. By that time the scammers are long gone and you’re stuck. It’s a black eye on the entire fig community. This scenario plays out daily in the online auction world and poses a unique set of problems that figBid.com is here to solve.
figBid.com is a category-specific auction website built for fig collectors. figBid.com does not follow marketplace trends or cater to large groups of buyers and sellers. There is NO BOTTOM LINE. figBid.com is concerned only with the individual and dedicated to joining quality buyers and sellers of all things fig. More importantly, figBid.com is available to address members on a personal level, effectively police itself, and keep out the dishonest people.
For this, figBid.com asks for a few things in return…
Have fun and enjoy yourself. Buy and sell until your heart is content. Don’t ever get discouraged. Build your collection to new heights. Please voice your concerns and opinions to us. We’re here for fig collectors, only fig collectors, and that will never change.
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