Poll: Do you like Cut Comb?

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Do your prefer Cut Comb or Liquid Honey?

  • Cut comb consumer only

    Votes: 2 3.6%
  • Prefer cut comb but eat liquid honey

    Votes: 13 23.6%
  • I have no preference

    Votes: 13 23.6%
  • Prefer liquid honey but eat cut comb

    Votes: 15 27.3%
  • Liquid honey consumer only

    Votes: 12 21.8%

  • Total voters
    55
  • Poll closed .

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There is a thread currently running concerning comb honey production. I currently only extract and bottle. I would not produce cut comb for personal consumption because my family don't like it.

The reason for the poll. Given we won't eat it, the only reason for me to produce cut comb is if there is a ready market (to off set hobby costs from) or if a proportion of friends and family on the 'freebie list' would enjoy it. You guys are as a good a cross section of informed honey consumers as there can be.

Q: Do you like cut comb?
 
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Will have to abstain as never tried it
 

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The wrong question has been asked. Whether you or your family like or dislike comb honey is totally immaterial.

The question is have you a customer base who do?

My bet is yes they do, and the percentage will be about 10% Oh says you that's not a lot and you are of course quite right however.............

They struggle to find what they want and are willing to pay a premium price for it.

My comb honey sales are best described as "drifting away" as in it sells by the one unit or very rarely two. I have yet to be told. "I'll take a dozen" which I was when selling liquid.

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The wrong question has been asked. Whether you or your family like or dislike comb honey is totally immaterial.

The question is have you a customer base who do?

My bet is yes they do, and the percentage will be about 10% Oh says you that's not a lot and you are of course quite right however.............

They struggle to find what they want and are willing to pay a premium price for it.

My comb honey sales are best described as "drifting away" as in it sells by the one unit or very rarely two. I have yet to be told. "I'll take a dozen" which I was when selling liquid.

PH
The above post is spot on.
 

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*Rubs hands scenting a sale*

Now then Blackbrood I just happen to have in stock................

LOL

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I know some people who love it. I also have a cousin is desperate for me to produce some honey so she can taste it.

Can I mix a couple of Manleys into a super with SN1s? Obviously there is an issue with the spacing, but can it be done or should I go for a super all of Manley, as I would have thought it would produce better CC than a standard frame.
 

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Of course you can mix them.

Make two spaces or more and pop them in.

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The wrong question has been asked. Whether you or your family like or dislike comb honey is totally immaterial.
PH
PH, the wrong question for you and your mode of sale possibly, but exactly the right question for me.

a) I want to give friends and family something that will be enjoyed and consumed, not sat on a shelf.
b) I want to be able to sell excess very quickly so I can get the for sale sign down again and save door knocking all autumn - short but intense sales (last harvest I sold out in 2 weeks - brilliant! - and yes @£3.50 perhaps I was too cheap?)

So sales that drift are no good for me, sales that storm at a higher profit/hr rate is perfect for my circumstances - hence I want a mass market not specialist product - I think you've answered my question, post appreciated, R
 
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I like it although not all the time and I do like to give sections away to people I find they are always fascinated by it.
I always have a couple of frames in a super for cut comb and this year placed empty frames in the super amongst drawn frames and just let the bees fill in the rest no wax sheet thin or standard all new wax nothing recycled.
 

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b) I want to be able to sell excess very quickly so I can get the for sale sign down again and save door knocking all autumn - short but intense sales (last harvest I sold out in 2 weeks - brilliant! - and yes @£3.50 perhaps I was too cheap?)

So sales that drift are no good for me, sales that storm at a higher profit/hr rate is perfect for my circumstances - hence I want a mass market not specialist product - I think you've answered my question, post appreciated, R
Cut comb is not for you then. I have sold very little, and have been surprised by the number of people who say 'What do you do with that? when offered comb.
 

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Each to their own Rosti but I get considerably more for mine than you do.

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I'm sure you do PH - and good on'ya! But it's a balance isn't it.

Fortunately my wife is a teacher so has august off. I normally harvest first / sec wk august, she goes back 2nd week sept. It's a brief window of opportunity.

For me it's a hobby first and any income is a 'bonus' cost off-set rather than a profit. Realising that income causes some dissruption for the boss so keeping that to a minimum is 'important'. If comb flew out the door I have a go, hence the poll to see how popular it is. R
 
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I think I understand that by income and boss you mean you don't want people knocking at the door constantly?

I have five avenues of sales. My dining room and a nursery, and 3 farm shops. I deal with them on highly advantageous terms. Sale or return. They can't lose and actually neither can I. If they sell it I win, if they don't and I sell it myself I win, and I I pas it on to another vendor to sell then I still win.

I do not have people knocking on my door, not for honey that is.

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Yes, selling from home, mainly by my wife, during late summer. Signs goes up, hopefully I sell out again, sign comes down. I guess I could have written that rather less cryptically the first time around couldn't I!

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I think people buy it to give to somebody else....
Personally I always take my food out of the wrapper before I eat it...
 

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Love it - but I'm not putting it on my bread. A little mouthful of textured sweetness now and again - that's what cut comb is for. The bit of wax you end up with is no problem. I also love sugar cane - same sort of thing: something to spit out at the end of a delicious treat.
 
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