Last year my buddie and fellow grower, when he got his Medical card and grow license, did it all through the same place, they also sold him clones to start. He paid $50 each, and they were not very good either. He grew them out, but it was pretty much shit weed.
Just like everything, the consumer (growers, breeders, collectors) sets the price. Some growers have award winning phenotypes and when it becomes super rare to find seed or cuts from that mother plant the demand drives pricing.
But like @OlyBoy said, here in Cali or Oregon (or just the Pacific coast in general) there are so many options that the demand can’t keep up. I’ve seen $40+ clones in dispensaries but those are usually “teens” that have grown out slightly…and that’s only from reputable breeders. In the grower community though is where the legit seeds and clones are exchanged and auctioned.
Yes there are strains that go for over 1000 a cut. Runtz for instance was one of those not long ago. Yea you can buy a pack of beans now but will get what ya want outta of it? Not if you’re looking for that signature pheno most likely… And sure a guy can pheno hunt thru 100s of plants to get what he wants… or he can pay a guy who already put the work in… value is relative to many things. Something is worth as much as someone’s willing to pay for it!!
Not sure about links, i’m sure @Slym3r might be of better help. Sure @PreyBird1 has pics of a plant before and after cuts were taken.
@ghostgreenguy said the perfect point…the breeder has done a ton of work hunting for that single prize phenotype and then preserving it. You’re paying for years of hard work in exchange for a fire AF plant
Heres my Runtz thread. Its long but i cloned them tons of times. I even did a SOG with 25 plants in 1 gallon fabric pots. Im atill posting in this thread as i still Breed Runtz and cross it. I have been for 3 yrs. Long before it was strain of the year. Im trying to a get special cross im close to it. I have my own strains nobody has. I only released 8 of my 12.
I have Runts and white Runts. I have 2 crosses with afficianados white caviar f3. Then i have 2 crossed with skywalker og. And right now im finishing 4 femmanized strains of Runtz. Amnesia lemon x Runtz. Runtz x slapz Runtz x white caviar x white Runtz. And a Runtz x lemon haze auto.