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May 1, 2017

Should I be Buying Worms by Weight? or Count?

The two ways of buying worms

When you’re looking to buy worms, some vendors are selling by the pound and others sell say 250 or 1000 or 2000 worms. I wanted to show what and why I think is the best way for buying worms.

 

I recently posted the pictures below┬áin a couple of Facebook groups with the question: how many worms are in this pile? I wanted to see how well people could guess the count of a mound of worms. The guesses ranged from 200 all the way to 2000. The majority of guesses were 1000 worms. Out of 100 guesses 92 were over 400 only 8 guessed there were under 400 worms. I estimated that those who guessed under 400 were most likely to be suspicious if I had sold this pile as 500 worms. Of those I estimate half would be very excited and put the worms in their bin without a second thought. Only 4 out of 100 MIGHT actually be suspicious enough to count the worms. I think this experiment is important for inexperienced would-be worm farmers to see. It is very easy for a seller to rip you off when you buy a set “number” of worms. When you purchase by the pound or by the kilo it’s very easy to throw your package on a scale and see if the entire package weighs at least what you paid for. It’s just easier to judge and if needed sort worms from bedding and weigh. Now if the worms are a few ounces (or grams) light I’d cut t he vendor a little slack, worms do tend to lose a little water weight in shipping and scales can be off a bit.

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There are 250 worms in the photo, how well did you guess? Most of the folks on Facebook would’ve been ripped off by 50% or more. Ask yourself how cheap are the cheapest worms if you get half or less of what you paid for?

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  • it is so hard to find some one to trust. it seems most people had placed orders for worms and get mixed.
    or they turn up very late and the poor worms dont make it.
    i ordered cocoons from a guy and…well lets just say im not a happy bunny.
    i think people take the sellers word for it that there is 500/1000 etc worms you have received. lets face it who is going to sit and count them out.
    i can’t afford to keep trying befor i find some one who will do as they said they would.

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