If u had to dig it, you would want more than most dealers offer. If the diggers would stick together we could get a more reasonable price. It's not work digging it for 400-500 per dried pound IMO. its tough work. If everybody would stop selling it green for 6-10 bucks an oz for a pill, and quit digging it all summer long, diggers getting low ball price would stop. All I know is I'm not giving it away. You can bet the farm on that quote and I wish all diggers would do the same.
Lets get a few facts straight I am a digger have been for 25 years, I didn't like the prices I got so instead of complaining I did something about it. As far as your prices where you are take it up with your dealer. I also bought a 6oz root last year from Kentucky so they do exist.
So if you are a digger, do you only dig above average seng? If we only dig above avg seng, there wouldn't be much sold would they? I didn't say 6oz roots didn't exist. But they are far and few between. So telling me u only wanted above avg seng is like me telling u to only catch the biggest fish. A dealer that would buy green seng for $10 oz is robbery because its worth a crapload more than that. I have no idea what u pay but I'm talking about our local buyers.
Ok no I do not always dig above average roots but what I don't do is dig small root, that is the root that no one wants to buy, as many buyers have said multiple times on this forum. And I do agree with you as to way to many people in the woods trying to get their fix, if more diggers thought the same the market would not be so flooded right now and that is the problem with the market now. There are 2 sides to it diggers bust their butts to get the root no question about that but the dealer that buys has a huge investment in the roots and its their money on the line, I do see both sides. Good luck to you and I hope for all of us who care about ginseng things get better for all of us sooner rather than later.