I hear you Leebros.
Of course, my phone has rang almost non-stop since the middle of August, and I can't seem to get anything else done. Most of them are \"how much is ginseng, I'm new at this\". Like you, I don't mind talking to folks and trying to help them, but there is a certain amount of information which is out there on (cough) certain websites, with information about growing which (cough) certain folks offer for a small fee or in some cases even free with pictures how to dig and handle their ginseng.
I honestly think the flush of small/damaged root we are seeing is partly to blame on the reality shows, and partly to blame on the high prices of the last few years. That low quality common stuff is just not moving at all. Buyers who are buying it are likely to get stuck holding it because they can't sell it. So, why would a buyer continue buying stuff that he can't sell unless he has unlimited capitol with which to buy? I think in the end, the new diggers who came to the craft through TV will largely go away after they can't sell their low or no quality roots for $1000/lb. The ones who ask the right questions and listen to the answers are the ones who will join our community and become valued members I believe.