I hope I don't ruffle any feathers among any readers here, but something has become apparent to me over the last few years among my fellow beekeeping community (this forum being an exception). I have on occasion had the opportunity to call or casually bump into the odd (pardon the pun) beekeeper, some of whom shall we say, are doing things on a grander scale than I. What has struck me as funny is the "reluctance" to part with information. I always seem to feel that when I ask an innocuous question, that somehow I was asking for states secrets. Are we really doing things all that differently? Is there some trade secret that if it gets out, we might all actually become successful? This is not true of all, but rather a generalization. Here on the forum we have a free exchange of information and advice etc., and yet as soon as you get into "commercial" range, the sharing of information flow seems to rapidly diminish (tec being an exception). Is this simply a prudent business practice? Is it a "Target not telling Walmart it's business" kinda thing? I know at times I probably frustrate my wife with my secretive nature :roll:, holding cards so close to the vest all the time :lol:, but I have seldom come to regret being open and honest about my trials and tribulations. Is there in fact a vulnerability in an open and sharing way of doing things in the beekeeping community? Is one opening one's self up to competitive disadvantage? Interested in your thoughts.