We're not all bad dudes.. That is excatly how i did it. I could not have been the only one.. I made strains from 99 through 2004. My target-market wasnt big warehouse dudes, it was small hobby people who didnt know how to grow and the elderly, and later, sick people too. Back then it was obvious, that if u wanted to last, you have to take the time to ensure your seed grows like u say it will.. I saw people flip their shit when someone's genes hermied or performed poorly..That gave me nightmares as a breeder. This was before reddit and social media. when there were only 3 sites to go to in the whole world, and a bad review could ruin yur company.. i was like, aint nobody gonna be saying my genes are whack. I ran our stock through what we call "stress tests", b/c i wanted my product to stand up newbie abuse. I did this with reg seed generations while stabilizing, then when i started making fem seed a few years later, they too were subjected the same rigorous tests.. I recall trying to explain this in 02 to one of gypsy's crew, and he just didnt get it. That i purposely fuck up my plants all up to see which ones can hang tough.. Running extra batches of clones(a set of cutting off every single plant, insetad of one cut per plant each generation) just to try to kill them in various scenarios, costs more in time, money and resources, but to me, that was the price for doing it right. That being said, ive never been opposed to a solid f1 or two in a catalouge, as long as you are clear to the consumer, that its an f1 and they'll have to pheno hunt..
I made regular beans in the beginning. Then in 2002, i started making fem seeds in addition to reg seeds.. Originally used GA and then it was STS. I bred like normal, making each generation with a male and female, then once final cross was confirmed as true breeding, i'd go to replicate that cross in seeds, and make both reg seeds and fem seeds.. to get fems, I'd take the same gen that I would normally use, just reverse the p1 mother.. ie: The f5xp1, would be a reversed p1 female to the f5 female (instead of the p1 male to a f5 female). Then u germ some, run them (both reg and fem) through stress tests. Repeat at least one more time, to make damn sure neither the reg nor fem, hermied. .ive also bred by reversing each generation (like down the line) but ive always selected 2 plants like normal.. I have made s1's and s2's but never released, only to keep a line.. u run iinto issues when trying to do that. .. the basic 5 i have now is s2.. i wouldnt have it today, if i hadnt made the original selfed beans back in the day. but again that is a special circumstance, to be able to resurrect an old line, and never to be released.
i stocked fem seeds as a convenience for idiots and people who were limited on space. Me making fem seeds was never to shield the genes from being ripped off.. Dude, dig it, at that time, the phrase of the day was "overgrow the motherfucking planet". I was all about spreading genes. People have stolen our shit and we look at it as a badge of honour. Im not going to name names, but one stolen strains was named high times top ten strian of the year, and the name in the article wasnt my partner's or my name. totally differnt story and lineage than the truth, but IDGAF, means our genes were on point. the dutch have been stealing and ripping off each other strains since the 80's, so to me, it was like just part of the seed biz....Ive always been open about ancestry and will explain how i did most hybrids and what all I used.. There are some trade secrets of course, but im way more open then a lot of these dudes..
I went undergound in 2004, just recently came back and im like, damn, there's hardly any choice and no diversity anymore... It's a crying shame, what has happened to the gene game in North America, post 2004/05-ish..
I think fem are more important than they were 10 or 12 years ago. Not b/c they out-sell reg beans; even though thats good for business, IDGAF. If u put out a quality product, that is whats good for business, to me.. And the only reason why fem out-sells reg seed is simply b/c the bulk of people buying them are lazy and or stupid.
The reason i feel fem are important now, is b/c of strict plant-count limitations in legal states and more non-weed people getting into cannabis for Medical purposes. People in those positions dont got no time for males.. So to that, i think fem do have a purpose. Fem seeds are no better or worse than reg seed. The fact that they are female is inconsequential. It's what parent stock was used and how they were bred, that effects if a seed will be good or shit. If there's anything that ive learned in the past couple of decades, its that if you concentrate on quality, then you wont have to worry about the money. Put the money first, and the quality suffers.
The bottom line is: if u havent put in at least a couple of years into the strain, then its not a strain. its a cross. and is subject to all the issues that come with unstable genes, regardless of if it's reg or fem seed.