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Posted by Randy Remington on May 12, 2003 at 11:08:24:
In Reply to: Just to play devils advocate posted by pmpimbura on May 12, 2003 at 09:52:31:
I see the high initial prices as the fuel that drives the engine to get the new morphs widely produced. The initial breeders of a new morph are breeding for the 2nd level breederís breeding stock and so on but eventually (a long time with ball pythons) all of these morphs should become premium pet store animals. I believe that the higher the initial price, the quicker large numbers will be produced. Sure chance and the growth and breeding characteristics of the line factor in but all other things being the same I think more of the best people are working harder to produce the most expensive morphs.
If Peter Kahl had priced the first piebalds at 1/10 of what he did I don't think as many of the possible het males would have been breed nor would the het males have been breed to as many normals. I doubt it was his goal to produce affordable piebalds for the general public but I think he put a little extra incentive (not that much was needed as nice as the pieds look) that inadvertently resulted in extreme out breeding and I think an acceleration in the number of piebalds that will be produced.
People donít stay up late at night trying to figure out how to work harder and produce more unless there is an incentive, the bigger the incentive, the harder and smarter they work.