kingsnake.com - reptile and amphibian classifieds, breeders, forums, photos, videos and more
return to main index
follow us on facebook follow us on twitter follow us on YouTube link to us on LinkedIn
 
click here for Helix Controls
Live Reptiles, Cages, Feeders, More...
Online/Stores/Expos - LLLReptile.com
Locate a business by name: click to list your business
search the classifieds. buy an account
events by zip code list an event
Search the forums             Search in:
News & Events: Herp Photo of the Day: Komodo . . . . . . . . . .  Herp Photo of the Day: Anaconda . . . . . . . . . .  NY Metro Reptile Expo - Nov. 27, 2017 . . . . . . . . . .  ReptiCon Orlando - Dec. 02-03, 2017 . . . . . . . . . .  ReptiCon Houston - Dec. 02-03, 2017 . . . . . . . . . .  Nebraska Herp Society Meeting - Dec. 02, 2017 . . . . . . . . . .  Jacksonville Herp Society Meeting - Dec. 02, 2017 . . . . . . . . . .  Hamburg Reptile Show - Dec. 02, 2017 . . . . . . . . . .  Hampton Roads Reptile Expo - Dec. 03, 2017 . . . . . . . . . .  Greater Cincinnati Herp Society Meeting - Dec. 06, 2017 . . . . . . . . . .  Central Illinois Herp Society Meeting - Dec. 07, 2017 . . . . . . . . . .  Calusa Herp Society Meeting - Dec. 07, 2017 . . . . . . . . . . 

Does anyone see a problem with this?


[ Follow Ups ] [ Post Followup ] [ The Ball Python Forum ]

Posted by ginevive on May 13, 2003 at 11:03:58:

In Reply to: Does anyone see a problem with this? posted by Krystal19_85 on May 12, 2003 at 12:16:15:

OK I am new to ball pythons, I admit. I got my first one a few months ago. But already I have spent well over $50 on his care, caging, heating/electrical requirements, feeding especially, and upkeep. And this is all true, even though I got him for free (adopted), so an initial snake-purchase/shipping cost is not included in my estimate of how much I spent on him. If I had bred him, say, or bought him, a substantial investment would have had to be put forth, and I would not want to just give that away. Another thing, I think that if a $20 pricetag were in any way viable for balls, it would definately be implicated in the money-grubbing pet shops I have visited. If they, usually providing substandard care, cannot afford to sell the balls cheap, how could any good breeder?
How could you break even by selling them for less than $50?
While I'm at it, I'll stray off topic a bit. I am into frog/toad keeping also, but this is relevant to the cost of BPs also. I see Firebelly toads/newts/dwarf frogs at pet stores all the time, always priced at around $2-5. this cheap price encourages uneducated people, especially kids, to just buy them and not really care about them much. I have witnessed the gruesome sight of 4 african dwarf frogs frozen in ice on an outside porch of a house I delivered to once, in a poor neighborhood of town. I would fear that the low pricing on herps would lead to the ignorant and not-financlally-well-off people buying them and not being able or willing to care for them right. Pets are really a luxury, and their prices should be raised, if anything, not lowered...!!


Follow Ups:




[ Follow Ups ] [ The Ball Python Forum ]