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Posted by Carlton on April 15, 2003 at 11:16:17:
In Reply to: Some thoughts about cham time and $... posted by chimbakka on April 14, 2003 at 18:11:58:
This is a classic problem. There can be all the warning info possible available (except at the shop that wants to sell you the creature) on just how expensive it is to keep but people have usually made up their mind they want a pet before doing all this homework. Then sticker shock sets in, especially if the animal is not cared for correctly and ends up at the vet (if its lucky). The way I deal with it? I join info groups, forums, societies like CIN, volunteer for pet shops, give my phone number to customers, etc. I worked at a reptile shop whose manager insisted on having cost info available. I made up lists of needed equipment to hand out before buying animals and found most people just don't pay attention. Some do, but they are probably destined to be great keepers anyway. I will talk someone out of a purchase I know is wrong for them. Face it, many animal vendors just don't care what their customers do with an animal or how they treat it. The better websites will warn buyers of the expenses they should expect, but they don't tend to be seller sites generally. One of my primo pet peeves is the "beginner chameleon special: 1 pair veileds, 20 gal Reptarium, 1 18" VitaLite, silk plants, etc." type bargain ads. They are setting customers up with disaster and misery for those veileds. Personally, I think sites with these types of ads should be prosecuted for cruelty. Sorry for the vent.