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Wholesalers, Flippers and Breeders: The differences

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Mon, January 17 2011 at 11:21

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Heather - I feel you've done a pretty good job of presenting the differences impartially. Fortunately, as a commenter, I don't have to be impartial! lol

btw, none of these comments are directed at you as I don't know your position. They're simply another POV.

I believe that flippers and wholesalers get a bad reputation for what amounts to, poor planning on the part of a hobbyist or breeder.

If hobbyist's and breeders would do more research into their market, they could easily determine how much interest there was in a particular litter. Low interest? Don't breed. It's pretty simple.

Their lack of effort in this area is what necessitates the role of a flipper or wholesaler.

Another area for improvement on the part of hobbyists and breeders is selective breeding. How many boas (I'm a boa guy and don't really pay attention to much else) are produced that are of low visual quality when the parents were also low visual quality? Most of them. That's how many! lol Simply buying better looking stock for breeding purposes would immediately improve the marketability of a particular project and therefore, reduce the need for a flipper or wholesaler.

There's another reason for flippers and wholesalers. The buying public. Sometimes, they're a P.I.T.A. Being part of the buying public, I know this firsthand :-) haha! But seriously, sometimes, it's just not worth it to deal with John Q. Public and to avoid that headache, some will turn to flippers and wholesalers.

Bottom line is, flippers and wholesalers wouldn't have a job if it weren't for breeders and hobbyists. So, if one looks down upon their chosen profession, perhaps they should first "look in the mirror".

Check out my blog "The Price Of Quality" for a little more info :-)
http://www.kingsnake.com/blog/archives/371-The-Price-of-Quality.html

jb
#1 Jonathan_Brady (Homepage) on 2011-01-17 16:26 (Reply)
Excellent points have been made here with regards to responsible breeding and informed buying. A few other things to consider:

Not everyone who is interested in breeding reptiles can afford or even wants to work with the high-end or morph animals from the start. People shouldn't be discouraged from pursuing their interests and gaining valuable experience with husbandry even if all they can afford is "ugly snakes", or they prefer pure wild-type animals....as long as they take responsibility for their offspring. Get over the phenotype-elitism! At the end of the day, they're still the same species with the same behaviors and the same captive care requirements. It's all about doing the best you can for and with your animals, and being responsible.

Don't forget, there will always be a market for affordable, healthy, captive bred "pet quality" animals, and "beginner" types. Just like there will remain market for the latest, greatest, visually stunning animals. It is important to put forth the effort for both. Look at how far the hobby/industry has come in the last couple decades. Making captive bred as easily obtainable and affordable to the public as wild caught has huge conservation implications for many species!

Also, breeders of larger species ESPECIALLY need to be concerning themselves with the public- no matter how much of a headache it can be. It's from this demographic that the irresponsible few who make mistakes leading to legislation tend to come from! Working only with the high-end market is like preaching to the choir. The greatest potential impact towards the future of the hobby/industry comes from working with and educating the public.
#2 Amanda on 2011-01-18 14:15 (Reply)
To call pet stores wholesalers is completely wrong. There is a whole other word that describes what pet stores do. RETAIL!!!!

Anyone who buys from a wholesaler and marks up the goods is a retailer, or merchant.
#3 Erik on 2011-04-04 10:45 (Reply)

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