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    Backwater Reptiles: Good or Bad?

    Iv seen so many horrible reviews towards these guys, from people saying they ripped them off to not even shipping the reptile they paid for. And that the owner posts his own positive reviews.

    Now iv been in contact with Sam and he seems really cool, he even answers all of my annoying questions. But im not sure what to think, i want to do business with them but google is FILLED with so many bad reviews towards them.

    Has anybody here personally done business with these guys?
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    Re: Backwater Reptiles: Good or Bad?

    If you have doubts, why would you even risk it when there are so many known good dealers out there? I don't care what business we're talking about, once an owner feels the need to post positive reviews on their own behalf, that's enough for me to steer clear...be it a restaurant, landscaping service, or live animal business.

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    You do make a valid point Rob. They just have a nice selection and good prices. I just wanted to get to the bottom of all the rumors.
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    I just checked out their site and honestly their snakes are overpriced. If I were you I would take my business else ware.
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    Re: Backwater Reptiles: Good or Bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by drama x View Post
    They just have a nice selection and good prices.
    Quote Originally Posted by The Serpent Merchant View Post
    I just checked out their site and honestly their snakes are overpriced.
    Prices aside, whether they are good or "overpriced"...I don't know a thing about this company, but numerous bad reviews are a flag(unless good reviews outnumber the bad by a ridiculous margin), as is the owner posting reviews on himself.

    Don't let prices motivate your purchases...we're dealing with animals here, if you're constantly on the hunt for the so called "good deal", you're bound to get burned.

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    Re: Backwater Reptiles: Good or Bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by RobNJ View Post
    Prices aside, whether they are good or "overpriced"...I don't know a thing about this company, but numerous bad reviews are a flag(unless good reviews outnumber the bad by a ridiculous margin), as is the owner posting reviews on himself.

    Don't let prices motivate your purchases...we're dealing with animals here, if you're constantly on the hunt for the so called "good deal", you're bound to get burned.
    I completely agree. I was just saying that in addition to what you had already said I didn't think that their prices were that good anyway so there really wouldn't be any reason to deal with them.
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    This is about the bad reviews guys, im just trying to see if the rumors are true. I want to hear the comments from people who have actually bought from this business.
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    Re: Backwater Reptiles: Good or Bad?

    Backwater Reptiles=BAD
    I just had a devastating experience with them because I didn't read reviews or research them more throughly before buying...
    I recently bought a 2011 normal retic from them, I specifically asked for a female and when the owner emailed me to confirm the order I asked how "she" was sexed, and he said by probing through his "experts" I got the snake and a few weeks later popped "her" just to be sure and it was in fact a male. Its really not that difficult to sex a snake... But another concern I had was when I received the snake he had a huge white bump protruding off his head, I sent a picture of it tithe owner and he said it would just go away. He's been on a normal feeding schedule and actually just she'd, and pooped today, then he went for a soak in his water, I took him out and he was fine and active, and put him back and just checked on him and he's dead. When I found my little baby dead, I was obviously devastated, and then did some digging and found many more dissatisfied customers who have received sick animals. I mean how could he know if it was sick, or if it was sexed properly if HE'S IN CALIFORNIA AND HIS SNAKE DROPSHIPPER IS IN FLORIDA?!?!? And, why would he go on forums and make fake names to write good reviews for his company?? If its really that good, he shouldnt have to do that. That's totally unacceptable and irresponsible.
    In the long run, I really should have done my research before buying, I saw the nicely put together website and the decent prices and dove right in, BAD IDEA ON MY PART.
    But that's just my experience. If I were you I wouldn't trust this company with my life, nevermind the life of an animal.

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    I had actually looked into Backwater Reptiles awhile ago - I must say, I am GLAD I never bought from them.
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    Re: Backwater Reptiles: Good or Bad?

    I got my 2 bps from there and my little sisters ribbon snake all in good health and such! and im getting a water monitor and a frilled dragon soon from there as well.. theyre good and the owner keeps in contact with me constantly, i asked him to let me knowwhenthe water monitors get back in stock <3 i must have one... since i had a good experience with them im getting all my little pets over there from now on.. lol unless my local shop has some, but I got my two babies from there, ill be doing a videodiary on them after a week or two to see how its doingfrom time to time (:
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