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    The REAL reason for dropping prices?

    Why are people selling 08s so cheap? I just saw fires for 700. Do people start selling at lower prices because 07s are older and larger so they feel they must drop their prices for 08s? A lot of 07s being sold are pretty small, around 400 grams. I just saw an ad for an 07 that was said "over 350 grams!" with an exclamation point like that was a big deal. Are you kidding me? Give me 4 or 5 months with a baby and he'll be 400 grams. I'd rather pay 700 for a baby morph than 1200 for a year old that isn't even that big.

    I understand that prices will drop. But why are breeders selling morphs for so cheap at the very beginning of the season? They have plenty of time to sell them, why rush? There is no one else selling the morphs for cheaper. They are the first ones!!! I don't see a lot of 08s for sale as of yet. No one is low balling them so why are they starting the season off at such a dramatic price difference?

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    Re: The REAL reason for dropping prices?

    That's a free market for ya.

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    Re: The REAL reason for dropping prices?

    this may be the first clutch of some relatively new breeders and they are tryin to make a quick buk????? i dunno jus an opinion

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    Re: The REAL reason for dropping prices?

    I actually like it.
    Gives me a chance to acquire animals I couldn't a year ago.
    Even selling for lower prices, you still make good money.
    Even with pastels, you get 5 of them and they are all males, sell them for $100 each, and you still made a nice return.
    Lower prices means more people can afford the animals.
    Heck, maybe one day I'll be able to afford a crystal.

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    Re: The REAL reason for dropping prices?

    Some possible reasons I see.

    A lot of relatively new breeders realize they can not ask what the big guys are as they have no reputation as a seller at this time and when given a choice between a nobody in the industry and a big name I think most people will go with the big name all other factors being the same. Also once the larger breeders have their 08's out a lot of people will buy from them without even looking around.

    Also I think the current economy is hitting a lot of small breeders hard. They need to get some cash moving to pay bills, be it general house hold bills or the credit bills it took to get them moving. Additionally if the economy gets tighter or is already tight enough more people will start cutting luxuries out of their spending, and ball python morphs are not high on the list of things needed to live. Breeders could be looking at capitalizing while and if they can.

    Additionally some people are looking at the pricing from reptile expos early this year and think those prices actually reflect the market as a whole. We will have to see if that is true or not, but by low balling early they could end up creating a trend.

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    Re: The REAL reason for dropping prices?

    Supply, demand, and a very sloooow economy.

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    Re: The REAL reason for dropping prices?

    I have talked with a breeder with low prices and I was told it had to do with the shows. He said people can go out to a show and purchase the same morph much cheaper and not have to pay shipping. It doesn't bother me one bit what I could have gotten in the fall for $2500 I just bought for $900.
    It also has a lot to do with the economy. This will probably be my last purchase for a while. Gas prices are hitting me hard.
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    Re: The REAL reason for dropping prices?

    Ah, shows. I haven't been to any yet this year. That makes sense.

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    Re: The REAL reason for dropping prices?

    yea id go to shows but when i have to drive 79 miles each way and my car only take premium gas.... i have to sit them out

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    Re: The REAL reason for dropping prices?

    Quote Originally Posted by SPJ View Post
    I actually like it.
    Gives me a chance to acquire animals I couldn't a year ago.
    Even selling for lower prices, you still make good money.
    Even with pastels, you get 5 of them and they are all males, sell them for $100 each, and you still made a nice return.
    Lower prices means more people can afford the animals.
    Heck, maybe one day I'll be able to afford a crystal.
    Yup, I think this new market can be a good thing.

    Think of it in a pyramid style fashion. Only a few at the top can afford the big ticket items.

    As you go down in the pyramid, the number of people that can afford certain animals only grows. While you wont see an immediate return like you would if the animals cost more, you DO have more and more people able to afford those animals, and you'll sell out quicker than before.

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