Just because I have a bunch of snakes that reproduce and sell for coin, doesn't mean that I can't be a hobbyist. The two are NOT mutually exclusive.
Haven't ya ever heard that saying "Never mix business with pleasure" ?
IMO, there is a big difference between someone that keeps reptiles as a hobby and someone that keeps large collections for breeding and selling purposes. Not that either one is bad, but you have to admit, once you start selling anything in large scale, the $$$ part of it gets in the way of the true feelings of the hobby. You start looking at your collection with money in mind. Like you said Jeff, you would never sell one of your female BP's for less than $1000.
My only point is that you put price tags on animals, rather than being satisfied that it is going to a good home. They start thinking about how much cash that animal can put in their pocket, rather than the happiness it will bring the person that gets to keep it. Seriously, what kind of BP is it, a rare morph or something? I mean, I have a BP and in no way, shape or form is it worth $1000. I guess if I bred it and sold the babies, then yeah, it has a dollar value, but that's my point. I dont think like a breeder. I am considering just giving it to one of my other friends that wants it. A good friend of mine gave me a beautiful BCI, that I have had for 3 yrs now. If he were a breeder that made lots of cash off of reptiles, I doubt highly he would have just givin it to me. I just think that the $$$ changes your frame of mind.
Don't take this the wrong way, everyone has a right to make lots of money from something they enjoy doing. BUT..if it were for the true love of the hobby, you would not see the outlandish prices for some of the reptiles out there. For instance..on another site there are Type II Albino Retics for $7,500-$15,000. That is completely nuts IMO. Those kinds of prices make it almost impossible for the average person to enjoy keeping as a pet. Just my thoughts...again..im not putting anyone down...playing devil's advocate if you will.