jeff, i didnt see the original thread, but from reading what you said, i fully agree with you. Unfortunately, i think price affects what people buy all too much.
IMO, it IS creating a disposible market, becasue too many people think that they can either just get another one if it dies, or just take the loss 'cause it didnt cost too much.
Furthermore, and this may be off topic a bit, and i know that price is regulated by supply and demand, but it makes me feel uncomfortable that one can buy a WC black mamba for like $250.
people that have no hot experience and want to keep the worlds "deadliest land snake" can get them so readily and they will becasuse they dont cost too too much....and this of course leads to more animal abuse and maybe some dead keepers.
anyways thats just my opinion