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Old 07-31-03, 10:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Who buy's them??

Hello i have seen some of the high end snakes for sale and some snake's sell for like $3,000 +. Beside's breeders who would go out and drop 3,000 + on one snake. Don't get me wrong if life was easy i would probably buy one but what i would like to know is there alot of people out their that just drop $3,000 for a pet snake. And what make's these snakes worth that much.

How many of you would buy a $3,000 + pet snake?

Maybe some high end snake breeders can help me out with this question

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Old 07-31-03, 10:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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talk to Corey Woods about that...he's got some KILLER stuff. I think I saw one (which I'm told is like orgasmic almost! haha) that was $11000. that is eleven thousand dollars for those that can not decipher numbers. HOLY CRAP. I can barely afford to buy two BRB's on a teacher's salary. damn. so $3000 almost seems reasonable...ALMOST. lol...
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I would!!!

There are some species that I would drop MORE than 3,000 for. At present, my boyfriend and I both want a somewhat middle end snake, and we are thinking around 1000, and even at this point we don't even like anything higher than that really even if we had a million bucks! LOL . 3000 is a more, but even at that the REAL high end snakes are worth 10,000+ Should they be? I have no clue nor do I care. If you want what you want, then ya gotta pay the price!

How many people would buy a 100,000 car, a ferrari or whatever? Lots. They are car hobbyists just like we are reptile hobbyists.

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I would guess some rich Torono businessmen wouldn't mind having one in their office as a phalic symbol...haha... just an idea.
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if you give me 3000 i'll buy it!! LOL
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I will gladly sink $3000 into a snake when I have it. Snakes like Womas/Blackheads are extremely expensive, but extremely worth it in my opinion. Now, some of the designer ball pythons I just don't get. I realize they are rare, but come on.... I've even seen one advertised on here for $40,000 CDN. (Many of you have seen it... it was very recent.) NO OFFENSE intended to the person who posted it... it's a gorgeous snake. But 40 grand? That's 1/3 the cost of a HOUSE! I wish the person (Can't remember offhand who it was) the BEST of luck. If it sells, TELL US so we know where the party will be!
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I dunno if i would spend that much $$$ on a snake, but i guess if i had the extra cash i would.

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Simple. Its not people that buy "pet" snakes. Its an investment. And pretty much the most lucrative investment outside of drugs, except snakes are legal!

Its not the average Joe-Blow that's going out and spending $10 Large on a Ball or Boa morph. Its the professional breeders that are. Heck, some people think its crazy to even spend $20 on buying a reptile for a pet? What do you say to them? Its all perspective man. I can't believe people pay $150,000 for a car that can be out-performed by a $45,000 car. Why do people buy $750,000 7-bedroom homes when there's only 3 people in the family? But I digress.....


Its not the every-day 15 year old who wants a snake for a pet that buys an investment snake. Heck, out of the 3,000 members here, I bet there's only 60-80 people that have ever actually bred anything (INCLUDING Leopard Geckos and Beardies!). They aren't buying Ball Morphs. Nope. Its the breeders who have bred snakes and lizards for years and want something different. I have bred Ball Pythons for 8 years now, why would I go buy another normal one when I have had hundreds pass through my hands? They all start to look the same. Don't get me wrong, ALL snakes (actually, all animals) are cool. But If I can trade 10 baby normal balls for something different (say a Pastel) then why not? Doesn't cost me anything if I produce 30 Balls in a year. I just trade some in for a different (but not better) model. No biggie.

You see, if you bred a $200 animal (say a boa) and it had 15 babies, then that would be $3,000. You didn't work 8 hrs a day for 4 weeks straight to earn that money, so in a sense, it doesn't hurt too bad to flip it back into your hobby, right? Well $3,000 can buy you a pretty cool snake. Now say you bred those. Well they produce you 10 babies @ $3,000 and now all of a sudden, you have $30,000 to play with and float back into your hobby. Its funny money. No real work was involved. Just you, doing your hobby, doing what you love. How cool is that? Very cool.

So to summarize: these expensive snakes are not meant for the novice herper who goes to the pet store and buys a 10 gallon and a Leopard Gecko and a hot rock and a UV light etc etc. These morphs are bought and traded by people who have made reptiles their life. People who have made money from the hobby and don't really want to buy anything other than more snakes. And let me tell you, I'd rather own a Clown Ball Python than 250 MORE Rainbow boas!!

But why would snakes surprise you? so many more things surprise me. Why would people spend hundreds on Beanie Babies? Why do people spend thousands on their Star Wars collections (gay). Why do people buy a new PC every 3 months to play the latest Unreal, Doom, or Quake games? Why do people spend $4,000 on a car stereo system when all it sounds like it white noise at that volume? Why? Because people want to and in the Free World, we seem to have disposabl income to burn.
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Invictus.... that is more like what i was trying to say like the ball python's and boa's go for so much cash. And what i wanted to know was if it is mostly breeders that buy them. Or is there alot of people out there the buy them for a pet and not to breed.?

Marisa.... i can see someone paying big buck for a high end car Because the car can be used for many of things and if it dies you can always fix it were as the snake will sit there in its enclosure and look at you waiting for you to feed him and if he dies there is no fixing him...lol

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well put Jeff.
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Thanks Jeff you cleared it up for me but all i really wanted to know was is there alot of people that don't breed or anything buying these snake's not why they buy them i could not get the word's out for the question i am asking

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Old 07-31-03, 11:34 PM   #12 (permalink)
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go check out corey's new ad in the class. section, canadian, snakes. $10500. gorgeous snake though... and i'm sure worth every penny and then some. but it can't be just breeders buying these snakes. if it were, then who would buy all the babies, and the babies babies, etc.?
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Well put Jeff

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but all i really wanted to know was is there alot of people that don't breed or anything buying these snake's not why they buy them i could not get the word's out for the question i am asking
For the most part, as stated above, the high end morphs are traded and sold amongst other high end breeders. Of course you do have the occassional hobbyist that will aquire one as part of a collection... not to breed, but these are few and far between. Typically these investment quality animals are purchased by breeders.
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I know that if I had the extra cash just flying around I would think nothing of putting 3000$ into a snake. But then again I am a budding breeder.....sometime in the future that is, when I feel I have enough knowledge and money to breed! Herps are very addicting, almost more than tattoos!
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Old 08-01-03, 01:12 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Thanks Linds

sapphire_moon i know what you mean about addicting like tattoos i have 25 tat's my self

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