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Old 06-13-04, 11:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Expo spoils ??

Hey just wanted too see what everyone ended up getting from the expo. I persnoally got myself a beautiful little female suriname boa constrictor from Port Credit and my buddy got himself his third bearded dragon from Capital Dragons. Pics will be coming soon....
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Old 06-13-04, 11:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i got my dad a nice vieled chameleon......but as for me....nothing really cought my eye......also i would like to give props to JORDON for having some of the more interesting animals at his table

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I got 1000 mealworms, "Dragonshack" Calcicum dust, and that's it. I saw some nice stuff, but I wasn't planning on getting anything.
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A friend of mine got a fire crested gecko ...I picked up 1000 crickets ... but nothing really caught my eye ...and thats a good thing ...lol
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never got much but i was suprised the port credit had 2 big chams! for 250 not bad imo

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Does anyone ever BUY anything at the shows, or do people just go because its a cheap zoo with wicked animals to see up close?

I think the US shows have us beat there. People move TONS of animals at the shows. Whenever there's a post "what did you get at the show?" here, all there ever is is "crickets, a 10 gallon aquarium, some driftwood, frozen pinkies, I got to hold an iguana, I bought a leo baby, etc etc etc".

LOL! Poor vendors! I salute your determination guys and gals. Its a TUFF business out there.
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Thats EXACTLY what be and my friend were talking about...i was just helping out at the table, but he had a bunch of cresteds and a leopard gecko he wanted 600 for. It is a good price for the morph it is, but he obcviosuly didnt sell it. He said exactly what you said, people just buy cheep leopard geckos at like 40 bucks and the bare necessities..no one ever buys a big animal or anything. We barely bought our table! And we didnt sell any animals, just a couple hats...i was pretty bumbed causs it got really boring to see people actually come up to the table, say they wanna get this and walk away...if you want it, get it! lol

Well said jeff...well said
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i got my dad a nice vieled chameleon......but as for me....nothing really cought my eye......also i would like to give props to JORDON for having some of the more interesting animals at his table

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hey man, thanks .

I would espeshily like to thank Steve Marks, and overcoming his fears of cutting all his hair off. Great cause man! I personally am really proud that you did that.

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Ditto, good going Steve!
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I was there but I didn't buy anything. Speaking strictly about geckos, every table seemed to have the same thing: leopards and cresteds. Only one table really had a different, unique species of gecko. I brought a wad of cash with me just in case but I didn't see anything new.

But I will say this: if I stop at your table and I'm the only one there, say hi or make eye contact or something. Some vendors ignored me and sat twiddling their thumbs. This was at about 9:30 so I know they couldn't have been too tired or bored. Anyway, it made me feel uncomfortable so I just moved along.
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Yeah, you gotta say hi and network. For sure. I mean, especially because of the internet now, even if the customer that comes by your table doesn't want anything right then and there, they might later, or they might have 15 friends that want something. And if you make that personal contact and that connection with the fellow herper, it can only help for future sales.

Hey, you're ALREADY at the show, might as well make the most of it by getting your name and personality out there!

Good posts spidergecko and Bartman.
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I got 3 awesome Boas from BigDan, I have pictures posted in another post. I usually come home from the show with at least one new snake. But theres never enough boas at the show

Jeff is that the reason you never come out here for the shows?


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In the words of a buyer.....


I went to my first show in Red Deer last August, I'm pretty sure Jeff was there. I would have to agree with every point Spidergecko made. When I was there, only two people took the time to make eye contact, get up out of their chair and try to SELL their animals. Those two people were the only two people I bought from. I can vouch for spidergecko's comment on the sellers twidling their thumbs. Lots of them just looked ticked off and I didn't want to say 'Hey, could I take a look at this?' Your mood will set the mood of the buyer, even if you have to fake it. Business is business.

You've got to want to SELL SELL SELL your product or animal. And if all you have are leopard geckos and cresteds, you better be willing to compete with the other merchants at the shows and be able to keep the buyer interested.

Another thing is pricing, I thought pricing was supposed to be good at shows? Man, I was disappointed, it was just like retail pricing. There were only a few good deals like 2 for 1, or 50% off, or getting something free like a dust or cup of feeders or a choice of what you want with the purchase of a live animal. And if you have a deal, make sure to let us know, make a big red sign saying **50% OFF TODAY ONLY** or SOMETHING, lots of people didn't have any advertising, just a table and some cages. The best deal I saw at the show I was at (and I bought because of it) were two blizzard leos for $100. Now that's a pretty damn good deal if you ask me.

Another thing I noticed was the selection. Cheers to those that are adventerous in the herping realm.

Positive things...hmmm. There was an obvious aura of euphoria with people happy buying things, but I can't say much for the majority of the sellers. I would just say be a little more positive and welcoming, if you're excited, I'm excited, and as far as pricing goes....Jeff, I'd say that's why the US has us beat. You can get a jackson's chameleon down there for 40$...up here it's 150$ at the least.

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But I will say this: if I stop at your table and I'm the only one there, say hi or make eye contact or something. Some vendors ignored me and sat twiddling their thumbs. This was at about 9:30 so I know they couldn't have been too tired or bored. Anyway, it made me feel uncomfortable so I just moved along.
It's almost funny how bad some breeders are at selling/marketing their reptiles at the shows. They are reptile breeders, not used car salespeople but still, look at other breeders displays, find out what you like and/or don't like about them and try to improve on it. It's not that hard! lol

The eye contact thing is just obvious though... it's amazing how far you can get just by talking to a passer-by... not trying to "hock" your reptiles like a carnie... just chat with them. You both love reptiles... chat about them. Then rope 'em in! Sales 101... lol
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