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Big Fate 05-13-2011 08:14 PM

Ridiculous Goldfish prices!
 
Can someone please explain this to me, because I'm lost and don't understand why people actually pay Top Tier prices for some Goldfish?

I've been on a few Goldfish Auction sites and noticed they go anywhere from 49.99-299.99 for one fish?

Does this fish come with a pedigree? lol I'm assuming they are show only fish but really?

I see the same Orandas at my LFS for 29.99 tops. Also I just purchased a Calico Ryukin for 14.99 then saw the same one that looked very identical on a auction site for 129.99?!

Can someone please break this down to me.. I'm just no getting it. :confused:

amberjade 05-13-2011 08:30 PM

Yeah, a lot of the expensive fish are show fish - selective breeding and all that. But basically, the way I see it, something is only worth as much as someone is willing to pay. Someone buying from a business perspective will be more calculating and perhaps more conservative than someone buying from the heart.
So - to each their own, really.
Oh, and I saw an albino betta for sale with a buy it now of $2000 once!
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brownmane 05-13-2011 08:37 PM

:dunno: Maybe fish are like any other pet. Look at what people pay for some types of dogs and cats.

Big Fate 05-13-2011 08:42 PM

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Originally Posted by amberjade (Post 673388)
Yeah, a lot of the expensive fish are show fish - selective breeding and all that. But basically, the way I see it, something is only worth as much as someone is willing to pay. Someone buying from a business perspective will be more calculating and perhaps more conservative than someone buying from the heart.
So - to each their own, really.
Oh, and I saw an albino betta for sale with a buy it now of $2000 once!
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Thats crazy 2000 dollars!! I guess if people willing to dish that kinda money out for a fish then more power to them...

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Originally Posted by brownmane (Post 673390)
:dunno: Maybe fish are like any other pet. Look at what people pay for some types of dogs and cats.

No comparison... Fish is a great pet to keep, but, is no dog.

Atleast my dog will guard my house lol Whats the 300 dollar fish gonna do? Hop out his tank and fish tackle the theif? lol

brownmane 05-13-2011 08:57 PM

No comparison... Fish is a great pet to keep, but, is no dog.

Atleast my dog will guard my house lol Whats the 300 dollar fish gonna do? Hop out his tank and fish tackle the theif? lol[/quote]

Good one! I have 3 attack cats:lol:

Bigguy71 05-13-2011 11:01 PM

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Originally Posted by amberjade (Post 673388)
Yeah, a lot of the expensive fish are show fish - selective breeding and all that. But basically, the way I see it, something is only worth as much as someone is willing to pay. Someone buying from a business perspective will be more calculating and perhaps more conservative than someone buying from the heart.
So - to each their own, really.
Oh, and I saw an albino betta for sale with a buy it now of $2000 once!
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$2000 , did it come with a 20 karat gold trimmed betta bowl? I bought a pure white, not clear whitish body for $17. you cant go on certain webs sites or auctions because everyone involved wants to make there cut. I also bought a zebra pleco L46 15 years ago & paid 50, went to see about another recently they average 195.00 online and my LPS said 120.00

amberjade 05-14-2011 03:13 AM

It's crazy! And what guarantee do you have that the fish is for real?
Granted, real albino bettas are rare - and I'm talking the pink eyes and all. But I would never consider buying a pet - rare, show, breeder, species - for that kind of money. I'll just admire pics of them! LOL
Yeah, the more people involved, the more money is involved. Crazy, like I said.
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Big Fate 05-14-2011 04:33 PM

I guess it comes down to breeding.

If you cross 2 30 dollar fishes you probably end up with a feeder.

But if you cross 2 300 dollar fish you'd probably end up with a 30 dollar fish... which you can then double your money up if you know what you're doing...

But, just for a pet.... NO WAY

redchigh 05-14-2011 04:46 PM

Actually it's more than that.. If the average joe tried to breed fish, then you're right.. They'd be valuable, but worth less than the parents...

A pro breeder can get the offspring, cull the inferior ones, and end up with fish more valuable than the ones he started with.

Also, ever heard of fish shows? You can win a lot of money... And albino bettas being rare is an understatement...

Pretty much anything can be bred to be albino and sold... (albino tetras, cories, etc) but no one has ever figured out how to breed them...

Big Fate 05-14-2011 04:58 PM

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Originally Posted by redchigh (Post 673976)
Actually it's more than that.. If the average joe tried to breed fish, then you're right.. They'd be valuable, but worth less than the parents...

A pro breeder can get the offspring, cull the inferior ones, and end up with fish more valuable than the ones he started with.

Also, ever heard of fish shows? You can win a lot of money... And albino bettas being rare is an understatement...

Pretty much anything can be bred to be albino and sold... (albino tetras, cories, etc) but no one has ever figured out how to breed them...

I've been wanting to get more in depth of breeding... if you really know what you're doing you could make a killing...


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