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Old 12-18-2018, 08:00 AM
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Re: More on pet store prices..

Well, again, it's because of where you're located in the US...The further south you drive, the cheaper the prices in both bird shops and especially from private breeders get. That's why I drove 9 hours to get Kane, I would have paid around $1,000 for him (Senegal) in PA or NJ, but in NC I paid $400...Kane's breeder told me it's because of the massive number of parrot breeders in the area, he told me Georgia and Florida are the least expensive states to buy a parrot from a breeder because there are just so many breeders and shops...And he was right. I've checked out some shops in FL and some private breeders in Georgia and Florida, and their prices are less than half of what they would be in PA, OH, NJ, NY, etc. And if you even look on the Craigslist pages, the further south you go the crazier the "re-homing" fees on parrots get...There are so many Green Cheek Conures being sold and re-homed down south that you can buy a hand-raised baby for the same price as a Cockatiel up north...
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Old 12-18-2018, 08:20 AM
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Re: More on pet store prices..

Dang, I thought our PetCo thinking they could charge $800 for a blue Quaker was outrageous lol. I saw they recently lowered them to $500 and one did sell, but the other is still sitting there. It's just crazy to me considering you can go across town or to the next major city over and buy them direct from the breeders for a fraction of that price, not FL imports. I know PetCo is largely marked up (I specialize in reptiles and the prices they try and get for really sub-par animals is hilarious) but their markup on birds is next level.
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Old 12-18-2018, 08:28 AM
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Re: More on pet store prices..

Sam was 11 weeks old in 1983 and cost $500. I thought that was a lot then. Wow, how the prices have gone up. At my age, if I wanted another bird, I would get an older rescue. I couldn't imagine getting a baby bird now!
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