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Old 05-31-2004, 01:19 PM   #11
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after replying to this and the one at reptile advice, I found another, similar post and I just couldn't hold my tounge. Basically my response was pure ignorance... Either the salesperson didn't know, or didn't care and just wanted to make money... either way it is quite ignorant of them. The problem with a lot of todays workers, especially in low paying jobs, is that they don't care about what they are doing... I'm guessing most of the people here, if stuck in a burger flipping, dish washing kind of job, would not be happy and wouldn't be giving 100%... I know there are people who would, but most people today aren't happy with their jobs and it shows. And todays "young people" aren't very happy or motivated... no offense to anyone here but I think you all know what I'm saying. Basically, if I were running a business like a pet store I would pay based on experience... If someone came into a store I was at and knew a lot, was friendly and helpful, they would get paid more than a person that's been there a year and doesn't do anything... Also, I would have loads of info like care sheets and books around that my employees would be required to read and be tested on in order to work in certain departments and get raises and such. But that's just me. I helped out at a pet store before as well, but I didn't get paid, and I was also smart enought to say "I don't know" but I'd look stuff up for people. I would try to find it in a book we had on hand and if I couldn't find an answer then, I would go home and search the net for the info... That's how I found these sites... I would sometimes even get a customers phone number so I could call them and tell them the kind of info they were looking for...
Oh well... too tired and frustrated to think of anything else to say... I do know how hard it is to speak up, I myself am quite shy about stuff like that, but for the animals it is a life and death situation... I think we need to start a section here on training us the consumers how to go about changing things at those pet stores...

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Oh the things people will do for the almighty dollar.
Yeah but aren't lepoard Gekos much, much more expensive than iguannas?

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True, but I was speaking pet stores in general....they'll lie to sell you anything!

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aren't lepoard Gekos much, much more expensive than iguannas
well.... depending on the age the actual animal(gecko) will cost more but... When you consider how large an iguana will get and the size setup that is really required as well as many other factors, an iguana could be quite expensive... Who knows... they could have had stolen goods there or something and were trying to unload an iguana, a dog cage, and some live food...
they'll lie to sell you anything
It's either that or they just have no clue what they are doing, or both...
only one thing left I can say, as Charlie Brown might say it... "Oh brother..."
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Yeah but aren't lepoard Gekos much, much more expensive than iguannas?
Yes leos are generally a bit more expensive per animal, unless your talking about some of the 'exotic' morphs, some of the prices on those are unbelievable. Prices on both these animals aren't THAT much different here, $15 for a baby iggy, $25 for a baby leo. But, as Millipede stated, by the time you factor in the caging and 'special' needs of an iguana, it will end up costing much more in the long run to own/keep an iguana. As an example, you can keep a leo gecko in a 10 gallon tank ($8 here) it's entire life, add on a screen $10, substrate $6, and a couple dozen crickets a week $2. With iguanas, a baby can live in a 35 gallon($55+) for about 3 months, then it will need moved into a cage approx. 36X18X36 ($150), as an adult they need a min. of 48X24X72 ($200-$400) sized cage, UV fluoresent lights ($20-25) which needs replacing every 6 months, and the cost of fresh fruits and veggies daily (approx. $30-35 a month). All in all, a much bigger responsibilty than a Leo. Also, you'll need to have an iguana under your care for upwards of 30yrs, whereas Leos, much more than 10yrs would be a stretch. Definately not an animal for everyone.


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