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Most reliable tarantula seller?

Discussion in 'Seller/Buyer/Shop Inquiries/Warnings' started by Traume, Aug 2, 2019.

  1. Traume

    Traume Arachnopeon


    Recently, I've been doing research on purchasing a good beginner tarantula. My current top picks are a Honduran curlyhair (Brachypelma albopilosum) [preferably] or a desert blonde (Aphonopelma chalcodes) [a close second, could def. settle for one]. I've been checking out a few sellers for these two. I can't reliably find proof that local pet stores offer these two breeds, so I've resorted to look through the wild world of online sellers. I'm checking out the closest seller (Carolina Biological), though I can't find many reviews. However, they are a major and professional company. They seem very legitimate, but I would like to know if anyone here has purchased from them. Additionally, I've gathered that sites like Backwater Reptiles are massively unreliable and Swift's Inverts is truly the way to go (universally positive reviews, it seems). Is the hype worth it? Swift's offers a money order option which I intend to utilize. Anyone else purchased tarantulas from Swift this way? I know that the guaranteed "live on arrival" shipping cost with a minimum $20 order totals to $65 USD. Sure, that's more than $20, but I think it would be 100% worth it if Swift is that good a seller. But I'm not just inquiring about Swift's, obviously... Any other sellers you would recommend, especially when buying either of these two breeds? And should I choose Carolina Biological or Swift's? Looking for a seller that is preferably well known, respected, trustworthy, honest, reliable, and not a drain on the ol' wallet. :') Thanks. I'd love to hear some of your personal experiences (and advice- I'm torn between the two sellers...!). Until next time...

    Last edited: Aug 2, 2019
  2. Ungoliant

    Ungoliant Malleus Aranearum Staff Member

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  3. Theneil

    Theneil Arachnoprince Active Member

    There are many reliable sellers out there. and usually if you search the AB reviews section you can find a review page on just about anywhere that sells Ts.

    A couple side notes. Many of the chain petstores sell juvie-adult B. albopilosum (curly hair tarantula) but in my experience they i believe they are all WC of the ‘nicuragua’ variety not the honduran.

    Also, Pretty much any good seller will offer a LAG on overnight shipping, and MANY sellers will offer LAG on shipping up to 3 days. A well packaged tarantula will survive quite a while in a shipping box. If i am not mistaken, shipping in Europe is routinely close to a week, and brown boxers often post that they got their stuff after a couple weeks and some survived (I AM NOT PROMOTING BROWN BOXING!! i am simply using it as a reassuring example)

    Personally, i have not ordered from swifts or any of the other ‘big name vendors’. Fearnot, Jaimies, swifts, Net-bug, Pincers and pokies, etc, except for my GF bought me a gift from palp friction. I usually try to buy direct from breeders or import pre-order because i can get the best prices (and i usally try to buy 5-10x and sell half). I have had very few bad experiences with ordering in this hobby.