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Pros - Packaging, fairness, communication, health of spiders
Cons - None
Steve reached out to me shortly after his E. truculentus matured, as he found an old thread of mine referencing an immature female. As fate would have it, my female molted literally the day before he reached out to me, and she turned out to be sexually mature. After waiting awhile for weather to accommodate, we shipped out spiders.
Firstly, I have to commend Steve on his packaging. Bar none, this was the best packing job I've ever seen. Those spiders could have survived being kicked down the street in that box - people need to take lessons from him.
Secondly, his actions in this trade earn him an immense amount of respect from me. We discussed that he would get my AF E. sp. "Green" for his MM E. truculentus. It was left at that for weeks. The day he shipped out, I got an email telling me that he sent me the MM along with an IM of the same species. His reasoning was that my female was worth more than his single male, which I was fully aware of. I planned on recouping my money by breeding his male, but he made it so we had an even monetary trade regardless. This was beyond a freebie spider. We agreed on a trade, and he literally doubled his offer without even telling me ahead of time. This shows what kind of person he is, and because of that I will certainly do business with him again in the future.
Finally and briefly, his communication was excellent throughout the process. He even messaged me to tell me the spiders arrived not even five minutes after delivery. Not much more to say there.
I couldn't recommend Steve any higher. If you ever have the opportunity to do business with him, do not hesitate.
Pros - Great communication. Skillful hobbyist. Healthy specimen. Friendly, knowledgeable, and caring. An overall wonderful experience.
Cons - ZERO TO NONE
Steve contacted me last month to mention that his male Avicularia metallica had matured and if I was interested. He knew I have been looking for one for quite some time, and he immediately messaged me. Who does that?! A true and passionate person who goes beyond most peoples measures. This guy. I excitingly took him up on it, and offered a trade which he agreed on. Steve and I became good friends, just from this transaction, and we continue to be. This hobby needs more caring members in it. If anyone gets a chance to work with Steve, do not turn it down. Hands down, one of the best transactions, I have ever been a part of.
Thanks again bro.
Pros - Great price on the male
I was able to meet up with Steve today and buy nice MM. He was kind enough to deliver and refund the cost of shipping. I would definitely recommend him.
Thanks Mathew good luck with breeding
Pros - Just a top notch transaction.
Great shipping, and communication.
Thanks again for the awesome mature male H. incei "Gold"!
Shipping was fast, and the male was packed amazingly!
Thank You Sir :)
Pros - Healthy Ts!!!
Steve is patient, kind and knows what he's doing. He even managed to have them delivered one day before my birthday! How cool is that?!
I'm a beginner. He hasn't ignored me. And he hasn't made me feel stupid.
I would order from him again in a heartbeat, regardless of s&h.
Your welcome Connie
Pros - Quick and thorough communication, great packaging, healthy tarantulas
Cons - Absolutely none
Recently I began a thread expressing my sadness about one of my Phrixotrichus scrofa slings that died seemingly out of nowhere. As this was the first tarantula I've lost, I was pretty torn up about it. After expressing his condolences in the thread, Steve reached out to me personally saying he had a 2.5" P. scrofa female that he would be willing to send me for nothing but the cost of shipping. This was totally unexpected and incredibly generous of him, and I sent him the money for shipping. We worked out the delivery date that night.
On shipping day I received messages from Steve both by text and here on AB with both the tracking number and pictures of the TWO girls he had included: a 3" P. scrofa (an even larger female than he had originally offered ❤) and a surprise 3" female rcf G. rosea!
Despite several hiccups with the post office/delivery process today, my two beautiful girls got here safe and sound! Steve's communication throughout the whole process was impeccable, and the two spiders were expertly packaged. I love these two girls already. People like Steve are such a remarkable asset to this hobby, and I would not hesitate to recommend or do business with him in the future. Thank you, Steve!
0.1.0 Grammostola rosea rcf
0.1.0 Phrixotrichus scrofa
YW Nicole Glad I could make a bad situation better for you. Enjoy the girls
Pros - Perfect packing, healthy animals, honest individual
I received 14 beautiful and healthy tarantulas from Steve. Some were from a local friend of his that needed help selling them, others were a trade from Steve's stock. I waited a few weeks for shipping because all of them molted in his care and to my surprise, two of the unsexed are now confirmed females! . Steve is a wonderful friend and an incredible asset to this hobby. I admire his integrity, patience and kindness. He packed these tarantulas very well and I wouldn't hesitate to do business with him again. I highly recommend him! Thank you, Steve!
Below are pics of the tarantulas I received from Steve:
10x N. incei "gold" slings (all are 3-4i and roughly an inch in leg span)
0.1 4"+ P. irminia (very feisty and that's always a good sign for this species! )
0.1 4" B. hamorri
0.1 4"+ G. pulchripes "Peekaboo!"
0.1 2" G. pulchra
Thanks Casey ;)
Pros - Very healthy T, professionally packed, constant communication, detailed info of the T's background ---> OVER-ALL ---> Smooth transaction!
I messaged Steve for a trade proposal and everything went down smoothly. The whole transaction didnt even last a day. Steve is very easy to deal with!!!
Test. Steve was a pleasure to deal with. Packaging was great. Communication was timely and the specimens were very healthy. Don't hesitate to purchase from him! Test
Pros - Good communication, easy transaction, and he spent a long time showing me and my daughter his very awesome collection.
Cons - None.
I had my eyes on Aphonopelma chalcodes and he offered to sell me one of his at a very fair price. Since I am local I drove out to pick her up and he showed me and my daughter his collection, which was very impressive and everything looked well cared for. I will definitely buy from him again. He is knowledgeable, helpful, and easy to interact with. Thanks again!