Purchased some spiders from Tom and I'm one of his biggest fans. In the tarantula breeding world in the USA, Tom is regarded as one of the greatest tarantula/arachnid keeper and breeder there are. I've ordered some spiders from Tom and all were healthy active and alive. I recommend buying from Tom if you're looking for something of high quality and variety.
Wanted to buy from him again immediately, RIP wallet
I had a great, great experience buying from Tom. I hesitate to share the extent of his generosity--I don't want other potential customers to approach him with unreasonable expectations. Still, it's only fair to give him the praise he's due.
I told him my order of 5 slings via e-mail. After paying for the invoice, I noticed the total price seemed short so I let him know. I asked if perhaps he forgot to include shipping/one of my animals was just unavailable, and to let me know if I had to pick another animal/make up the difference.
He replied he indeed forgot to include shipping, but said not to worry about it since I was so close. I was shocked--Fedex overnight can be pricy even for short distances, and it'd have been easy to just request I make up the difference. It was extremely gracious of him, and I was already sold on being a lifetime customer.
Imagine my surprise when I opened up the package and found not 5 slings, but 6! He had already given me free shipping, and I had happily taken that as an unexpected "freebie". And the price discrepency was discovered immediately after I paid--it's not as if he had already packed and shipped the animals. So to still pack an extra sling was really, really unnecessary. What's even more ridiculous is that it's a species I wanted (but couldn't justify getting), but there's no way he could've known that and I'm done praising him cause seriously it's getting to be too much.
Don't go in expecting this kind of generosity (I certainly won't); his prices and service are well worth it even without the freebies. But know all his good reviews are well deserved!
I heard about Tom through my Facebook group, The tarantula collective. He seems so have a really good rep and I know why. All spiders came full of life and he gave me a cebu freebie and two stickers. Shipping only took 2 days, he sent them ASAP. Awesome working with Tom. He always has great options.
Easy buying, seller was quick to reply and sent my order the next day. All my spiders and tarantulas arrived in perfect condition, and I even got a freebie! I would definitely buy from this seller again.
Tom is a great asset to the hobby! He will go out of his way to make you one happy customer. All 5 of my T’s came in excellent shape and I couldn’t be happier!! Check his stock out and you won’t be disappointed! Thanks Tom
Cares for the wellbeing of the animals
Minor delays in communication
I ordered five Sicarius Thomisoides and a few Selenops radiatus from Tom. The shipping date we originally agreed on didnt work as they all went into premolt around that time. Not wanting to risk injury to the spiders, Tom delayed shipment for a few days until they had all molted. When they did arrive, I was pleased to find an incredibly well protected package with insulating, reflective styrofoam. Each specimen had been carefully packaged in a small vial with soft tissue; the Selenops had theirs slightly moistened. I had also received not only the free S. thomisoides but also three extra free S. radiatus besides the one I had paid for! They are all active and healthy. Most of the Sicarius immediately buried themselves and the Selenops explored every inch of their enclosure. Tom took a little longer than some other dealers to respond to certain emails and texts but this was a trivial issue. This was an overall satisfying experience and I'm very privileged to own my very own sand spiders courtesy of Tom Patterson.
Picked up two gorgeous specimens locally from Tom for a great price, and they make great additions to my collection! I wouldn't hesitate to do business with him again since he communicated well and the tarantulas I picked up are exactly as described!
super secure packing, healthy animals, generous extras
Purchased an AF B. emilia, a couple Alipes sp. and a number of slings from Tom. All animals were in excellent condition, and were packed with precision to keep them that way Good pricing, bonuses, clear communication - will readily purchase some philth again.
Extremely responsive via email, great selection of spiders, very low prices, ships immediately with perfect professional packaging... can't say enough good things, basically.
Ordered several tarantulas from Tom. He was extremely responsive via email even though it's around the holidays, and we quickly worked something out. He has an amazing and unique selection of spiders, very low prices, and shipped immediately with perfect professional packaging. Even threw in a couple of nice freebies for me! Everything arrived fat and happy despite shipping cross country in the middle of winter. Can't say enough good things... everyone should aspire to buy/sell/trade like this.
Fast response, impeccable packing, and excellent communication
Purchased a female on a Thursday and she was shipped right out the very next Tuesday (only because Monday was a holiday). Highly recommend buying from Tom. Top-notch quality spiders with absolute trouble-free transactions. The man definitely knows his stuff and will not screw you around. Thanks, Tom!
Quick and informative communication. Great prices. Flexible with scheduling
Hey guys, my order from Tom just came in today. I ordered sunday night and he shipped them out the next day. I ordered a group of 5 Heteropoda lunula slings. He was very polite and answered any question I had about the spiders, as this is my first time keeping huntsmen spiders. His packaging was great. The spiders were secure and comfortable. And to make an already flawless transaction even better, he thru in some freebies. And extra H. lunula, 3 H. pingtungensis slings and 3 Barylestis scutatus slings. Yeah, 7 free slings! What an amazing deal!!!! I will definitely be ordering more from him very soon. Awesome experience.
He's great guy to talk to and plan things out, loans in general are usually a hassle but Tom makes things easy.
Already had two males loaned out to me from Tom. Easy guy to work with and an easy going guy overall which are my kind of people. Planned the transaction quickly and was executed quickly-- last month I sent him half of the slings for the first loan and just recieved/paired the seconed loan from him. His packing is well put together and the second male he loaned me had some freebies along with them! Now loans are always risky business but Tom has shown me he is one of the few people you can put your trust in.