- Aug 17, 2016
I was searching to answer this question but couldn't find anything. Is anybody in the T business that can provide some impute.
Thanks a lot for the great information.It's a transient hobby for many people, so there's always some beginning the hobby, and some dropping out. Prices in the US have been gradually coming down from the highs of the mid 2000's when demand greatly exceeded supply. As more people have been importing from Europe, becoming dealers, & breeding themselves the supply is starting to catch up. Most prices here are still much higher than Europe, where tarantulas are more plentiful. For a long time the European model has been low unit prices and high quantities sold, which allowed more people to get into the hobby, and it's huge over there. 10 years ago in the US it was the opposite (high unit prices put the hobby out of reach for most people that might be interested). As we slowly transition to European prices, we're seeing more people join the hobby in the US. Most reptile/animal people aren't going to spend $50 to 100+ for a 1/2 sling.
BTW, 20 years ago, the hobby in the US was mostly wild-caught adults, which limited the species available, as few could be caught and exported in any kind of regularity from remote areas. However, Europeans traveled and collected in small quantities, and started breeding them, as it was too expensive to keep traveling every time they needed more spiders. As they had surplus, they exported some their CBB slings to other countries in the 1990's, and by the mid 2000's a tidal wave of new tropical species hit the US, and the hobby exploded here. People were able to buy many dozens of species they never knew existed. Since supplies were very limited, prices were accordingly high. We'll see more people in the hobby as prices continue to moderate.