If you are advertising on FB or Gumtree, I think the reason is self explanatory.
I'd be surprised if you are advertising on this forum and having the same issues.
Advertising to the general public is the issue. It's pretty much the same issue that was discussed with hybrids a week or two ago. These people are generally not true hobbyists, and generally don't really care.
I'm not trying to be judgmental, just realistic...
My suggestion to everyone here would be to try selling to true hobbyists first. You are more likely to have a better experience as both buyer and seller, and as an added bonus we can revive the classifieds section of this wonderful forum
I'm just wondering if anyone has tried this?
I know tempered glass can't be cut, and I've read about potential issues with tempered glass shattering as apposed to sheet glass cracking. But I've not been able to find any real information about success or (catastrophic) failures...
The problem has always been there. I don't think they do it for the purpose of making money really... They just end up with fry from a mixed species tank and don't even consider culling because they are stoked to have babies *YAY*. Fishkeepers like to rubbish anyone that makes money... So here we are again pretending that another of the hobby's problems are because of someone making money... Its stuffing ridiculous.
Also, who says that flogging hybrids is wrong? I understand of course the consequences of what they do same as you do but the point is they aren't doing anything that they perceive as being wrong because they don't see the hobby as a lifetime interest... The big picture to them is the mixed display tank in their lounge room.
No point telling them they're wrong, most simply don't have the right perspective to make sense of it.
Interesting though that PCS Forum participation rates seem to be considerably down on 6 + years ago (Same as all forums)... Maybe the problem has become worse since forums lost the ability to so readily influence new/casual hobbyists.
Most "hobbyists" don't fit into either camp (ethical breeder or cash grabber). It is ignorant people (and I do mean this in the nicest way possible) and newbies that fill their tanks with "pretty" fish and get babies they are excited about. They usually wouldn't know one species from another, so you can't blame them, or the fish for that matter (they don't know what contraception is, or how to control their hormones lol).
So they grow up babies (who enjoys culling? I don't. And thankfully I've never needed to worry about crossbreeds. So put yourself in their unknowing shoes...).
So, they grow up the fish and then need to get rid of them because they run out of space or whatever, so they try and make a couple of bucks on gumtree to supplement the costs of being in the hobby...
Can u blame them? No
Can u educate them? Depends on how u approach the topic.
Having a go at them would only make them more stubborn. Some people won't care, but the majority would do the right thing if they were given feedback in a constructive manner, rather than the typical know it all attitude that is often displayed (perhaps unknowingly). I'm not pointing the finger at anyone. I'm just saying that it is easy to appear elitist to the uneducated.
Flowerhorns anyone? Lol
Btw, where do you guys sit with line-bred variants? Discus or goldfish are a great examples... but there are so many species that are line-bred.
I'm a bit of a purist. I much prefer the natural colours and appearance of most fish in the trade.
Goldfish are probably the only exception, but they have been line-bred for over a thousand years and hardly resemble the species they originally came from.
I'm assuming the auction was very successful...?
Unfortunately I had to leave before the action started. There were quite a few items I had my eyes on too!!!
Oh well, I guess there were some very happy cichlidophiles tonight. At least my wallet is happy (for the moment)!