When I first got into birds, which was far longer ago than I like to admit, there were only three locations to get them: the local pet shop, a private individual via a newspaper ad, or someone from the local bird club. Everyone joined to a local bird club back then since they were the only ones who would listen to your endless tales about your birds and, of course, you could obtain more birds! While individuals may still buy birds in pet stores, via the newspaper, or at a local bird club, most people currently buy birds online – or discover breeders from whom they can buy birds online.
When it comes to buying and trading birds, this opens up a whole new world. At least in the old days, someone had to look you in the eyes before taking your money and giving you the bird. The benefits of purchasing birds now include lower pricing, a larger variety, and better quality birds. The drawbacks include acquiring birds sight unseen and from someone you have never met, which increases the likelihood of not receiving what you paid for. Even when dealing with respectable individuals operating in good faith, the age-old idea of lack of communication may cause a tremendous lot of anger and worry. While it comes to the basic act of communicating when purchasing birds, even mobile phones, e-mail, voice mail, and text messaging cannot alter human nature. When it comes to purchasing and selling birds online, I hope the following guidelines for both parties will result in more productive communication.
Tips for Buyers
- Before writing an email, determine if the breeder has a website. Whether this is the case, check to see if their availability, pricing, guarantees, or shipping requirements are listed. Make extra sure that what you wish to purchase is what they’re selling. It is pointless to inquire with a parrotlet breeder about the availability of African greys.
- Be patient once you’ve sent the e-mail. Most bird breeders have full-time jobs, families, and other time obligations that entail several hours a day caring for their birds. Some breeders even take vacations on rare occasions. If you haven’t received a response within a few days, try again but be kind and polite.
- Ask all of the questions you want, but again, read the breeder’s website beforehand to save both of you time.
- Request and verify the breeder’s references BEFORE sending your money. Any good breeder would love the chance to provide references, so don’t feel bad about asking, but be careful to check them as well.
- Ensure that the breeder understands all of the expenses and rewards involved. If you need to pay for health certificates, shipping or delivery expenses, or accessories like cages, books, or food, make sure you and the breeder have detailed lists before the transaction.
- If a bird is delivered, make sure you have all of the information, including the airbill number, airline, flight number, and pickup location at your airport. Also, be sure to notify the breeder that the bird arrived safely.
- Finally, ensure that all charges have been paid in full.
Tips For Sellers
- Be patient and respectful, particularly with folks who have never owned a bird or had one sent to them. Many individuals are understandably concerned when buying anything online, and it is your obligation to make them feel at ease with the transaction.
- Try to react to information requests as soon as possible. Simply clicking the “Receipt Received” button does not instill trust in the sender. They want to communicate with a live person. Not simply a canned e-mail answer.
- Inform them if you do not have a bird accessible. Even if you lose a deal, be honest and truthful. Keep in mind that the Internet may work for or against you. If someone believes you are dishonest or unpleasant, trust me, they will spread the word and harm your reputation. Conversely, if you are honest, patient, and helpful, many people will tell others.
- All medical promises and contract information should be in writing. Make sure you include a receipt. Other information such as instructions, food, or literature, as well as an application to IPS, should be provided. Ascertain that the buyer understands how to reach you if they have any queries.
- Ensure that all plans are in place and that the buyer understands precisely what to anticipate when sending a bird. Tell them the airbill number, flight number, airline, and pickup location at their local airport. After the bird has been transported to the airport, contact the buyer to confirm all details.
- Take a position behind your bird. While no one can promise that everything will be flawless 100% of the time, do not send people birds that are not healthy, have not been split to the mutation they need, are too old to breed, or are poor quality pets. You will simply damage yourself, and the bird may suffer as a result. Not only might your reputation be harmed, but you could also be sued.
While nothing is perfect, these suggestions should assist you avoid frequent miscommunications and misunderstandings. I believe that the great majority of individuals are trustworthy and compassionate. We don’t raise birds to get wealthy; we do it for the love of the bird. Buyers are looking for a loving companion or an excellent addition to their breeding program, so this is a really good match. But, like with most relationships, communication is essential for success. I hope that these suggestions, based on over 25 years of raising and selling parrotlets, will help maintain the process enjoyable for both buyers and sellers.
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