Buying and Selling Hollands.... What you should know
Do your Homework... Nicole Brockriede, CA
The topic of this issue is on buying and selling Hollands and as all breeders I have my own views on the subject. My first advice is to do some homework first and watch some of the judging at shows so you have some idea of what you are looking for. Then start shopping around and looking at what different breeders have for sale.
With some breeders you may have to wait until they have stock available or until they will be in your area. It is always better to call or e-mail ahead and tell people what you are looking for. It is so much better than just walking up to a breeder and saying "Do you have any sable pt. does for sale?" If the breeder knows what you were looking for, they can come to a show prepared. Of course, you need to carefully check over the rabbit; nose, teeth, toenails, and tail before you buy it.
The other advice is to buy from reputable breeders. Anyone who has been breeding Hollands for a while can direct you to other breeders they respect if they don't have what you are looking for. I am always very willing to do this and I know other breeders do also. My one word of caution is that Holland lines are not always compatible and if you aren't sure, ask the breeder you are buying from. When I sell rabbits, I always want to know the existing lines people already are working with so I can advise them if my stock will cross or not. Sometimes you won't know until you try it but it never hurts to ask.
Buyer and Seller Obligations... Debbie Vigue, ME
This issue's topic is buying and selling HL's. Being on either side of a HL that is for sale, isn't always easy. The longer you are into HL's the more things you will see happen around this "event," some good, some not so good. I won't go into a lot of detail other than listing a few basic do's and don'ts that may help both buyer and seller alike.
Buyer - If you are writing to inquire about
stock for sale, enclose a SASE and be very specific on what you
are looking for (age, color, sex, desired strengths).
Seller - If you receive an inquiry on stock you may have and a SASE is provided, be courteous enough to use it. Reply even if you have no stock available.
Buyer- If you want quality stock, be prepared to pay for it.
How many times have we heard, "I want something "really
nice but can't pay much" ("can't" translates to
"don't want to")
Seller - Ask a fair price for the rabbit sitting in front of you, ask yourself what you would be willing to pay. Have the pedigree available for the buyer to look at.
Buyer- If you win with a bought rabbit, let people know where
that quality came from. Give credit where credit is due. It will
raise your integrity in others eyes.
Seller - Don't be afraid to sell a rabbit that stands a fair chance of beating you on the show table. It will raise your integrity in others eyes, too.
Buyer - If you look at a rabbit on approval let the seller
know ASAP whether you intend to buy the rabbit or not. They might
have another chance to sell it to someone else.
Seller - Don't jerk people around, if you have something for sale and offer it to someone, expect to follow through. Playing games only makes people lose respect for you.
Buyer - If you have a problem with a purchased rabbit, contact
the seller first and let them get a chance to work something out
for you, before you broadcast your displeasure to others.
Seller - While you might not want to refund money, consider replacing a rabbit if it has a problem such as bad teeth. The goodwill this lends will be some of the best free advertising you'll ever get. The fact that you replaced the rabbit is more well remembered than what may have gone wrong with it.
Buyer - If some type of warranty is very important to you, ask
the seller, BEFORE the sale is closed. They are under no
obligation to provide one, but talking out your expectations
Seller - You might want to use a written warranty that spells out what quality (pet, breeder, show) a sold animal is and what you will or will not replace or refund.
Buyer - Pay with cash is possible, if paying by check make
sure it's good.
Seller - If you have time to take and spend the cash, have time to write a pedigree too.
The Hollander / Spring issue - April 1999