Selling kits to stores?

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  1. LuckySpotFarm

    LuckySpotFarm Active Member

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    We raise standard rex rabbits as a meat source as well as we have been saving their pelts. This past year we would try to sell a couple babies to hope cover the cost of the rabbits feed bill (we like to try to be as self sufficient as possible as far as money).

    Previously I had seen online that someone sold some of their babies to stores like Rural King and Tractor supply. Has anyone done this? I'd love to get a cost idea, we generally sell our babies anywhere from $20-40 a piece so I'm sure we won't get that but when we sell to people its hit or miss as to if we get any sold and then we have random people at our property which I don't like.

    Anyone have any idea how much they give for them and how old they want them?
     
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    Demand and Location makes a difference. Here the farm stores sell the rabbits for around $15. They would give me $8 for "tame" rabbits----rabbits that a kid can hold. Plus I have to buy back any that are not sold. The fancy small breed young rabbits sell for $25 to $40 average---I could get about 1/2 that from them---if they Needed any. SO I just raise Californians and white New Zealand's for meat---if someone wants to buy some before freezer time---fine---if not they get processed. No demand for rabbits here.
     

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    10 years ago I was getting $10 but as pet stores kept closing I'm back down to $10 again. Of course feed is now more than twice the price. You might as well sell them as soon as they reach 8 weeks.
     
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    Have a good friend that owns 2 local pet stores. Have never really sold many bunnies through him. Not much call for them.
     
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    If you sell more than 500.00 a year directly to a store you have to get a license
     
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    Fire-Man Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Do you "Have" to get a License or should get one??

    I would think that would be according to the pet store. I know someone that has been selling a lot of rabbits and other "things" to a pet store for years----with no Lic? I know "they" say you are suppose to do this and that if you sell so many.
     
  7. ChocolateMouse

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    This is a local laws thing. It will vary based on your state, county and city laws. Some places require no such thing. But if you're trying to sell to a store, under the table, then you better abide by those laws because the store is required to report where they get their rabbits from... And it might not show up until that one year they get audited. And then you get fined lot or your operation gets shut down... Knowing the laws that effect you is very important.

    Most retail operates on the idea that you get half of what they charge. So if you sell a rabbit for $20, you may get $10 if that's their model. Live animals can often see a larger markup due to the hazards of keeping live animals. They get sick, die, they need to be fed while they're in the shop and bedding and toys... That is overhead a normal retail product doesn't have. (I used to work at a pet store.) So if they charge $20 you might actually see $5 or $8. It depends on the shop. Around here, pet rabbits sell for $30-$50 in pet stores (always paid $15 each no matter what we sold them for) and $20-$50 on craigslist and other classifieds, but we're a major city with more upper-middle class suburban sprawl (filled with white soccer moms looking for a fuzzy pet for their kids) than you could shake a stick at. There's a market. Other places will be different.
     
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    That is incorrect about only be a local law thing, it is federally regulated by the USDA under the Animal Welfare Act, https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/emergingissues/downloads/RabbitReport1.pdf
     
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    Oh. Huh. So it is. I don't sell to petstores, so I guess I was dead wrong about that. I know there are often local laws about that. Thanks for the correction.
     
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    The only reason I knew about it is because Senator Rand Paul wrote about it in one of his books. There was a family that was fined by the usda 90,000 for selling over 500.00 worth of rabbits, they didn't pay the fine and it went up to 4,000,000. I believe they ended up making a deal with the usda and as part of the deal they could never own rabbits again.
     
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