Short read on the price of pigeons.
We all have our limits as to what we are going to pay for pigeons and I can understand fanciers point of view, because I like others have been in the same position of not having the spare funds required for some off the top pigeons. I had an email recently from a fancier concerned about how prices have gone up, and on average they are going up all the time.
“Hello Les. Just something that I find really, distasteful in selling pigeons on Elimar or anywhere else really. The PRICE! now we all know that any sport has an 'elite' element but the asking price for some unproven young birds in particular has become, to me, ridiculous. Not pointing the finger at anyone specifically, but for example I've just seen an advert for a young bird starting at £1000! For goodness sake, so much for the working man's sport! Do these people live in the real world? Pigeons, unproven youngsters, potentially BOP food or lost in the current climate of dodgy convoyers and extreme weather. They have the genes for sure but would you risk a £1000 pigeon on the road, NO! so you're diluting the genes even before you begin to test the progeny.
IMHO, there should be a cap on minimum price of any bird on Elimar, though I'm happy to be shown why not? Regards Keith”
Hi Keith. I understand what you are saying, and I also understand the prices from the vendors point of view. Some buyers are paying many thousands for their stock birds and are looking to get something back to cover at least part of their initial outlay. I know there are young birds being offered off stock birds that have cost the vendors in excess of £10,000 each so they are not going to offer them too cheap.
Many years ago I bought a team of stock birds direct off 1st National winners costing me as much as £1,500 each which was a lot of money to me nearly 20yrs ago and I was selling young birds off them with a starting bid of £40. Yes, that was a good price, but the problem was most of the winning fanciers were not buying them because they were so cheap for their breeding. In turn this meant that the youngsters were not being tested as I would have liked them to have been. Fanciers even went on to win 1st Nationals with them, but they did not get the publicity they deserved because they were not the fashion of the day and not being raced by most of the top winning lofts.
People that buy these young birds at £1000 are not buying them to let out and race they are bought for the stock loft and I guess that on that basis they would cost a lot more if left to mature until later in the season.
If you look at the continental sites you would be paying far more for pigeons of the same breeding, in fact on most occasions if they are £1,000 over here, they are going to be £3/4,000 abroad.
If we put them on, we don't set the prices we ask the vendors what they want them starting at.
Regards. Les J Parkinson. Elimar
“Hi Les. Thanks for your reply, I think you've made a fair point from a standpoint I'd not considered fully. I still feel that it must be daunting for many who want to look for new stock to think that it may be necessary to spend that kind of cash. What I am seeing is a smaller pool of fanciers within the fancy chasing higher priced birds, it's not an ideal situation as numbers dwindle. Ah, well, that's the way it is, I suppose. Cheers Keith”
Les. I suspect prices of everything will continue to rise, take a look at clothing, it appears to be cheaper then ever in comparison to wages but most of the clothes today are based on what the younger people want. They wear it a few times and instead of washing it they throw it away because it is out of fashion. I suspect most women are like Elizabeth who has 4 wardrobes packed with clothes she never wears, they are bought over the years, worn, and put away. There are of course a few that are favoured and worn more than the rest who are just like mushrooms.
Pigeon fanciers are the same as the ladies they want the latest fashion an always prepared to pay for it, whether they are up to the standard of the birds they have replaced is another matter. I suppose we have all bought pigeons and think to ourselves why we have done that, when we have better at home.