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Post Number:#1  Unread postby EnglishSpot » Mon Oct 26, 2015 11:33 pm


Granted, the pet market is variable and demand is as fickle as the Cleveland Browns.

These are mixed breed bunnies who will remain on the smaller side. I've listed them at $30 and extolled their virtues of friendliness, socialization, and health. I've posted notices in two pet stores, two community bulletin boards, on CL and on Hoobly.

Any other suggestions on how to get these babies moving??
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Post Number:#2  Unread postby Ramjet » Mon Oct 26, 2015 11:57 pm


I've moved away from pet sales completely and very seldom sell a live animal at all anymore.

Rex hides seem to have a pretty strong demand and can go for $40+ .... That's as much if not more than I can get for a live rabbit.
They are easy to move as people are willing to pay a premium for "naturally tanned and hand worked hides" in natural colors over the commercial dyed alternatives.

I also have a handful of regular customers for meat @ $25 per carcass which is about 3-3.5lbs dressed out .... and they will buy more than I can produce if I let them. They like the idea of no steroids , hormones , antibiotics or other junk and are happy to pay the price for it.


Don't know if that's an option for you , just sharing my recent experiences.
Hindsight is always 20/20 but looking back its still a bit fuzzy.

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Post Number:#3  Unread postby Zass » Tue Oct 27, 2015 5:11 am


Hoobly is another free webpage you might want to look into. It's only really active with rabbits in a few states, but I think OH is one of them.
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Post Number:#4  Unread postby macksmom98 » Tue Oct 27, 2015 6:44 am


You said you tried Hoobly right? The only other thing we plan to do in this event is to bring them to a feed store that wi let is sell in the parking lot and try at farmers markets. Also, with craigslist there are 2 sections. One is farm and ranch which is good and usually where most of the rabbits end up. But I would also try switching to the pet section, and revising the ad to say you are rehoming them to downsize and make space in your rabbitry. That's not usually where breeders are supposed to list, but you can post there if you have unwanted bunnies and sometimes it will bring in different people ....

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Post Number:#5  Unread postby Zass » Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:28 am


macksmom98 wrote:You said you tried Hoobly right?


I must have missed that bit. :oops:

I'm not sure what really sells rabbits, other than good photography.

I've posted notices in two pet stores, two community bulletin boards
Did you make sure those notices included nice photos? People fall in love with pictures..

I dunno, the (unpedigreed) jap-harlequin kits sell surprisingly well, but I never had much luck with selling just mutts. Seems like there are always too many people already selling them cheaply, or even just giving them away free.

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Post Number:#6  Unread postby HansenHomestead » Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:48 am


I want more pics! :P

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Post Number:#7  Unread postby macksmom98 » Tue Oct 27, 2015 8:31 am


I agree with Zass, make sure your ads have pictures, and good pics. It might seem either common sense or unnecessary to mention, but if you do take pics of them in their cages make sure the litter pans are out of sight and no bunny berries can be seen. Sometimes I add accessories and put them in a basket to "up the cuteness factor". With the holidays coming it would be easy to do a Halloween, Thanksgiving, and/or Christmas sale. Don't even have to discount them more, but use the words sale or special and it will catch peoples eyes:)

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Post Number:#8  Unread postby Bad Habit » Tue Oct 27, 2015 8:41 am


This is a common complaint I've heard recently. I'm having trouble moving my pet stock(normally only solid black kits end up sitting around, right now I have a BEW, a broken black, an opal, and a smoke pearl chin all waiting for homes), as are many of the breeders I know.

People just aren't buying many rabbits at the moment.
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Post Number:#9  Unread postby Ramjet » Tue Oct 27, 2015 10:02 am


Bad Habit wrote:This is a common complaint I've heard recently. I'm having trouble moving my pet stock(normally only solid black kits end up sitting around, right now I have a BEW, a broken black, an opal, and a smoke pearl chin all waiting for homes), as are many of the breeders I know.

People just aren't buying many rabbits at the moment.



The pet market really tends to be seasonal , at least in my experience. Easter & Christmas you cant keep enough to supply demand , quite a few will sell in the early part of the year for 4h .... other times of the year , not so much.
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Post Number:#10  Unread postby SuburbanHomesteader » Tue Oct 27, 2015 10:35 am


Haven't had an inquiry about a "pet" rabbit in months.

People are buying meat rabbits.

My October sales are over three times what they were last October. Looks
like this year we'll easily sell over twice what we sold last year.

Think it might be the economy? Or folks anticipating harder times?

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Post Number:#11  Unread postby EnglishSpot » Tue Oct 27, 2015 5:34 pm


http://cleveland.craigslist.org/grd/5257419978.html

This is my ad, complete with cute pictures. :) The flyers have the same pictures on them.
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Post Number:#12  Unread postby Tiny Buns » Tue Oct 27, 2015 5:55 pm


I think your pictures are great. Maybe it's the mixed breed that's the problem. I know that in my area, you can't give a mixed breed away but I sell my Netherlands for $80 and my Hollands for $120 both with pedigree.

I don't think that helps much but I don't think you can improve much on the photos, they are clear, bright and really 'pop' :)
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Post Number:#13  Unread postby Petlover500 » Tue Oct 27, 2015 6:47 pm


I'm having a hard time selling my baby rabbits too /:
They are only listed at $20... should I lower the price? But they are mixed rabbits...

EnglishSpot wrote:http://cleveland.craigslist.org/grd/5257419978.html

This is my ad, complete with cute pictures. :) The flyers have the same pictures on them.


What camera do you use?
Those pictures are magnificent!
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Post Number:#14  Unread postby macksmom98 » Tue Oct 27, 2015 8:22 pm


The pictures do look great. Sometimes it's also trial and error. You might try taking the ad off and waiting a few days, and reposting a couple at a time. All areas are different but you may have better luck if you don't advertise a surplus or grouping of them. Its great to show everyone what you have but it can also make people think there are a lot of them and downplay their uniqueness. I don't know exactly what will help but its just a suggestion.
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Post Number:#15  Unread postby Tiny Buns » Tue Oct 27, 2015 8:56 pm


That's a smart idea macksmom. A surplus doesn't convey urgency. I forgot that when I list them one at a time rather than group they sell faster. Might be worth a try :)

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