There are probably thousands of hobbies in this world catered for the millions of people spread across the multitudes of cultures. Some are one-time off hobbies while others are collecting in nature. Collecting comes in many varieties such as coins, toys, bank notes, postal stamps, and etc.
Ever wonder how should the hobby of breeding show animals be categorized?
I believe to a certain extend, breeding show rabbits can be seen as a form of collecting hobby. We collect the most beautiful animal closest to the standards that is.
How does one actually evaluates the value of his or her collectibles?
I believe firstly, the hobby must have quite a decent following in terms of the numbers of like minded hobbyists that know how to appreciate the specific collectibles.
Let’s just say that if you are a toy collector and wants to convince a hardcore rabbit breeder to buy your toy at an exorbitant price, I am sure that will not make any sense to the rabbit breeder. That is because he or she will not see the value in a piece of beautifully molded plastic.
Likewise, not many people you know will appreciate the beauty of a Betta Splendens or more fondly known as the Siamese fighting fish.
So just how do you go about defining the value of your hobby?
You just have to be around like minded people – those who have the same interests as you.
It is based on such principle that people capitalize on as business opportunity. This is true when you see people getting into a hobby with huge following and try to turn it into a business. When it comes to pet animals, we really have to be careful in weeding out the wolves in lamb skin. These are the people that see it as an opportunity to make a quick fortune with the pretense of an animal lover when he or she really have no care for the animals’ wellbeing.
For the rest of us who truly cares, I guess we all understand the effort that goes into raising these little beautiful and adorable creatures. And at the end of the day, the value we gain is clearly UNDEFINED…