I will decide upon at least one daily topic unless there are questions concerning other areas:
To open, I thought I would explain our pricing, which on several blogs has been criticized as being too cheap or low in price to be selling the quality of shepherd that we provide at Keystone. We are cognizant about keeping our costs down so that we can provide a world class shepherd to the average family. Our competitors charge much more, but we try to price our better puppies between $850.00 to $1,200.00. While it is becoming harder to keep these prices at this current level, we are committed to being as fair as possible in our prices.
On the other side, we have people that are use to seeing puppies in the paper for as little as $100.00 and they wonder why we charge so much. To raise top quality animals it takes a lot of money to do it right. Just the direct costs in raising a puppy to the age of 10 weeks can cost as much as $500.00 per puppy, this includes the basics such as food, cleaning, supplies, veterinarian expenses, shots, worming, etc. In addition, this includes labor for cleaning, training and socialization, etc.
The same shepherd lines that we are selling for $1,200.00 are going for $2,400.00 to $5,000.00 in the Houston, Texas area. In Oklahoma, the shepherd like other animals are being sold for less than in other regions of the country. For example, several people in this state make a living purchasing top quality horses and driving them to California where they sell them for as much as ten times for what they sell for here. Nobody ever said Californians are the sharpest nuts in the can. Excuse me for mixing metaphors and for my attempt at humor.
Please post a comment, telling me how wrong, right or off-base I am. Post a question and I will provide my opinion.