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RE: Great looking generics.

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Posted by: Aaron at Sat Jul 16 20:35:48 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Aaron ]  
   

It used to be that one could buy and sell locality alterna based on just the name of the breeder/seller. That seems to be changing with the advent of the internet. Alot of people have made mistakes or been duped, it has always been that way. I think it's just that now with the internet these incidents are slowly being revealed.

A few years ago I began to trim my alterna collection down to where most of the alterna I have can be traced to animals that I caught. I have 277's that are my own stock but I also have other 277's that I can only trace to a collecter/breeder, not to the specific animals.

Prior to this thread I never felt the need to call them generics. I purchased my adults of this bloodline in the mid-90's before the internet, and easy picture exchanges, were the norm. Back when I purchased them it was common to send an SASE(self adressed stamped envelope - some people probably don't even know what those letters stand for nowdays, lol) and $1 for each picture. Getting pictures of the entire lineage was certainly not common. Most of the time you sent one or two bucks and just got a couple pics just to show what the bloodline looked like. In those days it was considered research just to be able to say what collecter/breeder you got them from and if they came from a respected collecter/breeder you were good to call them locality.

I am on the fence as to whether I should now start calling them generics. I am leaning towards representing them as I always have, 277's from so-and-so's bloodline. I don't think there is anything wrong with that because it's honest and prospective buyers can still decide for themselves whether or not that's enough information.

To be clear, in my case the breeder I got those particular 277's from was also the collecter. So I do have the lineage all the way back to the field collecter, I just don't have pictures of each specimen and since this breeder collected alot of 277's and I never asked, I don't know which individual specimens were used to produce the ones I got from him. I don't know if they are F1's, F2's, etc. I just know that he collected all the adults that mine descended from. Would these now be considered generics? I don't know. I never mixed them into the bloodlines that I collected so I still have 277's for which I could provide all the information and pictures anybody could want.
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