Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Cincinnati Ohio
High quality shrimp and Rare Shrimp command the price because of a couple reasons . They could just have small broods and variations in the offspring ( Shadow aka KK and WR ) . Or the offspring could be difficult to get to breed true ( Black and Blue Tigers ) . Another example would be High Grade Rili , most come out mixed and the nice ones are only a small percentage ( They are all nice but with a red head and tail ) . The cheaper Shrimp are cheaper for a reason they breed truer and much quicker . SSS take longer and more effort to breed than S so the price difference will always be there . Neo's will drop in price much quicker when a new type comes along than say Cardina . Shrimp with more exacting requirement's will always run more as an example Sulewasi types . Even with 3000 gallons my production is only a drop in the bucket . Outdoor production will always be cheaper and labor is cheaper in othe countries ( Plus the shrimp grow bigger and faster outside just like fish ) . Kind of like the other economic realities of producing something here in the US . I think markets for shrimp are pretty stable at the moment . And if the economy turns around we will likely see prices increase . Even if every shrimp bought here was produced here the pricing may surprise you ( they would go up some way up ) . It take's a lot of input in space , equipement , time ( often not realized or the cost added ) and just plain money to raise shrimp . The real cost is not realized by most hobbyist who sell for below recognized prices . Price's do come down as supply increase's but for most shrimp there are enough being produced to meet demand . So I do not think any dramatic price drops will be seen anytime soon .