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Q: Cost of hamsters vs. gerbils in your area?

August 20, 2009 | By Tracy | 5 answers | Expired: 1883 days ago

Tracy

I checked my local pet place today and found gerbils listed at $9.99 (average lifespan 4-5 years) and hamsters listed at $18.99! ( average lifespan of 2-3 years) What kind of prices are charged for the both in your area?
*********New message**************************************8/21/09
From reading some of the answers below I think I have been misunderstood a bit. I have no problem with paying any amount for my new furbaby. I just wondered why my local store charged double for hamsters and wanted to see what other zootooers found for prices in their area. I lost my beloved mouse Chester a few months back and already have a large aquarium cage and assessories and bedding. I was just waiting to pick up food till I chose my new furbaby. I think all animal's are precious and believe me my new little one will be very loved and very spoiled indeed. Thank you... :)

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Kaylee
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Aug 21, 2009

Hi! Like others have said. If $18.99 is bothering you, you probably shouldn't get yourself a hamster or gerbil at all! You also have to buy a cage/aquarium, plus all accessories - toys, wheels, food/water dishes, etc. Then, there is is the food and bedding that needs to be bought regularily, as it runs out! This does not even include if you ever had to take the hamster to a vet!
I have a gerbil (before two) and can tell you they are not a "cheap" pet to own!
Also, $18.99 does seem quite expensive for a hamster to me! Around here, they are $7.99 for the basic Syrian hamster, with the prices higher with other breeds/colours. I believe gerbils are also about $7.99.
Don't NOT buy a hamster over a gerbil for the sake of a few $$.
Also, I don't recommend buying from big chain pet stores, such as Petco/Petsmart. Adopt from a rescue/shelter, if possible, or if not, buy from a small run petstore that breeds there own small pets, if possible.
Thanks,
Mastifflover48

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Jillian
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Aug 21, 2009

hamsters are more popular than gerbils so sometimes the crank up the cost. i think $10-$20 is a depreciated value. they're living creatures, a life you become responsible for. if you can't afford $20, you can't afford to care for an animal. and if you think $20 for a life is outrageous, you don't value them enough to deserve their company.

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Kavykeeper
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Aug 21, 2009

Call you local shelter and see if they have any for adoption. They might also be able to sell you a cage and other supplies at a much lower cost. The price is usually high enough to keep people from buying them for snake food.

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Ethel02
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Aug 20, 2009

What if your pet should get sick? You do know they can get sick, and they feel pain & they need a Vet, & $18.99 is making you nervous, you also need a a cage, toys's, food & bedding, & they should also have fresh fruits & veggies, whatever the Vet or site on here says, they also have to be kept clean, which means fresh bedding & they eat every day so you will have to spend money before their lifespan is over.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Aug 20, 2009

$18.99? Are you SURE they were hampsters? I really like the dwarf siberian hampsters. Did you look at those PETCO care sheets I gave you the link for? Hampsters are usually like...5-10 bucks just like gerbils. Usually the g pigs are $20! What store were you at!?!

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