The last 2 years I have sold my fur put up to a fur buyer and my coons went for 6$ and otters for 55$. If I was to send these to NAFA how much to y'all think they would bring. I live in Slidell so everything is very southern.
I contacted Wiebkie furs and Petska furs about shipping to them and neither seemed to interested in fur from Louisiana. Petska said they weren't very familiar with La. Fur but they would give it a shot. Wiebkie emailed me back and asked what fur I had and where was I from , when I emailed them back and told them I had coon, otter, beaver and mink from La. I never heard back from them. I don't know where to sell at now. Never shipped to NAFA and have no clue how to go about it.
I'm still new at it my self. I'm hoping someone who has experience with NAFA can give us more input. But what I do know is the local fur buyers have to make money as well. And if there buying coons for 6$ and otters for 55$ they are selling them for a higher price. On the NAFA website they have pickup routes and information on shipping. I'm going to sell local this year but I am going to take the gamble and send them to auction next year.
Post by Eric Cottrell on Jan 16, 2013 20:11:00 GMT -5
The Louisiana otter that I know that sold at NAFA this past season averaged anywhere from $82 on the low end to $97.57 on the high end. These prices where from 7 different sellers that I know that shipped with me.
Coon is gona depend on what you send(all or just your better stuff), their color, their damage, etc. Coon from northwest La is some of the best in the state. I averaged just over $14 this year. Most ever. No idea what you area would do.
You have to think about hidden costs also. 11% commission if your not a member of the Wild Fur Shippers Council. $2 on each "cities" tag. Drumming fees on long haired skins. Shipping fees. And then there is no gaurantee that anything you ship will even sell. Once shipped, it stays there until it is bought. I have had some stuff up there for three seasons before it sold.
Local buyers are money in your pocket right now. And you have the option of declining an offer and taking your furs back home. Not so with NAFA.
I am not trying to talk you into or out of shipping. Just giving you some things to think about. I have dealt with Danny Perry and Jimmy Gillespie for years. Their service as country furbuyers are what keeps our tradition alive in the south. I hope to continue dealing with them for years to come. I also ship some stuff to NAFA. You have to figure out what works for you.
thanks Eric for giving us some numbers. it would take alot of fur to really make it worth while. maby in the furture when i stack up on some otters i will give it a try, until then i will continue to sell to perry.