What's the most money you wasted on the hobby?

wellington

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Since bulbs don't have little hour counters on them then who is to know? If I brought it back a week later I could have put 168 hours on it! Imagine clerks doing math to see if you went beyond a preset hour limit. I would buy bulbs just to take back to watch that show!!!!
I have had to return bulbs years ago. Bought wrong size before for a fish aquarium and a couple times with a mvb that wouldn't last more then a day or two. Also have returned mvb online for the same reason as the others.
I probably was getting the ones all the dishonest people are returning.
 

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BEVERLY'S pet center in Hollywood Florida considers lights as non refundable electronics.
My PetSmart took back reptile lights for me. It was even a couple of months later. It would probably be better to buy really good ones online since they're not available in our stores. BUT most other stores around here won't. There was nothing wrong with them as far as I know because they were never used. I just changed my mind about using them... and yes it was TFO advice against them. And yes I told them so.🙂
 

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My PetSmart took back reptile lights for me. It was even a couple of months later. It would probably be better to buy really good ones online since they're not available in our stores. BUT most other stores around here won't. There was nothing wrong with them as far as I know because they were never used. I just changed my mind about using them... and yes it was TFO advice against them. And yes I told them so.🙂
None of my local pet shops carry or sell T5 lamps.
These where all older T8s. And I could only tell that they had been used because the ends had a grey color to them.
I also once got one that wasn't even a UVB bulb in a UVB package.
This happened semi regularly.
Now I purchase my T5 stuff online.
So far. So good.
 

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Ive wasted so much money on bulbs. From basking to UVB, it took me forever to find the right kind of bulb that worked for my little guy. I went to change a bulb one time and as I screwed it in very gently, it broke all in my hand. So then I bought another bulb. At the time I used a clip lamp for a temporary pool enclosure, well my puppy ( he is so sweet but he is so stupid and big) jumped up to look at my tort and flipped the pool over and smashed the lamp and the bulb with it. My tort was fine, but ever since then I don't use clip lamps, and also don't let my dog in my room. o_O
 

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Ive wasted so much money on bulbs. From basking to UVB, it took me forever to find the right kind of bulb that worked for my little guy. I went to change a bulb one time and as I screwed it in very gently, it broke all in my hand. So then I bought another bulb. At the time I used a clip lamp for a temporary pool enclosure, well my puppy ( he is so sweet but he is so stupid and big) jumped up to look at my tort and flipped the pool over and smashed the lamp and the bulb with it. My tort was fine, but ever since then I don't use clip lamps, and also don't let my dog in my room. o_O
Yep. Any clamp on type of lamp needs an insurance policy against failure. Because they ALWAYS eventually fail.
Screws, zip ties, etc.
Or even better. If the budget allows for it, throw the clamp light in the trash.
 

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I think vet bills would be the biggest waste for this hobby. Though I’ve never had to use one for my tort. Read on here constantly about tortoise trips to the vet, or a tortoise having a yearly check up! Perfect way to give away money to stranger.
 

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I think vet bills would be the biggest waste for this hobby. Though I’ve never had to use one for my tort. Read on here constantly about tortoise trips to the vet, or a tortoise having a yearly check up! Perfect way to give away money to stranger.
My initial post was wrong.
The money I spent saved the animals life.
While I consider my dog to be FAMILY and my other animals are just PETS, they all get absolutely the best of everything that I can find for them.
Including veterinary care.
If I'd spent all of that money with a vet that was some idiot and the tortoise died, that'd be a waste.
 

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I have to say guns are way more than torts 🤣😂🤣😂
Yes. Agreed. 😂 And that’s a hobby. My tortoise/turtle husbandry/keeping I consider a hobby. I’m interested in the plants and habitats that come with tortoise. I don’t consider my dogs and cats a hobby, they are animal companions that I provide a good life for :)
 

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Yes. Agreed. 😂 And that’s a hobby. My tortoise/turtle husbandry/keeping I consider a hobby. I’m interested in the plants and habitats that come with tortoise. I don’t consider my dogs and cats a hobby, they are animal companions that I provide a good life for :)
Same.
Just got my SCAR S16 and that needs a lot of extras 🤣😂
Plants are my hobby too. More than before.
And my other guilty pleasure- lego 🙄🤣😂
 

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I tried to tell my wife a Russian and a Leopard are way better than a Cinnamon and a Jasmine!
Yea. My house wabbit vet visits are way cheaper than Dilly cat. And nothing for Sapphire so far. I do have to redecorate now and then if Razberri decides to try a snack.😁
 
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