I became aware of a new group today. A group I believe could be very beneficial to the Breedables Community, so I decided to take this opportunity to highlight it here and encourage any market owners, breedable creatores and perhaps those that are considering opening a market to contact Carter Giacobini in regards to BSMA. I asked Carter to give us a run-down on the goals and purpose of this new groups:
The Breedables Secondary Market Association (BSMA) was born from the idea that we’re all in the same boat, so to speak. If all of the various venues that offer breedables had a space to discuss the issues that could possibly effect us all, then we’ll all be better off. BSMA was birthed. Of course, this gave way to some other ideas and so some immediate short term goals got created.
1) Open an honest and meaningful dialogue with the creators of the breedables and the venue owners/employees. Obviously, without the creators, we would not have the breedables that we love so much. However, without the secondary market venues, there wouldn’t be a reason for them to reproduce. I truly believe (because we see the breedables from the other side of the design desk) that we can offer views or ideas that they may have either overlooked or lost sight of. This doesn’t mean that we expect the creators to take our thoughts as gospel. What this is meant to do is to give all of us an opportunity to be able to walk a mile in each other’s shoes, so to speak.
2) Open an honest and meaningful dialogue between marketplaces. Yes, we’re all competitors, but we’re all in the same boat, as well. If one venue is suffering because of an issue that has the possibility to effect everyone, that it would be in all of our best interests to figure out a way to rectify it. The only way this can happen is if we all have a safe place to come and bounce ideas off of each other or get support from each other regarding positive and negative things that occur in our markets. It will also be easier for us to spot trends if we’re able to talk to each other in a safe space.
3) Start to figure out a way of promoting the industry in general. Yes, this usually falls on the shoulders of the breedable manufacturer. However, much like the AKC, I think it would be a boost to all of us if we were an advocate for the industry in general. This will probably cost money, but split amongst all of us, it will be nominal.
4) Start to develop industry standards and practices for the secondary market. I don’t mean “price fixing” or anything like that. What I mean is general guidelines that can serve as a template for newcomers to the business. Obviously, this will be a continuous conversation as the industry changes. But, we can start that conversation now.
Of course, this is (hopefully) just the beginning of being able to effect our breedables industry in a positive way. We already have a few breedable creators in the group and many secondary market venues. If you’re an owner of a secondary market or a critical employee, please send Carter Giacobini a notecard for an invite to the group!