I play the game of where-to-get-crickets-from far too often depending on how many I need and when I need to have them by. With baby chameleons there are too many hungry mouths to have time to wait if I miss the shipping deadline, and cost definitely adds up! I made a cheat sheet for myself and figured I'd share. I've amassed the major cricket supplier information with links to their websites for anyone shopping around for bulk crickets! Based on prices in December 2013 with shipping from listed base location to Colorado with overnight shipping. Shipping is going to be variable depending on destination location but this will give you an idea of where to start at least. Some suppliers ship in smaller quantities. Listed in alphabetical order. Happy cricket shopping!
Shipping: $15.95, all conditions guarantee. Shipped same day if order placed before noon CST Mon-Thurs.
Base: South Carolina
Shipping: $12.50 for USPS 1-2 day shipping as only option. No guarantee below 25 degrees or above 95 degrees or if no one to accept delivery. Shipped same day if order placed before noon EST Mon-Thurs.
Shipping: included in cost. All conditions guarantee as long as winter shipping option with overnight chosen. Shipped same day if order placed before 1pm PST Mon-Thurs.
Fluker Farms Crickets
Shipping: $14.80, hold for weather below 15 degrees or no guarantee. Shipped same day if order placed before 3pm CST Mon-Thurs.
Shipping: $26.53, no guarantee below 25 degrees or over 95 degrees, report within 1 hour of delivery if problem if left at door. Shipped same day if order placed before noon EST Mon-Thurs.
Great Lakes Hornworms
Shipping: $11.50 for 'standard shipping' which appears to be UPS Ground. No guarantee if below 40 degrees, above 80 degrees or if no one home to accept deliver. Shipped same day if order placed before 6am CST Mon-Wed.
Shipping: $87.24! (should probably verify with customer service because there's no way that's right), no guarantee below 40 degrees or above 80 degrees. Shipped same day if order placed before noon EST Mon-Thurs.
Base: Timberline Crickets
Shipping: $25.78, no guarantee if overnight lows below 10 degrees. Shipped same day if order placed before 4pm EST Mon-Thurs.
Base: Illinois via Timberline Crickets
Shipping: $25.75, no guarantee below 35 degrees or over 90 degrees. Shipped same day if order placed before noon EST Mon-Thurs.
Shipping: $20.92, all conditions guarantee. Shipped same day if order placed before 3pm EST Mon-Thurs.
1000: $29.99 ($22.99 if recurring order)
Shipping: $8.99 (shipping promotions do not apply). Ships next day from when order placed. Does not specify mode of shipping.
Shipping: $24-48, no guarantee below 30 degrees. Shipped same day if order placed before 2pm EST Mon-Thurs.
Shipping: $22.20, all conditions guaranteed. Shipped same day if order placed before 5pm EST Mon-Thurs.
**Always verify shipping information and pricing with the supplier directly as things may have changed since this information was posted.**
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