The work that goes into breeding them, raising them, feeding them properly. The time and effort that goes into their parents. Local Purity. Equipment costs.Can anyone tell me a valid reason why F. pardalis are worth $300? $475? $600!?!
Also just as important, is the fact that by keeping the prices at that level, you're raising the bar of admission to prevent impulse purchases and more dead chameleons.
Finally, a level of profitability has to be maintained to ensure a quality supply of available animals. People don't breed the other species because the price is too low, leaving us with nothing but WC animals.
The economy is crashing in general because everybody wants to pay nothing for everything, and they want to be paid top dollar at their jobs. There is no way to support both of those ideals at the same time.