zebrafox wrote:@bajacalal what exactly makes you think it's a scam? I have a contract from them saying they will be delivering my fox to me in August or I get my money back. So, if neither of these things happen I can take them to court.... I don't see why they'd sign a contract with me if they were planning on taking my money and running. :)
Then that would be a scam, which is what I thought they are, if they sign a contract with you that they don't intend to fulfill and then disappear completely. They would only have to scam a dozen or 2 dozen people to make $50,000-100,000...
When people first started talking about them, I was very suspicious as the information they posted on their website did not coincide with the actual legal and other (like medical) issues that people have owning exotic animals though they have since updated this and have their website linked on the Russian site which gives them more credibility, as has the fact that you did your due diligence in dealing with them when you signed up for a fox and trust them with your money.
However, the only way I could find to contact them was online or at an address in Nevada which turns out to be a post office box at one of those mail/shipping stores and not an actual location of their operations. This led me to suspect that they were a scam and not a legitimate business. But, I will admit that a business such as theirs may have a reason to keep their real information from the public.
To answer your other question, I think a lot of people want a fox, not simply because it's a fox, but because it is wild. I know that isn't the best way to put that and to say it's a wild animal is controversial here so maybe I should say that it has wild traits
which people admire. People want to have this experience of what life is like with this beautiful wild animal as their companion. You could say it is a goal for many people to earn the trust of this animal. I think for a lot of us it wouldn't be the same if it was like getting a puppy.
And, people have put themselves through a lot to get an ordinary fox and make living with it into a workable situation and they could feel like you cheated by getting a domesticated one. They could think you want the fox because it's pretty but don't want the extra work that goes with owning one (though this is probably not true).
Anyway, I hope things work out for you and that you get him/her because I am excited to learn more about the Russian foxes and I think that the sale of domesticated foxes has the potential to be a very positive thing for people who own foxes or want to own them.