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Posted: 10/25/2004 4:54:09 PM EST
Is this just the latest Amway? It seems like you really only raise alpacas to sell them to some other pour schmuck to raise alpacas to some other poor schmuck..... etc.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:55:05 PM EST
It's alot of fun to chase them around in a old F-100
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:55:17 PM EST
Smaller rendition of the llama, supposedly is easier to keep and not as tempermental.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:56:05 PM EST
Taste like chicken only much, much bigger.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:56:52 PM EST
The steaks are okay but the roasts cook out dry.

MT
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:57:15 PM EST
AHHHHHH! Memories of the Ostrich scam. Cool animal though.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 5:05:01 PM EST
Wife has a cousin that has llamas. Seems once the word got out, folks drive from all over to GIVE them more llamas .
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 5:31:08 PM EST

Originally Posted By norman74:
Is this just the latest Amway? It seems like you really only raise alpacas to sell them to some other pour schmuck to raise alpacas to some other poor schmuck..... etc.



I think that is about the best analysis I've read about those alpaca commericals.... pet rocks?
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 5:36:35 PM EST
IMHO it's just like the ostrich thing. Pyramid scheme. You buy a few for $2000 each, breed them, join the "group" sell the offspring to the next sucker to recoup your investment.

They shave them like sheep and use the wool, at least they do in the Andes mountains anyway. As a side note, I've looked at them at the local ag expo, they are a really cool critter, great personality, don't spit like llamas, and as cute as can be. I figure when the Alpaca market crashes like the ostrich market did, I'll get a couple to graze around the pasture.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 7:14:13 PM EST
The alpaca scheme itself doesn't just involve the animal's offspring.

Many of the breeders make you sign an exclusive with them where they buy the wool from you BELOW COST.

You owe THEM money if they don't get the wool on time.

If you breed them, they have to sign the same agreement.

It means the primary seller of them is making tons of money off of selling alapacas, and their wool for next to no work.

eeeeevil, isn't it.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 7:16:17 PM EST
I never have heard of them before.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 7:17:55 PM EST
Alpaca nine in my britches.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 7:19:32 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/25/2004 8:09:22 PM EST by Hank_Rearden1]
Alpaca wool is great. It's lighter than sheep wool and just as warm, and soft and breathes well too. I have a couple suits that are alpaca and silk blend and alpca and cotton blend. They are very light but very warm in the winter, yet they can be worn in the summer too (the alpaca/cotton blend).
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 7:19:43 PM EST
Alopecia is hair loss. Are you going bald?
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 7:41:37 PM EST
Not a Llama!
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 7:45:12 PM EST
Alpaca

Link Posted: 10/25/2004 7:46:37 PM EST
alpaca fur is softer
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 7:56:50 PM EST
Went to grad school with a guy from Puru who had a really nice handmade suit made from Alpaca. From where his family was from, I think everything was handmade, but this suit was definitly GQ all the way. The Alpaca fur and thus thread is very soft. In fact, he said that long ago, cloth made from the Alpaca was reserved for royalty in Incan culture. He also said that most of the produced material is sent off to Italy and Asia. Even so, I doubt there is any money in it here in the states, because the High Brows like to get their goods "from the source" - it's the whole feel good thing.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 7:57:30 PM EST
I love animals. They are delicious.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 8:01:04 PM EST
When I was in college my girlfriend gave me an alpaca woll cap from Peru, where she had lived for a year as an exchange student.

Moths ate it all up.

Link Posted: 10/26/2004 6:41:10 AM EST
Alpaca suitcase and be ready in a few minutes.
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 6:57:24 AM EST
What was the gun that Alpacaino used in the movie "Heat"?
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 6:57:48 AM EST
$2000? Last time I checked a couple years ago they were going for $6000. Each.


Saw a spot on the Science Channel last year where Arab scientists have bread a camel to a llama. The result is small, friendly and very cute. They plan to sell them to rich arabs as pets.
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 6:58:21 AM EST
All I know is that they need really small cow bells.
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 6:59:56 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/26/2004 7:00:36 AM EST by Lockedon]
Here is Mrs. Lockedon lying on a Alpaca Fur Rug




ETA: VERY soft fur I might add
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 7:11:17 AM EST

Originally Posted By Dolomite:
All I know is that they need really small cow bells.



what this post needs is more ALPACA BELL!
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 7:16:16 AM EST

Originally Posted By Lockedon:
Here is Mrs. Lockedon lying on a Alpaca Fur Rug

tinypic.com/acvv6


ETA: VERY soft fur I might add



Hey, how does that rug hold up to pecker tracks?

Link Posted: 10/26/2004 7:21:11 AM EST

Originally Posted By thinman:

Originally Posted By Lockedon:
Here is Mrs. Lockedon lying on a Alpaca Fur Rug

tinypic.com/acvv6


ETA: VERY soft fur I might add



Hey, how does that rug hold up to pecker tracks?




what?
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 7:23:00 AM EST
You know Slug trails?
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 7:23:48 AM EST
They are very well behaved on dates and warm at night.
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 7:26:05 AM EST

Originally Posted By norman74:
Is this just the latest Amway? It seems like you really only raise alpacas to sell them to some other pour schmuck to raise alpacas to some other poor schmuck..... etc.



The pyramid livestock of the 21st century. Kinda like Ostriches and Pot Belly pigs of the 80's and 90's.
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 7:35:48 AM EST

Originally Posted By thinman:

Originally Posted By Lockedon:
Here is Mrs. Lockedon lying on a Alpaca Fur Rug
tinypic.com/acvv6
ETA: VERY soft fur I might add


Hey, how does that rug hold up to pecker tracks?


Link Posted: 10/26/2004 7:43:46 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 7:43:46 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 7:51:57 AM EST
I am not sure what it is but those things have the same effect on me as clowns do on some people-Although they do not scare me, I jsut would like to take a nice Louisiville Slugger right to their furry mellons
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 7:56:10 AM EST

Originally Posted By Lockedon:
Here is Mrs. Lockedon lying on a Alpaca Fur Rug

tinypic.com/acvv6


ETA: VERY soft fur I might add



Mrs. Lockedon's fur or the Alpaca's?
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 8:00:01 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/26/2004 8:00:33 AM EST by Lockedon]

Originally Posted By CS223:

Originally Posted By Lockedon:
Here is Mrs. Lockedon lying on a Alpaca Fur Rug

tinypic.com/acvv6


ETA: VERY soft fur I might add



Mrs. Lockedon's fur or the Alpaca's?



Alpaca's fur of course
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 9:24:39 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/26/2004 9:25:57 AM EST by BlammO]
We'll need a LOT more pictures of Mrs. Lockedon on, near and away from the rug in order to make a fair assessment.

Thinman,


Originally posted by Cleatus:
I am not sure what it is but those things have the same effect on me as clowns do on some people-Although they do not scare me, I jsut would like to take a nice Louisiville Slugger right to their furry mellons



That would be an alpaca smacka/whacka, cracka.

ETA: Alpaca down!!!
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