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Old 04-09-2016, 05:30 PM   #1
Exclamation Buyer Beware Richard Kim Vancouver

I was unfortunate enough to have the dealings with this man who sold me two turtles, one that died three days after arrival from a confirmed RI by the vet, who also said the turtle had been infected before shipping. He has found out from a professional that his turtles are sick, and since then, is selling them in kijji and claiming that he is downsizing his collection. He gave misinformation about the turtles sold, and only after receiving payment. Please be careful, I am so glad I segregated the sick turtle or else my others would have become infected. This man is knowingly selling his turtles that are sick and trying to make a buck off them before they die!
Old 04-17-2016, 12:59 PM   #2
I have also dealt with this individual. He came to trade turtles and arrived with 4 sick Reeves' turtles. I told him that all four had shell rot and fungal growths on their limbs. Several of their claws had literally fallen off from the rot and their tails were also in bad shape. A couple of them had RI and when I told him all of this, he told me he had bought them from a private breeder and did not remember his name. He also told me that he was a fairly new and inexperienced collector that had just started keeping turtles. He also stated that he had not noticed any health problems and thought that they were healthy animals and asked again if I wanted to make the exchange. I declined the offer and he bought a Mississippi map turtle and promised to confront the seller of the Reeves'. When you contacted me to let me know that you had bought a sick Reeves from someone named "Richard" selling on Kijiji in the Vancouver area, I was a bit surprised. I looked up the ad and saw not only was this the same guy, but he was selling the Mississippi Map as well and at a much higher price than retail. I wrote him about selling the sick turtles and that especially as a reseller, he ought to be more honest with his customers and he replied that he was not a seller of any sort, just someone clearing out part of his collection. I am really surprised that he has not responded here, have you notified him of this thread?
Old 04-18-2016, 04:13 AM   #3
Hi Bruce,
Thanks for your input in this matter. I have emailed him again and have notified him of my complaint on the site.
I hope this at least sheds a light to some about the risks one takes in buying a turtle from someone not reputable.
Not only did my turtle die, but it could have transmitted RI to the other one traveling with it as its extremely infectious. Mr Kim claims it was the cold that killed the turtle. However, that does not explain why he would knowingly send a turtle that was already sick, as Bruce himself informed him that he must sort these issues out before selling them.

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