Like most betta keepers I started out with veiltails and crowntails, at the time I did not even know that other varieties existed!!!!! After doing some research though I fell in love with the betta even more and desperately wanted either a HM PK or HM. Unfortunately our town did not offer anything other than VT and CT. After a year or so however a new petshop opened up and they offered HM, delta tails and HM PK..... I so wanted one but I couldn't believe they were asking $40-$50 a fish......
Time went by and so it seemed there just was not the market for fancy bettas here and so the petshop sold the rest of their fancy bettas off at VT/CT price and to my delight I came home with a nice turquoise HM PK. That was it I was hooked and I have not had a VT since.
This thread however has opened my eyes!!!!!!! some of the veiltails on here are just amazing and if I had the opportunity I would snap them up in a second!!!!!!!!!! Sooooooo gorgeous!!!!!!!
I think that it would be a great idea to include VT in betta shows because it would mean that breeders would work on improving their quality and offering more unusual colours. As it is most VT seem to be mass produced without any thought because they are simply trying to produce as many as possible to make money because pet shops will take almost any quality VT as long as they are not physically deformed or sick.
In saying that I think that all bettas are special because while some lack in finnage and colour they make up for in personality and make wonderful pets but I do think that being able to show them would lead to a general improvement in colour and finnage.