I recently spent $200 on a pair of wild bettas that were just over an inch in size, and I know some people might consider no fish worth that price.
It all comes down to how much someone is willing to spend. A person with a large disposable income, may not give a second thought to spending several hundred dollars on a fish. However, there are others who think spending $50 on a fish is exoirbant.
Personally, I would not spend $500 on that particular fish. However, there are certain bettas that I would very easily pay several hundred dollars to own.
I checked out your site earlier, and for me, I would spend $200 on a PAIR (not one) of wild Bettas and possibly a couple others..I can't think of a fish I'd spend $500 on for just 1 though. It just really interested me and I was curious as to how far others would go for that particular fish or for the fish of their dreams.
Wild bettas are one thing, you're breeding them and doing a good service by helping save them.
But that fish is more than likely a marble and I'd bet money on it changing colors (if it hasn't already). It's been listed for well over 3? months and no one has bought it yet. I still don't (and never did) see why they named it I Love you betta - because the grey vaguely resembles a heart?
A wild betta is still a betta. I don't own them because they are endangered and want to save them. I own them because I like the look of them.
Like I said I don't think that particular betta is worth $500 as it looks pretty ordinary to me.
However, if I was still into splendens, had the money, and found a fish I really wanted, I could still see myself spending a couple of hundred dollars. Maybe not $500, but probably around the $200-250 mark.
Well, I would pay up near $800 for a fully grown, female, rare species of tarantula or a pair of fully grown, rare tarantulas...and I would pay $500 for a really nice koi, but I really would not pay that much for a betta. I love bettas, but I am no betta breeder and it's pricey enough to set up a really good tank, so I don't want to go spending that much money on a fish when the supplies will set me back $50 alone.