So the questions becomes how do you do it?
Fair or not, it is not good for the geckos as everything declines with the price, i.e. genetic standards, sanitary standards (disease is common in all the commonly bred geckos). I also find just by posting something on Kingsnake often lowers the perception of price and/or quantity when it is the same few individuals up for sale. It seems to be the truelly rare geckos suffering this while the common ones are hyped well above typical mark up. The public educated on this would help everyone.
While it might be a nice dream to think about having some sort of price stabilization mechanism in place, I have to agree that in practice I cannot see it ever being workable in a free market economy. There will always be those who price higher or lower than others and there's really nothing that anyone can do about it. If the demand outstrips the supply of available animals, then the price will rise. If the supply is greater than the demand, the price will fall. We can argue until we're blue in the face about what the price should be or the fact that there should be more demand for certain species, but the fact remains that the basic principles of supply and demand will drive the prices being paid for various species. Perhaps we need to focus more energy on increasing the demand part of the equation if there is a need to stabilize or increase prices. The breeder / seller has to convince buyers that their product is worth the asking price. This is how it works with houses, cars, computers, etc... geckos are no different in terms of how the market works. My .02 worth.
Ridge and Valley Reptiles
Valid points and information I have already considered. The point is not to alter the price by placing it on print "this is the price" but by giving details of going prices and explain why 10 different gecko of the same species, even same color form sell for more or less. If you buy a Indian or South African species from Jon Boone, it might fetch a higher price do to his relentless work on keeping not only good bloodlines but seperating local spacific otherwise not concerned by the general market. You are honored in this system for your good thoughtful work to the future of the species and hobby. Those that are not showing proof of good bloodline fall under a lower priced general pricing typical of say pet store sales, as we know the seconds are many times dumped on them. Also import or captive bred will be considered and basically it will function differently for each species. A never before imported species might get just an sexed adult, m or f, and young or one general price while Leopard Geckos will be extensive and seperated into the typical local spacific section and the designer section. And the way house prices where fixed to go well above what the market can substain will not happen here if I am involved. I don't want to control the market, I want to stabalize it for a healthier market that is worth investing into.
Hopefully that make sense.
What markets are "fixed" that are not monopolistic? It's simply a matter of supply and demand in my humble opinion.
"monitoring" of "good Breeder's" lineages seems pretty unrealistic. By whom?
If you want to see something that has done this very well is look into sports cards. They have all of this. I would take that idea and cross it with dogs/horse stud books etc...the cross roads of other similar concepts into one unique plan for geckos and/or all reptiles and amphibians. It might take the fun out for some but it will better the animal I am sure.