What do you look for in rat hammocks?

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What is the most important think you look at when buying hammocks?

Price
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35%
Material Choice
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Website
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Pictures
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Loyalty
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Other, please comment below
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What do you look for in rat hammocks?

Post by RetroLemons » Mon Aug 06, 2012 5:43 pm

I'm not sure if I'm allowed to post this or if it is in the correct place, so if not I'm really sorry.

Basically I'm interested in doing a bit of research in what you as the consumer are interested in when looking to buy hammocks, at first I believed it was purely down to price as long as the hammocks were round about the same quality but I'm beginning to wonder if this is the case.

Thanks for taking the time, and please if you have any added information you want to add comment below :dumbogirly:
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Post by babytarragon » Mon Aug 06, 2012 5:44 pm

Material is the most important, I want something which washes well and dries quickly!

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Post by RetroLemons » Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:02 pm

babytarragon wrote:Material is the most important, I want something which washes well and dries quickly!
Like fleece! Thanks for taking the time to comment :)
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Re: What do you look for in rat hammocks?

Post by el_8tch » Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:08 pm

I usually buy them because I like the look of them and then fume when they are destroyed in a matter of minutes :evil:

Now I look at interesting designs, i.e. the hammock hangers and those that sit in corners, so that I may make the most of my space.
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Post by acapae_wolf » Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:13 pm

Design
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Material
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Post by ellis » Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:16 pm

As long as the quality is good, I find myself strangely concerned about the material! Lots of hammocks seem to be pink, flowery or otherwise too girly for my tastes, and while I don't mind camo I'd rather have a bit more variety in hammock material.
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Post by Lillyland » Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:17 pm

At the rate mine destroy hammocks, it has to be price.

It is coming to the time of year again when i have to suck it up and actually admit defeat and buy more.
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Post by HannahF » Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:26 pm

If I'm completely honest, a range of nice looking fabrics tends to be my priority :oops: . Although I want my hammocks to wash/dry quickly, be strong and not get chewed to death too quickly, I cant honestly say I think about that much when I buy them other than them being reasonably priced to I can get a few!

I think if your ordering custom made ones then one of the biggest things is what the person's like themselves, people are almost guaranteed to get repeat business from me if their products good and they're friendly.
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Post by Philosophyfox » Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:37 pm

I chose other, as I must say safety is my main concern. I've received hammocks with frayed insides, frayed webbing, pins left in, not stitched together correctly.

After that I mostly look at what needs i have in the cage. If I want something for the cold weather say, or to fit a corner. Tea towels usually come in handy for safety hammocks and general lounging, so it's only really extra/specialist needs I need pre-made hammocks for.
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Post by RetroLemons » Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:41 pm

Philosophyfox wrote:I chose other, as I must say safety is my main concern. I've received hammocks with frayed insides, frayed webbing, pins left in, not stitched together correctly.

After that I mostly look at what needs i have in the cage. If I want something for the cold weather say, or to fit a corner. Tea towels usually come in handy for safety hammocks and general lounging, so it's only really extra/specialist needs I need pre-made hammocks for.
I'm sorry, but pins left inside?!? Are they still trading and did you email them? :o
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Post by Philosophyfox » Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:46 pm

Nope, no longer trading. And yes, words were had. I know it's easily done, I've done it before with mine. But I do check mine before putting them in the cage. Now I double check all bought hammocks routinely for pins. I wonder if it's something I should have always done. Oh well! :dunce:

ETA on another occassion there was a broken sewing machine needle in one.
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Re: What do you look for in rat hammocks?

Post by RetroLemons » Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:49 pm

Philosophyfox wrote:Nope, no longer trading. And yes, words were had. I know it's easily done, I've done it before with mine. But I do check mine before putting them in the cage. Now I double check all bought hammocks routinely for pins. I wonder if it's something I should have always done. Oh well! :dunce:

ETA on another occassion there was a broken sewing machine needle in one.
:shock: I wouldn't be happy about that at all! I've had sewing machine needles break but I take it all out and then rub my fingers over it to ensure there is nothing there. Perhaps I'm a bit OCD about it, I once lost a pen and opened up my packages to make sure I hadn't accidently put it in but of course it ended up being somewhere else entirely!
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Post by HereticPr1me » Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:52 pm

Material - if its available in nice patterns and whether I want a particular lining (normal fleece, polar fleece etc.)
Pictures - I have to see it, no decent pics no sale. Ideally closeups of bits that matter, like how the hanging rings are attached.
Other :
Other is because I think the construction quality and innovative design are probably most important. My rats have to be safe and forking out for hammocks must be worth my money.

Normally I knock out my own hammocks, but on birthdays, which I combine into world rat day now, I will get them something special. For that reason I did not tick price, not that price isnt important but as its only once a year I can spalsh out on something posh as long as its reasonable and the other factors are met.
In terms of loyalty, well there are one or two sites that I go to for such things and have always been happy with them, so I suppose theres an element of that. Perhaps loyalty should be thought of as consistency of manufacture and service.
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Post by Philosophyfox » Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:00 pm

RetroLemons wrote:
:shock: I wouldn't be happy about that at all! I've had sewing machine needles break but I take it all out and then rub my fingers over it to ensure there is nothing there. Perhaps I'm a bit OCD about it, I once lost a pen and opened up my packages to make sure I hadn't accidently put it in but of course it ended up being somewhere else entirely!
Not OCD at all, it's how it should be! Quality control!
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Re: What do you look for in rat hammocks?

Post by annc » Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:05 pm

Mine seem to find that the more fleecy the quicker they will destroy them - so I go for plainish material, and in 'non-childish' patterns.

Mine like the pagoda style or an open boat.

Long hammocks to fit an Explorer seem to be a gap in the market.
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