Whether originating from farms or the wild, public auctions are the principal method of selling raw (unprocessed) pelts to buyers from all over the world.
Pelts of similar type, size and quality are sorted into selected bundles, or “lots” that buyers can inspect before selling begins. This means that it is IMPOSSIBLE to tell from which farm pelts originated.
The price for each fur type is determined by market supply and demand. On conclusion of the auction, farmers and trappers receive the full value that was paid for their furs, minus a small fee charged by the auction house.
The major auction houses are:
AMERICAN LEGEND CO-OPERATIVE (North America)
KOPENHAGEN FUR (Denmark)
SAGA FURS OYJ (Finland)
NORTH AMERICAN FUR AUCTIONS (NAFA) (USA & Canada)
FUR HARVESTERS AUCTION INC. (USA & Canada)
Because fur only belongs on the animal born with it, raw pelts are kept in cold storage and treated with toxic chemicals to stop them from biodegrading.
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