I’m always amazed at the number of whips that people are selling on ebay where the seller is NOT HONEST! Here’s the latest example:
Now early on I’ve made bullwhips like this, but here’s what the seller says:
I don’t do many whips and when I put one up for sale on ebay! It represents my company and you can rest assure! it’s not going to be any kind of cheap whip! I only make the best!
So this seller is saying his 6 foot bullwhip is “the best!”. Look at his bullwhip above (it has more sharp angles in it than a box of broken glass!) and compare it with one of the best (here’s a Joe Strain for comparison):
According to this seller they are on the same level!
The seller of the sh*tty bullwhip is a scumbag! Now don’t get me wrong, everyone has to start somewhere, but saying that you “only make the best” when it’s clear that the bullwhip maker doesn’t have many bullwhips under their belt or is in serious denial of their abilities, in my opinion if its either case the maker is a scumbag by pimping their bullwhip and it will probably be bought by an uninformed buyer that actually thinks they are getting “the best”.
When you are selling a bullwhip and are new at making them it’s important to tell people that. Usually the people that buy from new makers are people who are just getting into whip cracking and need/want a cheaper bullwhip. But selling a bullwhip that’s not “the best” and passing it off as “the best” will only do end up hurting the whipcracking industry in the long run.
Here’s how I see it, when someone get’s a whip that they are told is “the best” but is lacking in quality, they will think it’s the best because they’ve never tried a better bullwhip. Now I’ve never handled the bullwhip in question, but if it’s poorly weighted then the person buying it will have limited success with it and give up on whip cracking. The more people who are into sport whipcracking the better, with a bigger field of people cracking whips you get more innovations and it’ll take away some of the negative sterotypes of whips.
In the interest of full disclosure I’m not the best bullwhip maker in the world, but no one can argue that I’m not honest with my abilities. I don’t say that my bullwhips are comparable to guys like Paul Nolan, Joe Strain, Bernardo Del Carpio, David Morgan, who make fantastic bullwhips.
So to sum it all up, if you making bullwhips and selling them take an honest look at your bullwhips and try to stand on the other side of the counter (the customer’s side) and do the right thing, BE HONEST!!