They started out at 6.99 a few weeks later they jumped to 15.99, I breed them and trade them to the LFS , the bummer is my male died and I have to buy my own fish back at full price, I really need a male but refuse to pay that price again.
In local stores, $6.99 is the standard. We have a local guy who breeds a beautiful red variety that looks a lot like the legendary Pelvicachromis sacrimontis reds, minus the blue face. But even a krib (P pulcher) that nice is inexpensive. Supply and demand.
I breed P kribensis (which isn't the hobby 'krib" - it used to be P taeniatus) and they go for around 20-30 a pair. But they are way less common than the hobby 'krib".
The names are a mess. The original importers way way back mistook P pulcher for kribensis, and the wrong name stuck.
Wild pulcher/kribs go for around $20 each, but are not seen often.
These are just the hobby kribs, we never get any "good ones", although I did run across a nice albino female and she has given me a nice batch of albino fry. Most well be going to a fellow member, I'm going to keep about 6 and see how they turn out.