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Old 04-23-2010, 01:24 AM   #11
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Stores will charge what they can - LFSs are no different than any other business. I've seen some Scolys at a store by me for $200. Pretty much the same Scoly at a store within 15 minutes I've seen for around $600. And they both end up selling them to someone, so go figure.
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I'll never pay 600$ for a fish or coral. Never.
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Old 04-23-2010, 01:59 AM   #13
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It's all relivent to what you want and how much you want it. A lot has to do with overhead and how much they have to pay out for location,location, location,....
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Old 04-23-2010, 12:09 PM   #14
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i know you cant really compare i just found it funny. yet he said once i dunno why these things wont sell lol. and id rather pay more for a fish that i know is healthy. of course the other is owned by a breeder so of course they will have cheaper fish but ive seen dead fish in the tank for over a week.. not something i like to see.
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Yes, there are allot of things to take into consideration. There is one LFS in my area that normally has good prices but the guy has no personality so I refuse to do business with him. As the end comsumer we are the ones who make the final decision to buy or not to buy.
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Old 04-23-2010, 07:33 PM   #16
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I know neither of them are big box stores by any means. But, I called beforehand and asking about some snails and I was told they had just got the shipment in. It takes me about 1 1/2 hrs to get there. The livestock was being priced and that was just rediculous. A fish in your sales tank does no good if it never gets sold. I went to Coral Reef and got my snails. The main ones I want are trochus and he only had 3. Other than 1 store close to me, they are my only two oprtions for quality fish and I saw no problems with either except the prices. I'll say this, compared to what I have access to locally, they are both far better in selection and quality. But, I will not pay that kind of money when it is cheaper and just as good a quality elsewhere. Surely they go out and compare themselves with other places.
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Old 04-23-2010, 07:41 PM   #17
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well also look at the aquarium has been around for 24 years and the coral reef maybe 2.. and if you want i mean im going by them everyday during the week if you need to know about a price you can tell me and ill look for you
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Old 04-23-2010, 07:47 PM   #18
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This just makes me appreciate my LFS even more! Their prices are BELOW internet prices! And everything seems so generous there. I can get a nice sized rock covered in mushrooms and other odd creatures for $26.00. Almost all my corals come from this LFS. I was asking about micro brittle stars and the guy spent a good 15mins going through one of their huge tanks looking under rocks for me! I bought a shroom colony and as he picked it up, he saw it had numerous extras (crabs and whatnot as well as more micro stars) and just smiled as he put it all in the bag.

They seem like experts when asked questions. I wouldnt be surprised if they were members on here somewhere. (High Tide Aquarium for those near Tallahassee).

They always ask what you have in your tank if the item in question could be a problem.

Id say that all LFS should have that kind of attitude and be very competitive with prices. Ive spent a good deal of $$$ at this one store simply because of their honesty and generosity!

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ive spent my money at the aquarium we are talking about and they seem to be pretty nice if they know you.
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They are very polite but, what they charge on some fish is just rediculous. I'll give a guy an extra 5 bucks if he is helpful and has a good reputation over someone cheaper but has sorry livestock and gives advice to get you out of his hair for the day. But there is no way I will give 70-90 dollars for a 30 dollar fish. That is why I do not order fish, the shipping charges just destroy the value.
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