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Old 02-28-2007, 12:51 AM   #1
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LFS on pricing...

So I went to the LFS, a privately run one that far and above exceeds the chain stores in quality, variety, and knowledge. Back to the point, I asked for some ehiem filter media they handed me a 2L box. I said can I get two of these so they grab me another and I begin to keep looking about the store, to browse the selection. While doing so I glance at the price... $45 and I began to think yikes! I could of swore I saw it on the internet for waaaaaaaayyy cheaper. So I turn to my wife and say this looks to expensive, and put it down.

After I got home I found a 5L box for $53 after shipping on the web. So I began thinking man I know they are just of fish store so they must have to have a higher price to keep from going under. BUT DOUBLE? I mean I would of paid 90 for 4L of media... now I have 5L for almost half.

Makes me a little sad
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Old 02-28-2007, 01:29 AM   #2
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Unfortunately I see this all too often. LFS's can't seem to compete with online pricing. I usually buy my livestock locally but my supplies online.
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i only buy at lfs in an emergency even petsmart is almost double than there own online site
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Old 02-28-2007, 10:34 AM   #4
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This is the problem with private LFS. They cannot compete with online pricing. They have much higher rent for less stock than online companies that can fill a cheap rent warehouse with thousands of the same items bought at volume discounts. But if we do not spend our money there one day there might not be any left and the only place we will be able to buy anything is online. It is a sad catch 22 situation.
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I'm even buying livestock online now from Trimar because the LFS in my area charge ridiculous prices, have low quality stock these days, and get the names/IDs wrong all the time anyway.

Seems like the hobby is growing but the LFS are not keeping up with it...
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I have to agree with Plecosterone, there are great, generally nonchain, LFS out there...but when people don't support them...there stop being great LFS. My understanding is that it's in supplies that most places make any money (some of which has to go to overhead before you're even talking profit)...so that's why independent stores whose customers don't support them get worse and worse and then all you're left with is the chains. I have two LFS that I think are exceptional...because of that, I'll pay the extra for many of my supplies. That doesn't mean I never shop on the internet--but I do think about it first.

But, back to the OP...I probably wouldn't have paid double either.
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Either would I pay double. I put my money where it is best used. Fish, beer, women etc. I was just making a point that it is too bad that they can't compete and in the long run we as fish keepers will probably lose out in the long run.
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A group buy at a LFS here ended up being more expensive than if each member ordered stuff individually and paid individual shipping. Their response was "We just can't compete with online so please support us or there will be no good stores left." If the LFS wants to stay in business, they must adapt.

Order stuff online, drive to your favorite LFS and write them a check giving them half of what you saved versus going with them. Sounds silly, but I would say this is a better solution for those who still buy overpriced things just to support the local store.
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Wow....interesting grouping there. Must be all the testosterone talking.

ANYWAYS, the LFS is going to have to figure out how not to charge double, triple, or more for dry goods if they want to stay in business long-term. I would pay 25% more happily, maybe even 30% more. But twice as much $$ for most stuff is more than I can do.
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It's one thing to support your local fish store but to be robbed blind by them when purchasing equipment and merchandise is another thing. Very, very few knowledgeable fish keepers buy anything but fish from there LFS because there prices are often double, triple or more than that of online stores.

Most of us would be more than willing to pay a few extra $$'s to get an item immediately and keep it where we buy our fish but as a recently example, I am not about to pay $47 for a Penguin Powerhead that I can get for $19 online!

If these stores think that raising prices to such high levels will make them more money and keep them afloat, they need to go under! Such high prices keep unknowing people out of the hobby and force addicts to go online.

LFS need to realize they are better off selling 10 items for a small profit than selling that single item for an exorbanant profit. They would retain more customers in return and stop the mass exodus to the online retailers!

Lack of care for customers and a greedy pocket will doom all businesses who take part, eventually and LFS should not be immune!
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