Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 11-30-2003, 02:19 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Washington State,USA
Posts: 389
Local Fish Stores and Profits?

I have often heard complaints in this forum regarding the LFS making a big profit. Hey, if they don't make a profit, they can't pay their hardworking employees a decent "almost living" wage. And those employees won't be around to answer all our dumb, relentless questions.

And the store won't be in business to sell us all the cool plants, fish, and supplies we require! So I say support the really local fish store when their product is healthy and if their prices are reasonable. Unfortunately, some fish stores will get carried away with prices on hardgoods like filters and lights etc. But many of the big chains are not any better, especially regarding ferts and small stuff. Nonetheless, I suggest support the little guy if you can.

26 Gallon Planted Community, 90 Gallon Planted Community - Rena XP3, XP2 Filters, PressurizedCO2, Eco or Flourite, TEK 4x54 T5 light, AH Supply PC s
betowess is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2003, 05:00 AM   #2
AA Team Emeritus
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Chatsworth, GA
Posts: 4,071
Send a message via Yahoo to loganj
I agree with this to an extent. IF you have found a competent LFS and IF thier prices aren't astronomical, then you should support them. But, you have to look out for yourself as well. If you can purchase something online at a considerable savings, then I don't have a problem with that. I have worked in the pet store industry and I know what the markup is on a lot of the products. It sometimes goes as high as 200%.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
Logan J
loganj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2003, 01:08 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Regular
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Tennessee/The North Pole/23,500 miles straight up
Posts: 78
Which is why I support my local.
He makes a decent living and still underprices the chains on almost everything.


I am from the government and I am here to help you.
Dino is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2003, 01:17 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Activist
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: SE KS
Posts: 104
One store that I went to the other day had an Emperor 400 for a mere $117.95. That is just ridiculous. They had clowns for 29.99 a piece. Hard to support stores that set prices that high. 8O
flamron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2003, 04:51 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Freak
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Virginia
Posts: 203
Send a message via AIM to alarmguy66 Send a message via Yahoo to alarmguy66
Im with FLAMRON on this one. I just bought a mag 7 new on ebay for $52 (after shipping) and the same one is in my lfs for $89 (before tax). That kind of saving just cant be passed up. On the other hand, the same store is very reasonable on livestock (damsels 4-$7, pers 12-18, yellow tang 22) so I wouldnt consider going online for livestock. He keeps a clean and healthy store too. Occasionally you will find a dead fish, but when he has 50 tanks and hundreds of fish, thats gonna happen. If you point them out they are removed immediatly. THere is a fine line between being loyal to the local stores to support them and being taken advantage of.
alarmguy66 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2003, 05:20 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Earth
Posts: 1,227
I buy my livestock and plants 'locally'

but for equipment, I'm 100% online unless it's an emergency

the local lfs wants $290 for a fluval 404 .... $290 for a filter that is 80-90 online

and whew, their tanks - the sky is not high enough to match their prices - try $189 for a 55 gallon aquarium (tank only), that looks like it's been there since before the store was built
justDIY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2003, 09:03 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Greencastle, PA
Posts: 2,648
Send a message via Yahoo to shawmutt
I'll support my lfs, but from now on I'll shop around before buying. I bought an Filstar XP1 from my lfs, the guy marked it down from $120 to $99 and I thought it was a really good deal. Imagine my surprise when I came home and checked online for prices, only to find I could have got an XP3 for the same price! I could tell you how angry I was, but this forum would censor me .
~Mike Shaw
Shawmutt.com. Blogs and Pictures of the Massively Multiplayer Offline game, Real Life.
shawmutt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2003, 09:27 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
BrianNY's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: NY
Posts: 4,535
Ahhhh, supporting the lfs can be a dilemma now. We do need them for several reasons. Live food, to see living specimens of all those species we can't keep (no MTS hereLOL).

My lfs brought in 3 adult Tefe Green discus that he was sure I would buy. He wanted $80 each for them . He got angry with me when I told him I didn't have room for them. Didn't have the heart to tell him I just bought bigger, healthier discus from a local breeder.

The lfs needs to reinvent themselves. If not, places like bigalsonline and Drs Foster & Smith will kill them.
BrianNY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2003, 11:13 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice Regular
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Somerdale, New Jersey USA
Posts: 82
I go out of my way to support my LFS. The guy has been great to me and tries to meet all my requests. There are some areas that LFSs just can't compete with online services because of volume of sales and some other factors. I always price everything there before checking the internet.
By the same token, I can't image buying livestock through the mail. I want to see what I'm getting, and traumatize it as little as possible.
I've bought plants online, only because the LFS has not been able to get them for me.
Over all he's my first consideration and if all factors are within reason that's where I'll make my purchase.


'Life Is Difficult' - M. Scott Peck
The Road Less Traveled
djlen3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2003, 05:10 PM   #10
Moderator Emeritus
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Franklin, TN
Posts: 3,967
If the prices are comperable, then I will go my lfs, but come on now, My $500 in LR and LS would have cost me an additional $316 at my LFS for lower quality. Not to mention the equipment savings at bigalsonline.com (although it took forever). A fool and his money are soon parted.

If an $80 item was $120 in my LFS...fine...but when it's $320, thank you, I'll buy 4 online.

Bearfan is offline   Reply With Quote

local fish store

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Local Fish Stores Fluff Mid Atlantic & the Virginia's 167 03-01-2015 12:35 PM
Our local AZ pet stores. Southwest & California 0 05-30-2006 05:15 PM
Local Fish Stores Salt4Us Southwest & California 15 01-02-2006 10:35 AM
any good Local fish stores in Northern Washington State Fish Breath Archive 0 08-01-2004 01:43 AM
Local Pet Stores Around Gainesville/JacksonVille Zynthesis Southern States 3 10-16-2003 08:38 AM

» Photo Contest Winners

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:00 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.