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Old 08-05-2012, 12:04 PM   #1
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How do companys get away with robbing us?!

Just had to vent with a story.

I was looking around for the AI nano super blue. Found it finally from AquaCave for 269.99 and the controller for 59.99.

I called several LFS's in the area and the prices were 410,420 and even 475!! Controller prices were pretty much match at 100 to 120 dollars!!

How do these people get away with this?! I called AI, well.... Cause I have a hard time keeping my mouth shut when I feel strongly about something. I asked the manager there how they get away with upping prices so high and yet online you can get one for half the price and the controller half the price too!!

All he said was something about no cap? That they could sell the light for 1,000 dollars if they want!! I think that's terrible!!

Well right or wrong I put a certain LFS that I go to a lot on blast on Facebook and I'm apparently getting them pretty ticked off but I don't care. I want people to know if there looking for the AI nano or sol go online rather then get taken to the cleansers because someone needs to offset there costs!!

I call foul and it's just not right.



I know we all gotta eat but justify a 200 dollar markup!!!

Thanks for listening

And I'm not afraid to let it be known either.

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Old 08-05-2012, 12:11 PM   #2
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Honestly who cares! It's up to the consumer to make a educated decision on what he or she spends their money on. I own a firearm company and I'd rather sell 100 weapons for $50 mark up over 10 at $200, this way I have more traffic and more repeat customers. So don't flame a company on a public website for their business practices for which they are clearly not doing anything unethical or illegal, move on there are bigger concerns in life than this.
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Honestly who cares! It's up to the consumer to make a educated decision on what he or she spends their money on. I own a firearm company and I'd rather sell 100 weapons for $50 mark up over 10 at $200, this way I have more traffic and more repeat customers. So don't flame a company for their business practices for which they are clearly not doing anything unethical or illegal, move on there are bigger concerns in life than this.
Very good point but I do agree its BS and I don't know how they can sleep at night knowing they are marking up over 100% on everything even if its easily available without a business liscense to purchase
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Old 08-05-2012, 12:31 PM   #4
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Honestly who cares! It's up to the consumer to make a educated decision on what he or she spends their money on. I own a firearm company and I'd rather sell 100 weapons for $50 mark up over 10 at $200, this way I have more traffic and more repeat customers. So don't flame a company for their business practices for which they are clearly not doing anything unethical or illegal, move on there are bigger concerns in life than this.
Point taken. I'm not losing sleep over this just think its wrong that's all. I can flame a company if I choose it's my right just like its there right to mark up products by 200 dollars so the working man can't afford it. I've seen this too many times where prices differ so much then people get on members here for not having the proper equipment for a proper tank setup. They probably would if they weren't being taken advantage of! Were already being blind sided by health care let's add a the fish hobby to the list?

And you said it! Mark up a little and move more product hence making more money and probably being able to get more unique firearms in the process because your moving more this having room for new additions.

It's clearly not right I can see a profit but 200 dollars is ridiculous but like our said its up the consumer to shop right and shop smart. I'd hate to have paid for that light and then found it online for such a better price.

Like aquaclear, no more single media sponges etc... Now Fluval packs everything into a box so you have no choice but to buy the sponge,2 bags of carbon and bio media? That's right?

There gonna phase all the replacements out soon and that's the route there gonna go. So if you needed a sponge for 4-7 bucks now your paying 40 bucks for a "110 replacement kit"

I hope I didn't come off rude if so I didn't mean too. I respect you and your input. It's a slow day at the firehouse and it just got me for a second lol.

It's all good though. You made very valid points.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend
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You prob don't realize how common 100% markups are and up to 500% in many instances around the entire aquatic industry (if you saw the wholesale price you'd prob need a clean pair of shorts) . It's not robbery if the customer is willing to pay for what they want (bad business as a customer to breed negativity because you disagree with a legal price-point).
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Not on here...
Well I apologize then. Feel free to delete thread.
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There's actually a lot more to this story. My sister works in a fish store, and has complained to me before about how cheap things are online. They're taking a beating in a lot of cases because they can't compete with online prices on everyday things like heaters, test kits, and bulbs. Simply put, that's the price they have to sell at to stay profitable. The issue is further confounded on more expensive items like lights. They might pay $200 for something and sell for $300-400, but there's a realistic chance with some niche hardware that it will be sitting on the shelves for weeks to months, tieing up a good chunk of the stores money.

Don't be so quick to hate on the store. They're the victims in some of this too, and flaming them isn't going to help anyone.
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They have more overhead than online retailers, they pay salary to more people per sale, they may have an added step in live stock, some online dealers can purchase from collectors where as mom & pop buy from the wholesaler. Mom & pop mark up prices to make up for fish loss and to make up for customers that buy online, instead of in the shop.

I understand saving a buck, but support them where you can or they won't be there.

Question...when was the last time you asked an online retailer for advice on your tank and didn't buy anything from them, even if it wasn't you...same situation at the LFS?


Edited to add: what will really get you is when petco sells a 160g bucket of reef crystals salt on line for 54 dollars with free shipping, but their brick and mortar store sells it for 79 and won't match the price of their own online store.
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Since aquariums are not a necessity of modern life, I guess we all have to do our best to shop around and find the best prices.

If you want to see more price gouging, check out one of my other hobbies, radio control boats, planes and cars. Crazy markups on things. They literally take stuff like a two dollar chinese leather punch, put their name on the box, call it a "rock crawler tire venting tool" and charge $39.95 for it. The newbies have no idea and happily snatch it up as the tool of the month.
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