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Old 08-14-2009, 03:40 PM   #1
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Wal mart fish lol read this

Hey guys i work at wal mart as a assembler well two days ago i found out some funny as things about wal mart fish lol did you know that the way they remember if their fish are compatible with others in the store is the price!!!! lol get this if one fish is 2.38 and the other 2.68 the eight being the same means compatible!!!!!! LOL!!!!! WOW IDIOTS!!!!!!! Glad they dont do saltwater fish lol they say if the fish is from the same family it will be compatible..... lol oh and they say a aquarium only has to be ran 24 hours before adding fish!! lol
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Old 08-14-2009, 04:22 PM   #2
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No offense but the wal-marts by me are pretty much all section 8 ran. You cant go into any around me without some moron in a blue vest trying to BS a customer.
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Old 08-14-2009, 04:58 PM   #3
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Not to excuse it but I'm sure it just the economies of scale. If you isolate selection and price point not to mention gallon-age (word?) then the numbers become unmanageable.

Through all the complaining about big box stores we still need to think if it would be better for everyone involved if it would be better to offer nothing. One wonders what online and specialty prices would be then if a total segment of the market was removed.
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Yes and no, BB does nothing for the cost due to crap selection of merch and unkept livestock.

you will still have LFS and LPS not to mention societies and their expansion if supply goes low and prices go high. There are always alternatives. besides where I order from online compares their prices to LFS prices and at least its a 30% less thru this company( local but no storefront ). Ultra low prices on aquarium supplies and equipment

I use them for all m supplies now.


I dont think if meijer or walmart or kmart whatever takes the pet section out of their stores. dry foods for dogs and cats sure but aquatics have no business in stores like walmart.
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I, personally, would be willing to give up the added availability and a little on price, if the fish stores that remain were held to basic care and training standards.

In fact I think lax standards are more likely to lead to fish sections being done away with due to public protest and embarrassing lapses--one of these days they will be subhect to activist campaigns. Raising standards is what will make these stores successful and able to keep operating.
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Old 08-14-2009, 06:12 PM   #6
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What's nice is if you and everyone else exercises those choices you'll get what you want. Each time you buy from there, in that department you enable them.
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that is completely insane!
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Simply don't buy from them. The large chains are entirely profit driven. If the aquatics center becomes a loss leader, they will revamp it. It's happened in the past, but Walmart to cite a specific hired an independent 3rd party to try to salvage the section. Every "I saved a Walmart (insert any chain store) betta" thread equals a sale and enables them. I personally doubt that the loss of their sales will drive up prices, but I can see some of the reasoning behind that idea with drygoods. The difference is that the drygoods they sell are not the same ones that non-tinkerers seek out and purchase. So what? Tetra and Top Fin take a hit... that won't affect the brick and mortar or online merchants in any significant way. Livestock is similar.... the less chain store fish sold, the more that the responsible outlets can demand quality over quantity. Price may be impacted on a small scale, but in the end the mass merchant won't be the one driving demand. It will be consumer choice and real demand. Those $2.88 fish wholesale for around $1.25 for most and $.40 in huge supply. If the profit margin differential is narrowed, then the true hobbyist and the true LFS wins. I ramble so I'll quit... I've spent many hours of research, thought, and debate involving this issue so I do take it a bit personally.
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well ranted, sir!
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Wow, pretty crazy. I went to the local walmart and it was pitiful. They thot the African cichlids were saltwater fish and said it was a saltwater tank . Never looking there again, I can't believe how awful it is. I'll just stay my lfs for fish.
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