Originally Posted by huma-huma
oh without a doubt. ive seen the pricing list for the LFS
i used to work at. its aggravating to say the least. (why is a $100 fish only costing the store $15-20 bucks?!?!)
You have to factor in the cost of running a store , paying rent, insurance , employee wages, electricity , utilities, maintenance and losses from fish that die that you make nothing off of. I'm sure all of that adds up quickly and their profit is not as much as one might think.
From my side though, if I could get a few people locally to go in on a box, split everything up , it would be a tremendous savings. No overhead and almost no middleman. When I get a reef going, I am doing this for corals for sure . Plan to get what I want and just sell the rest. That's easier than selling a bunch of fish , or I would do the same with the fish.