Originally Posted by greenfish
I guess I expected better prices locally. I just can't see buying at the LFS
when I can get it online for at least 15-35% cheaper. I know sometimes I have trouble waiting for getting things online. I check the tracking number over and over again thinking somehow that it might come quicker that way. I guess one needs to be patient if they want a bargain.
Think of that this way:
has many more costs than any online store - like hiring all the employees, being open on weekend, ordering 300 types of fish from all kinds, keeping them, ordering plants, supplies, organizing shelves - not to mention the rent they pay for their location. I am not saying that the online store doesn't have some costs, but theirs is probably a huge warehouse with cement tank and not glass aquariums...
Also, you gain the convenience of going there and looking exactly at the ONE fish you want and getting what you need when you need it, not 3 days later... I am more than willing to pay more for something I need in exchange of the convenience, as long that it isn't unreasonable...
As someone said before... With the shipping costs, ends up about the same...