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Old 09-13-2012, 08:53 PM   #71
 
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[quote=Canadian Fish;1241618]The flyer last week (not the current one) mentioned the tent sale, and when we were in the store this week, they had tent sale stickers on everything. It goes from Sept 21 to 23. I don't know if it is all locations, but I know the last one was throughout Ontario, so it might be.


The store in Whitby is having their tent sale too.

I bought my eheim 2217 from pets and ponds it was cheaper then Big Als
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:12 PM   #72
 
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Pets and Ponds is $15 cheaper but shipping is $10. It's worth $5 to me to be able to return it locally if I have a problem, and Big Als gives a one year warranty.

If I bought both filters, heaters and python from Pets and Ponds, shipping would be free and I would save $40.00

However, rewards programs work. I have around 1500 points, after the tank I'll be at 3700 points. If I buy all that stuff at Big Als I'll have over 4500 points. At 5000 points I get $200 store credit. So it's just as good for me to buy local.

Plus I get great service at my Big Als and I reward that service with loyalty. I had a filter leak once but I lost the receipt. They swapped it out no questions asked. We're in there every couple of weeks plus I call them regularly with questions. They do the little extras like give my 3 year old stickers, etc.

I've never bought a water test kit. I bring water from my 4 tanks in every 2 weeks, (sometimes weekly) the girl knows which container is which of my tanks, and she writes the results down for me.

They're awesome.

They also have layaway. Without it we never would have been able to afford the tank/stand/light fixture we're getting.
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Old 09-14-2012, 06:20 AM   #73
 
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That's awesome they sound great!!
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Old 09-14-2012, 07:13 AM   #74
 
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Honestly, they're the reason we have so many tanks, they make it fun.

Once, when they knew I wanted some fish but was leery about spending the money, they put them on hold for me, and put them in the flyer at the end of the week.

I can't wait for the darn tent sale now. We finally have the cash to pay off the tank, but not enough to buy everything we need for it, so I have to hold out until the sale in case some of it is reduced. If not, then I have to wait until the following Wednesday.

I'm so close now, the wait is killing me.
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:48 AM   #75
 
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Canadian Fish, which Big Al's treats you like that? I get exactly that service from the Newmarket store. I went in there one day, cash in hand $300 to buy a brand new canister filter and he refused to sell me one until I went home and did a check list on it... came up with exactly the problem. 3 times they have resolved my issues, NO Receipt, no charge. A 10 gallon's tank hood and light, New bulbs and repair to my 4 foot lighting system. I am SO loyal to that store. My experience with the Barrie store was... " no refund... exchange only." And their prices were $8 more on their fish food than the Pet Smart behind them in the next plaza.
Thinking I might look into the Layaway to get my big tank... is there a time limit?
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:53 AM   #76
 
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Canadian Fish, which Big Al's treats you like that? I get exactly that service from the Newmarket store. I went in there one day, cash in hand $300 to buy a brand new canister filter and he refused to sell me one until I went home and did a check list on it... came up with exactly the problem. 3 times they have resolved my issues, NO Receipt, no charge. A 10 gallon's tank hood and light, New bulbs and repair to my 4 foot lighting system. I am SO loyal to that store. My experience with the Barrie store was... " no refund... exchange only." And their prices were $8 more on their fish food than the Pet Smart behind them in the next plaza.
Thinking I might look into the Layaway to get my big tank... is there a time limit?
We go to the one in Ottawa west.

If there is a time limit on the layaway, they didn't mention it. We put ours on layaway around May 9th. We had it 80% off by the middle of June. (Half of that was our income tax return came in :))The manager said he thought it was going to take us longer to pay it off, we told him we wouldn't be making any more payments until after the summer, he said no problem. We went two months before making another payment. We were still in the store every couple of weeks and they never asked when we were going to start paying again.
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:34 AM   #77
 
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I like Newmarket too
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:51 AM   #78
 
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Oh, and the thing about the layaway is, if it goes on sale when it's on layaway, and you finish paying it when the sale is on, you get the sale price, of course.

Also, you can make your payments any days you want, but as long as you make the last payment on a Wednesday, you get double points for the entire price.
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Old 09-14-2012, 04:51 PM   #79
 
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I do collect the points but I never knew that there was a Double Point Day. Thanks for that and also the Layaway info!!
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Old 09-14-2012, 05:32 PM   #80
 
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Online flyer finally came out. My store has balas on for 2.88 I'm tempted to get some and throw 'em in my 55 (they're very small) and move 'em into the 125 in a couple of weeks.

I'm also waiting on a Leopard Bush fish that I am VERY excited about, it's super cool. They're under quarantine right now.

Wow, your Newmarket store has stingrays for 99.99 Our store had one recently and wanted $150 for it.

Too rich for my blood, but a friend of mine keeps one in a 150 gallon tank.
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