01-02-2010, 06:52 PM
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Originally Posted by mollies
I know of a bunch of them if you want pm me and i will get them to you. Yes shiping is in there but the overall cost per fish is the same. I dont mean order just one fish. You would have to order a few or more then take the rest you dont want to the lfs and sell them to them after you picked out the ones you want. Say i order some tetras on line just say neons, I order 20 of them they cost me 1.50 and shiping is 30.00 which equals 60.00 al to gether. thats 3.00 a peice. Now the lfs is selling them for say 4.99, i saved 2.00. Now i take 10 of them put in my tank. and take the rest to the pet store and sell them to him for 3.00 a peice. I realy only paid 30.00. My lfs paid for the shipping. So realy you would end up with the same cost or a lot less. Mostly less. Im a ferm believer in online shopping and skiping the lfs. Due to unhealthy fish.
Who ever is charging you $5 for a neon tetra seriously needs to be called out on it. That is a total and complete rip off. The shop I go to is $1.50 for neons then the price drops the more you get. 10 neons you can get for $14($1.40 each). Cardnial and rummynosed tetras are like $3.50 each then 6 for $20.
When I buy online its the rarer more expensive things you don't see in shops, or if you do the price is jacked up. If I needed a 100 neons then yeah maybe I would order online, but one of the local store will probably cut me a deal too. To me it just sound like you have a bad (and expensive) LFS. Half the time I buy fish its on credit anyway. I bring in stuff I raise and its easy to get $20 in store credit, they only pay 66% of what they sell if for. So really I don't pay anything I'm more so trading with them, but the store gets the better deal. I'm happy with my deal too.
I've also never actually done express shipping. The people I use will normally guarrentee $15 priority for me in the summer and I trust them to package the fish too survive the trip.