05-25-2010, 12:36 AM
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Actually as far as walmart goes is amazing they haven't phased them out already, even if they do mark them up 500% you have to look at the extra costs for lighting, feeding, and maintenance or lack there of in walmarts case. The way walmart looks at the products they stock is, how much shelf space it uses and of that number how much money does it pull in per self space unit. I have a feeling they actually lose money on the fish even with their lack of care but what the corporate level has done is they have attached the fish together with the fish supplies (such as food, tanks, etc.) so even if they take a loss on every fish they sell they justify it by linking that number to the supplies they sell.
And actually they are right to do so, walmart sells to impulse buyers so someone walks by the fish tanks and thinks they are cute and decides to get one on a whim. Great now that I got the fish I suppose he will need some place to live, oh and food might be good and what the hell throw in the little plastic pirate. That one little fish they sold for $5 didn't pay for the light bill but all that stuff the impulse buyer need to keep the fish sure did.
So hence finally to my point, the key here is not to buy fish from walmart but its not to buy any stuff from the aquatic isle at walmart, and then you will still not make much of a difference until you can convince the impulse public of the same thing. Then again the impulse public is swayed by the day time talk shows... maybe we can get Oprah involved ;)