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Just a little ranting about fish purchases....
Old 09-07-2010, 07:55 PM   #21
 
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That's why I always tell people to research from multiple sources before doing ANYTHING! Even between employees at stores, opinions on what's right and wrong varies drastically. I will say to be wary of places like PetSmart because it seems like they'll hire just about anybody. When I applied there I knew absoluely nothing about fish, birds, or reptiles, and my only experience with small animals was the hamster my mom got me when I was four. I had to take an online survey that basically just assessed how well I play with others and the interviewing manager went "well, you got all greens so, you're hired!" Luckily I was concerned enough to read up on every animal we sold so I would be informed when talking to customers, but I'm sure not everyone takes that initiative. In no way am I trying to bash my own company, I'm just saying you should absolutely make sure you know what you're getting into before you buy fish.
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Old 09-07-2010, 08:40 PM   #22
 
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LOL Yeah, I learned that the hard way. Luckily because I am persistent in my care (to a fault) the casualties that could have happened were avoided.

It must be difficult as an employee that does know right from wrong to still sell to customers who insist they want fish that you know will not live in their tank. I don't know that I could do it day in and day out. You can try to persuade people to make the right choice, but sometimes, they are not willing to learn the right way because it isn't what they want.

Lucky for me, I am not an employee and I CAN say something. I figure I don't want people to make the same mistakes I did so If I can help someone out, I will. I am passing on everything I have learned here. :)
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Old 09-07-2010, 08:51 PM   #23
 
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Thankfully most of the customers that came on wanting the "wrong" fish were open to suggestion. But you're right, the snooty ones got to me and I transferred to working nights :)
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Old 09-08-2010, 08:46 AM   #24
 
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theres always snooty one.just keep your cool.your right and you know it so don't let them keep you down by their ignorance
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Old 09-09-2010, 03:25 PM   #25
 
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That's why I'm not sure I could work at an LFS.

Stores rely on impulse buys... I know that...
Cycling isn't conducive to impulse...

Plus someone comes in and wants to buy a fish bowl.... I'd wince everytime...

The manager might think they're intelligent, and we get into arguments... bah.
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Old 09-09-2010, 03:31 PM   #26
 
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in business the manager goes "customers are always right "
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Old 09-09-2010, 05:53 PM   #27
 
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I do it mostly for the awesome discount :)

Thank goodness I didn't work on commission though, cause I wasn't always the customer favorite. We're allowed to refuse service but I'm the only one who ever did so, and I assure you I made no friends along the way. But I stood up for what I believe in (although the lady who wanted 200 feeder goldfish for wedding centerpieces wanted to punch me, I'm sure)
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Old 09-09-2010, 06:02 PM   #28
 
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Where were you when my nephew was buying Guppy's to throw in my tank with my Tiger Barbs, Gourami and Rainbow shark?

I could have used a skilled sales person that day. lol
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Old 09-09-2010, 06:04 PM   #29
 
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Oh goodness. I don't like people buying fish for me either. I came home from work one day to a new cichlid in my tank, my sister saw it at walmart and bought it, no quarantine or anything. Yikes.

He was cute though :)
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Old 09-10-2010, 03:17 AM   #30
 
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lucky you dint have any neons in there oor you wouldn think they were cute
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