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  4. Hi guys, thinking of doing a bit of an aquarium crawl on the Gold Coast on Monday (public holiday). Just after a list of aquariums and pet stores with fish that are worth checking out? Thanks in advance, Beau.
  5. Ready steady go Name your fav lfs guys, Plus add contact address and phone number of them.
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  8. hey im up in towoomba tomorrow I was wondering if anyone could let me know of some places to buy fish up here thanks
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  10. Up until this year I myself was a believer in the local store being greedy. I bought almost everything in the form of dry goods off online stores. This year that all changed when taking on a wholesale/distributorship of the food I started to see some truths that are out there. The local store is constantly being accused of taking to high a profit for their drygoods, when infact many of them need to mark up just to survive. Just recently I recieved some price lists of popular brands of drygoods. I was quite surprised to find that many of these goods that are sold online were priced very close to the wholesale price and in many cases was being sold at the wholesale price that the local store pay. Which is no fault of the local stores, as the online stores buy in bulk and recieve large discounts off the wholesalers to do so. Of recent times we have seen many of these local stores close because they cannot compete on price with the online stores. Most online stores work out of a warehouse buy pallet loads of products and have the storage to do so. Many times they have a small shop frontage, with minimal staff and little electricity as they are not supporting live animals. One local store in particular for just electricity and rent is almost 15grand month just to cover. That is before buying stock, paying staff and themselves a wage. But we as consumers dont know and even some of us dont care. Albeit some stores work on turnover rather than profit per item. But many stores dont have either the position or customer base to do this neither. When I say pay themselves a wage this more often than not is minimum wage if they get one at all. The local store is really strungling to compete on the same level as the online stores because of these reasons. One thing we should look at before we say how can a shop justify the price they charge for such and such an item, is too stand back take a look at the size of the store the postition of the store how manytanks they run, how many staff they have and storage space and you might just understand why they do. Also remember the local store cannot sell an item for the price they pay for it or less otherwise they wouldnt be opening there doors. It is a fact that the online stores do get discounts for buying in bulk, not just something made up to justify the local stores higher price. For example a well known filter a local may buy 5 to stock there shelves and 1 or 2 for out the back. An online store will buy 20 of the same filter and store in the cartons they arrive in. Therefore the wholesaler gives the bigger order a discount which enables them to sell at normal or just above wholesale price. Some wholesalers have worked this out and will no longer give bulk discounts to any business to allow a more level and even playing field. Which helps not just the online stores but also the local store, I have also seen some wholesalers like myself that will not stock online stores to give the local store a product to help them. some will give everybody the same discount to make it a bit more even. So if you support your local store you support your local community and you support the jobs of someone who oneday maybe in your family or circle of friends.Also in many cases local stores will give regular customers a discount to keep them regular customers.So if you really want to save money think about that. The more you support your local store the more your local store will support you. Especially when it comes time to buy your fish. After all an online store wont buy your fish as they dont keep livestock. Just some things to think about.
  11. is ther any good aquarium stores over at cannonhill i will be over there both days this weekend roamin the streets as will be waiting for girlfriend to finish her training for new job. so i thought if there is any good ones it will give me somethin to do for the day. cheers
  12. Hey Just after decent stores that sell cheap aquarium products, so we all know where to get bargains from. Also any info and advice you can give about the store would be good too. For example your experiance there. Ill start by adding the obvious http://www.aquariumproducts.com.au This one is really good, not to many people have come accros them tho but i think there great. $10 delivery on shipments but there cheaper than AOA. Check em out http://www.guppysaquariumproducts.com.au Please add your store Cheers Nick
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