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Postby therazorsedge on Sun Apr 22, 2007 5:38 pm

Whats up with Animarts prices for their livestock???? 45 dollars for a Yellow Tang, 37 dollars for a Clown...... seems outragous to me. Is there a shortage right now for livestock?? They used to be a lot more resonable with their prices. That was one of the main reasons I went there.
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Postby Slakker on Sun Apr 22, 2007 6:25 pm

Yeah, $35 for ORA ocellaris seemed absurd to me as well...but I paid $30 each for my pair of CB ocellaris at Living Art, so I guess prices might be going up.
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Postby Longinus on Sun Apr 22, 2007 6:39 pm

I think this is just near us, I have heard that a lot of people in other areas have cheaper prices, and online orders seem nice and low still.
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Postby Slakker on Sun Apr 22, 2007 8:57 pm

Yeah, but online orders have the shipping rates that'll kill ya.
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Postby Landon on Sun Apr 22, 2007 9:06 pm

After being scorned by Preferred Pets at the onset of my interest in this hobby I discovered Animart. I had one good experience after the next with the store. Friendly, attentive and knowledgeable staff was worth the trip to Madison and my wife and I made the drive every other weekend just for the fun of it.

After about eight months of this, things started to change. I realize that as you are exposed to more online vendors, other stores, and the livestock our peers offer up for trade, the initial feeling of awe a person can have with one stores selection can fade. I truly believe this was not the case here. It seems quality and customer service were abandoned.

I attened the grand opening this weekend with a wallet full of money to purchase drygoods and possibly a couple of fish, hoping to see the best Animart had to offer. I see what Bob is talking about. The prices are a tad high. I have always been able to overlook a price tag for a robust, active, and healthy specimen. I left empty handed as I have every trip I have taken there since the move. The livestock looked awful. A selection of salt brands wouldnt hurt either.

I hope they can put on a better show in the future. I would love to shop at Animart more. What a shame.
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Postby Longinus on Sun Apr 22, 2007 9:14 pm

Slakker wrote:Yeah, but online orders have the shipping rates that'll kill ya.


Yeah, but some of these places really arent bad if your buying some things with free shipping/getting in on a group order.
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Postby Cow086 on Mon Apr 23, 2007 1:09 am

i have to agree online orders are by far the best way to go these days however you need to take advatage of the free shipping deals they are always running.
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Postby Slakker on Mon Apr 23, 2007 10:58 am

True...if I end up with over $200 some dollars on a lot of sites shipping is free, but with a 12g tank it's pretty tough for me to rack up that much in livestock orders.

I'll stick with the higher prices at the LFS for livestock for now, I like to be able to really look at the fish and watch them before I buy them.
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Postby Longinus on Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:59 pm

Slakker wrote:I'll stick with the higher prices at the LFS for livestock for now, I like to be able to really look at the fish and watch them before I buy them.

Thats true too, I love being able to hand pick my guys (granted, I get tempted by all the wonderfull stuff when I can see it in first person :) )
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Postby Slakker on Mon Apr 23, 2007 3:17 pm

Also very true...hehe

Then again, without a little temptation, we wouldn't be where we are in this hobby.
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Postby SilverSurfer on Tue Apr 24, 2007 8:25 am

If it'll help, we're looking at ordering livestock online late next month for our new two SW tanks setting up. 8)
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Postby Jake on Tue Aug 28, 2007 11:29 am

Hey guys. If any of you are interested in anything specific at the store let me know and I'll see if I can assist you in getting it ordered. Also any suggestions let me know.
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