Re: NANFA-- Tank price

Ty Hall (
Tue, 16 Mar 2004 14:18:59 -0600

I understand what you meant, but your local dealer is not making any money on
those old tanks. In fact he is probably selling them well below his cost, just to
get rid of them (which means he is losing money on them).

Aquariums are a very low margin item. In order to be competitive you are really
selling them for little over cost to start with. Businesses don't last if they
don't make a profit, which was my point.

If you are looking for a bunch of tanks this is a great way to get them cheap plus
it does help your local guy at least recoup some of his initial cost. But, if you
only need a single tank, instead of looking to save a couple of bucks, step up to
the plate and buy retail from a good local pet store or fish shop. The extra money
you spend will come back to you in service and convenience many times over.


Stan Perkins wrote:

> Read the message - ask your local dealer if he has any used or old tanks for
> sale! That is supporting your local dealer - he's making a second profit off
> his old tanks!
> Stan Perkins
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Ty Hall" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Tuesday, March 16, 2004 12:22 PM
> Subject: Re: NANFA-- Tank price
> > I would say that if you are only looking for one tank, pay retail and
> support your
> > local fish shop. A distress deal for you only benefits you once. A good
> local shop
> > benefits you for years.
> >
> > Ty
> >
> > Stan Perkins wrote:
> >
> > > I lucked out on this deal - one of the local breeders decided to halve
> his
> > > fish business and was selling racks and tanks for pennies on the dollar.
> I
> > > am buying a rack of nine twentynine gallon tanks for about 200 and he's
> > > going to paint them for me! Ask around your local fish stores, when they
> > > remodel they often sell the old tanks and sometimes stands for
> reasonable
> > > prices. The above mentioned tanks are drilled for drains already
> allowing me
> > > to devise a quicker way of water changes.
> > >
> > > Stan Perkins
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