Civility and good will

KobaOregonherper

Chameleon Enthusiast
I'm just going take a moment here.

Stop buying stuff from the big box stores. Period.

Support your local independent pet store, your feed and grain stores, and others that sell the basics you need. Hell, buy online if you have to. The vast majority of breeders sell online as well.

When you support a business that has become to huge to listen to it's customers, that has no conscious either, you are part of the issue whether or not you want to hear it.

I DO practice what I preach. I buy all my regular pet supplies from a little store. For the reptile stuff I either visit my local herp store or buy online. I have not set foot in a petco or a petsmart in almost ten years. It would be convienent to do that for dog food, but, when you walk in for dog food you as a reptile keeper eventually walk over to their reptiles. They plan on you doing that, seriously.

Each live animal is called a 'lost leader'. That is to say the company expects to lose money on the animal but make up for it and make a profit when you buy the dry goods to go with it. If the animal dies, or is sold, either way they don't profit. They profit when you buy all the stuff to go with it.
Basic retail knowledge. I feel like all my "bang my head against the wall" conversations with people who defend them dont understand the first thing about how retail works. Money is always made on peripherals and attached product, they generally have a small if not zero profit margin on the main product. Worked at Best Buy for years, its the same idea.
 

OldChamKeeper

Chameleon Enthusiast
Well tough cookies because I’m going to Petco in the morning to buy dog food for the dog I found on the side of the road (y)
Instead of doing that, go to your local animal shelter and buy the food there. At least the shelter makes a few bucks and petco gets zip. Hell, you can even buy Iams at most grocery stores now, still a better choice than petco
 

jamest0o0

Chameleon Enthusiast
You know me to well lol well if I didn’t go to Petco then I wouldn’t have been able to get dogs chip number and get in contact with the owner sooooo yeah I went to Petco. Helpfully I hear from the owner or I’m keeping his dog
Yeah I understand, I've had to run out to Petco on occasion too. Our local stores are sometimes worse than Petco. Had a good place but they closed
 
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