I started going to UncleNeds for whatever stuffs I need ...
The Electric yellows just kept on breeding .. I had so many in my tank so I asked Neds if I can bring some in for store credit and he said "1.25"+ will be $2 store credit" .. I was very happy .. came home .. and brought 10 up to Neds for him to see them and hoping to get some java mass in return for them .. Then .. Neds said "I have too many yellows now so the best I can do for you is $6 for the 10 fishs" .. I dont want to take the fishs back home so ok I took and deal and wanted to get the java moss for that $6 store credit .. He gave me like a little tiny bit smaller than a goftball of moss ..
I tried again ...
one week later .. I brought in 2 Bichirs. I had them for like 1.5 years and they got too big for my tank .. so I brought them in hoping to get some fish foods for them .. and Neds took them in at $5/each .. and the Bichir was like 8-9" .. Well .. I cant keep them so okie I took the deal .. and the next day I came back to get some other stuffs .. I saw my Bichirs were sold at $65/each .. and one of them was already sold ..
Talk about making profit ..
Most fish stores will not give you a whole lot of money for the fish that you bring in. There are a couple of reasons behind this :
1. The store does not know if the fish that you brought in is healthy and survive long enough for them to make a sale. I am sure you have had instances where you purchased a fish from the LFS and it looked really healthy only to be dead a day later.
2. Whole sale prices are really really low, and most places offer less than half of what they pay for wholesale.
3. Most LFS dont want the hassle of everyone bringing in their fish for trade, Multiple reasons, ich, fungus etc, Offering low prices is a move to discourage this.
Also if you trade for other fish, the trade-in values are a little better, but they arent as good if you trade for plants or goods this mostly has to do with margins.
I go to an LFS that usually pays me decent prices, but that is mostly because they know me personally and they've never had a problem with any fish that I've brought in.
That said, try Skiptons (Unique Aquaria) next time around, i've found they offer better prices for trade-ins.
I personally like uncle neds, I've purchased several things from them and i've always been given freebies or discounts on almost every purchase I've made.