I know a Mgr. for them, definitely a Loss Leader item. Basically "giving then away @ cost" to build relationships with customers. I think if you could get a honest answer the local managers feel these sales are a P.I.A.
Now, PetSmart & Simply PetSupplies+ have jumped on the band wagon.
I see the problem for the chains being CAH(Cheap@$$Hobbyest) that only shop there for these $1 a gl tanks and don't support the stores. I think eventually the Corporate Rulers with just eliminate the Fish Dept. as the Chain's live on Dog Food sales.
We lost the Mom & Pop LFS because CAHs ran to the chains to save 50cents on a guppy. The Chain's fish dept. will go next because the CAHs buy on line.
These chains are helping us out with $1 gl sales.....Toss them a bone and buy something else there when you go in.
I can't say I spend all my fish dollars at petco, or even close to half, but I make a point to go in and inevitably I spend some fish dollars. It might not be on livestock, but it's still $$.
I love the $/gal sale and agree that we should be willing to spend a few dollars there in exchange for a wicked good deal.
I've decided to stop at 50 tanks so no Petco for me this time. I'm almost sure of it. I think. 40B. Hmmmmm.
50. Gesh. That sounds like a job in itself. I hope most are low maintenance to say the least. Or at least you come up with a convenient way to manage them all.
I am guilty here. I hardly shop the chains. I typically only go to petco for the $1 sales. I typically get all my stuff from big als online or a particular smaller lfs in which I do shop at when I need things that the chains don't carry.
I understand the customer relations. They did pull me in with the $1 sale though. Prior to that I was only into managing only one tank. Now I am designing a multi tank setup with several 40g breeders and a few larger tanks in the mix. So I did give them my funds to start a designated fish section in my garage. I don't have room for 50 though, lol. I will be right at a dozen total tanks. If I can mange that I will expand only by a few tanks curiosity of the $1 sale again.
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I know there are some people who don't necessary support the chains, but I tell you what, I wish there was something like this on offer in Australia! If I was to buy a 40 gallon tank here, it would cost at least $300 if not more... Even a dollar a litre would be amazing with those kinds of prices let alone a dollar a gallon! Wow!
There aren't really any big chains down here... :/
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I saw that somewhere else after I posted this, this size tanks works for fish and reptiles so you figure they bring it back since they are pushing the sales of tanks...
I looked at the Manhattan version maybe two years ago? The welds were sloppy and the side bars were not equally placed. That was not just in one store either. Latter that model was discontinued and the Brooklyn was in the store.
So maybe about the supplier? My guess is they didn't sell enough units in today's retail world it's about how much $$$ they can get from each square foot of shelf/floor space. Product that don't move are dropped from the line up.
PS - The welds on my Brooklyn aren't anything to brag about either.