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how do octopus dealers see wunderpus and other exotics?

Colin

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Hey, monty and thales saved me a lot of typing... What they said, plus...

I know that this is how retailers make their money, they have to advertise, they need to get interest in the animals that they sell... just the same as any retailer who sells anything from pants to washing up liquid. The fact an animal is RARE should not, in the modern day of conservation, be a selling point. Its right, exotic isn't the right word.

i have worked in the trade for 17 years now, both as a retailer and in a huge importer so I know what i am up against as far as sales go.

Further still, why are these animals so expensive from retail when imports are so cheap? Let face it, a wunderpus at $400 is a hell of a mark-up from their trade price.

But i do really appreciate that reefscavangers are taking the time to at least look at websites like this.
 

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Reefscavengers,
Thanks for joining us. Your interest is refreshing and I hope you find cephs interesting enough to not only study their care for your short term keeping but also become the kind of LFS that can contribute heavily to the proper care of the final keeper. I have alway thought an aquarium store should keep "sample" pets (like demo models ;>) so that they have first hand knowledge and can assist their customers with known care techniques.
 

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Good point D

More shops should take the approach of learning more about all of their stock and the best way is to keep them.
 

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