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GF_geckko
06-10-2011, 06:12 PM
What's your idea of a good pet shop employee, honestly, cause I think we all know that there are very few out there today. How could we improve our pet shops, or do we just bag them all together?

thehotchik1000
06-10-2011, 08:44 PM
My idea of a good petshop empolyee/owner is that they not only know everything about the animal they supply, but also give them more than adequate housing and amenities while they are there. I'd like to see more stores care more about the animals while they are there and less about making money. I'd like for them to educate customers about the actual husbandry instead of just selling them the animal. Also id like to see them practicing excellent quarantine measures. And not just selling the products to make money but educating the customers on what the best products are for each animal.

Rant over! Thats what I'd like to see from the Petstores anyways.

Lordoftheswarms
06-11-2011, 02:12 AM
I'd like to see that too, but that is probably never going to happen.

The perfect pet stores are always small, and run by hobbyists. Consider the small hobbyist businesses of any type with that of the big chain stores. The hobbyist business is always better quality product, and more knowledgeable. You become friends with those owners, and they know what you like and what you have. That relationship doesn't exist when you go to chain stores.

Moral of the story: don't support the chain stores, support the hobbyist businesses.

thehotchik1000
06-11-2011, 02:21 AM
I agree. Unfortunately there are none of those in my area. 

Riverside Reptiles
06-11-2011, 10:03 PM
I personally don't think live animals should be sold in a store (other than perhaps fish). I think that pet stores should sell supplies only. Just my two cents.

panthergecko
06-11-2011, 10:12 PM
maybe but where would we normal people get our pets if shipping weren't so expensive i'd support any good breeder.
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some stores are bad, but SOME are good.
I have a good petco near me but they have to follow company standards.
they still sneak better stuff like cgd for cresties. bowls for any reptile on loose substrate.
and healthy check ups on all animals.

Ozymandias
06-12-2011, 06:16 PM
first off i should say i work at a pet store and plan to own one at some point once i get enough experience. i don't know everything lol but i do try to educate my self and give as accurate information as possible. i'm also an advocate of costumers doing there own own research so thay know what there getting into and so thay can be prepared for owning any reptile or animal that thay want to buy.


I personally don't think live animals should be sold in a store (other than perhaps fish). I think that pet stores should sell supplies only. Just my two cents.

Ethan while i understand where your coming from i have to disagree with you. pet stores are really use full for people to get into reptiles. furthermore thay could even be used to teach kids about animals that thay may never had a chance to see or handle normally. hell if it wasn't for a pet store reptiles wouldn't even be on my radar as pets and i would still only be into fish. the problem is that the bad pet stores out weigh the good ones.

as a side note some of them shouldn't even be allowed to have fish.

panthergecko
06-12-2011, 07:30 PM
yeah I agree if you do open a reptile or pet shop tell me ill be soo happ to have a good shop even if i have to go far lol

countb
06-12-2011, 11:03 PM
Just so you know there still are some good ones at the big chain stores. I work for PetSmart and even though I dont completly agree with all of their animal care policies, I still do whats right and take the time to educate all my customers properly.

AeroWRX
06-20-2011, 01:28 PM
Just so you know there still are some good ones at the big chain stores. I work for PetSmart and even though I dont completly agree with all of their animal care policies, I still do whats right and take the time to educate all my customers properly.

There are some big enough Petsmarts where it still better than Petco.

I've been really disappointed with smaller nonchain pet stores lately actually. You would assume they are hobbyists and take care of pets better, but the main problem is budget and the cost to run good habitats for their animals. Most small pet stores don't have the money to take care of such large amounts of animals and thus turn out to be worse than chain stores like Petsmart and Petco.