All the bettas at my Walmart are in horrible condition. I have two from there now. My first has fully recovered in a stunning corwntail and I hope the second one will too. He's got holes in his fins from bad water quality as well as gill burns and general unhealthiness from bad care. He's been on the shelf for a couple of weeks now, but was the last one at the time. My Walmart is notorious for having dead and rotting fish sitting on the shelves and for lack of care for all of their fish. Tank conditions for any given fish are as low as can be.
Same. Exactly the same; my walmart has extremely horrid conditions, they hardly (if ever) feed the fish, whether it's the bettas or the other types of fish they have. When I go over there, I always see dead fish in their tanks, and then some dead bettas on the shelf.
Our walmart I've only seen have the veiltail bettas, the dead marble girl I saw was a veil, as is my little Spazzy now. :P I'm lucky I got Spazz, probably a day (if that) of him being there, cause he woulda probably been dead within a week or less with their err.. "care".
He's happy as a fishy clam now though, quite currently he's building a cute little bubblenest haha. :3
Anyway, chances are it was a fresh stock of new betta's, but you never know.. :) maybe yours is better with the care of theirs. ^^
Some walmarts are different. But most of the time they're kind of the same. I personally wish ours would stop carrying fish. :(
Andd.. harry potter is awesome. ;) 'Nuff said.