Aquabid is great. The sellers know how to pack fish as do the transhippers. I have heard some bad things about a few of the transhippers, so going closest might not be best. Jennifer and Linda I always hear good things about though. I had Jennifer as my transhipper when I bought my boy. In the winter, the fish get heat packs. They stay warm for days. They are not in transit very long and DOAs are quite rare. Shipping is a lot less complicated than I thought, that made me nervous too. You just buy the betta and inform the seller of which transhipper you want. They will ship to the transhipper. You should e-mail your transhipper telling them to expect your fish. They will e-mail you when they receive it. You pay them with paypal and they'll ship your fish.
The thing that eased my worries about buying from Thailand was that even pet store bettas get shipped. That's easy to forget. And they are shipped a lot less carefully by people who don't know or care as much as these people do. And one more word of advice- buy from a seller with lots of good feedback! They are the ones who do this all the time and have nice, healthy fish. People like Chard, Interbettas, Bangleanbettas, Aquastar71, Hopdiggity, MartinsMommy, and others (those are just ones off the top of my head I've heard good things about). And honestly, the fish isn't super expensive, it's the shipping that makes it expensive :p
Tanks- 55 gal(in progress)-Common pleco, Angels, lemon and rummynose tetra, blue rams; 29 gal planted- rasboras, corys, otos, clown plec, shrimp; 10 gal- juvenile goldfish; 6 gal planted- betta
Other Pets-Maggie(Tricolor Paint Mare), Lily(Sun Conure), Zoe and Melina(Budgies), Leonardo- Bearded Dragon, Pilot and Phoenix(Golden Retrievers), Beckham(german shepard/akita), Myrtle and Richard(hermit crabs)
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