That's what I don't get: importing is easy! It costs within just $2-3 to buy in USA vs import from overseas...did the math...the fish in USA is usually about same quality (no breeder anywhere is going to sell their best...they breed and show with them!)...like I stated before: biggest amount of $ goes to shipping them Express USPS...which I will be doing regardless if they come from breeder in CA or TX, or if they are travelling from transhipper in CO...after all, it only costs about 7$ to have them sent from Thai breeder to my transhipper and that includes most "importation" costs!
My fish arrive healthy happy and gorgeous from Thailand, CA, TX, and CO!
The only reason I don't buy an import is because of the shipping costs. I have talked to all the transhippers near me and for priority shipping from any of them it would cost a minimum of $30 for 2 fish plus 15-35 for each fish. So $80 for 2 fish and shipping from Thailand to my door.
I wouldn't mind at all if I had that kind of cash to spend on having a fish shipped to me, but I don't, so I buy fish I don't have to import and pay $55 for two fish and shipping combined. It's a much better deal to me. Same quality just not usually as colorful as the fancies over seas.
That is so much more than what I've paid shipping....but you do know: what I was trying to say was: from Thailand you are looking at about 10$ more per fish at most...most of shipping cost accrues in USA.
I've gone through 2 transhippers, will only use Linda Olson (have for a year now)...I also live in a "more expensive" state that USPS says costs more to ship to, so many people just automatically add $5 more to ship to me.
What you described is more than Linda charges me for Express...and many breeders as well...just got 4 fish from polukoff/bettascapes and that was less...
I've never gone through anyone who charged that much for 1-2 fish and then added so much more for an additional fish! You're right, if I was looking at that cost, I'd probably find a way to conserve some$. And I am guessing that if any of us had "money is no object" kind of riches, we wouldn't be drooling over fish pics on aquabid thread, but buying the fish!
Yea i agree. Lat time I paid for 4 aquabid fish (yes no less qualities than the ones you guys have been posting) and went through Linda, the total cost of shipping and fishes were $90 (express). I tipped her $20 but that definitely cheaper than that ridiculous $100 fish from ebay excluding shipping