For a long time all the pet/fish shops in the area only supplied your basic veiltails and crowntail in the usual blues and red etc (even though I think they are all lovely) however as I get further in to the betta keeping I was disappointed that I was unable to obtain more fancy varieties locally. Fortunately I started asking the petshops would they ever get the fancy varieties and they began to stock them just for me because I was buying quite a few back then.
I always wanted to get a pure black/black orchids or pure white betta though and the petshops could only get onto them for huge amounts of money, I was already paying upwards of $50 for the other fancy varieties and just could not afford to pay any more than that being a struggling (financially) student and all. A few months back however I could not believe my eyes when I came across secret in a petshop. At the time I was 'having a break' from the fish and only had my two old bettas left. Should have known though despite initially telling my self 'no more' I was back a week later buying secret and of course planning to go in for one I left with two, I bought berry too because big ears were not available previously either and I could not resist. Buying those two got me back into the bettas again and I will hopefully have around 10 soon.
I found Eclipse about 2 months ago, I didn't know what to do, I thought he was beautiful but already had a black betta (secret) and was looking for something different however I could not go past the fact that he was black copper and butterfly so bought him too.