Originally Posted by ravenwinds
Couple of pages ago, there was a question regarding a black dragon (black w/silverish scales)....definitely an HMPK...the PK stands for plakat which translates to short finned bettas in the current world :). An HM would have long fins shaped to halfmoon.
Popcorndeer: not a lot you can do if she holds the strings to the money bags...or the debit/credit card information!
But, tell her this: thousands of fish shipped through mail worldwide with very few casualties...probably less risk than driiving a car in a populated area! I (and most users on aquabid and here) have gotten fish through mail (even just regular priority) without even one death...
I always get fish Express Mail to shorten the travel duration but its not necessary. Bettas are extremely resilient fish that take well to travel....after all: even Petco or Petsmart or wally world fish come through the mail for part of their journey and some travel in even worse conditions AND most make it to the store (usually, they die of bad conditions at store)!
So, I'd hold out your store bought fish to her and say: "he came on planes, trucks, in boxes, packed in a totally sealed triangle of plastic with about an ounce of fluid...and he made it safe to us! Let's buy our next one straight from the breeder so he gets to us quicker and in better health and conditions!"
I totally agree with this but I know the bidding already ended on the fish you wanted :/
Tell her that, especially the part about how the fish are shipped to the stores. Also, if you order from a private breeder on AB, the fish will probably already be healthier than the fish the stores ship in.
I ordered my first three females online and all arrived fine. They were even in the mail for an extra day because my mom neglected to tell me that USPS left a notice at the door until AFTER the post office closed so they sat in the post office overnight after they were in the mail for three days. Just make sure if you are ordering overseas that you know how transhipping works and how much all the shipping will really cost you. You'll have to convince your mom first, though, but I'm sure you'll find plenty more gems on AB.
Edit: also, most AB sellers have a "dead on arrival" replacement guarantee but TBH, I haven't really heard of that happening often. Most bettas survive shipping. The important part is what you do after you receive them. I didn't know this when I got my fish, but you are supposed to keep the room dark when you unpack them because suddenly exposing them to light can shock them. You should acclimate them slowly to your water because the water they were in before is usually a lot different.
I have to admit, I'm still not 100% sure how a transhipper works because I've never went through one (yet, lol) but I think I have an idea.