Unfortunately, the average consumer is not educated on ANY products they buy, from electronics to pets and everything in between.
Corporations count on these uneducated consumers and market towards them. Marketing is a very powerful tool on those that do not research and just buy because they want it, or saw a magazine add or TV commercial about it.
In the non animal market it does not bother me so much, let the uneducated waste their hard earned money on junk they will use once and then get bored with, or trying to save a buck and buying the super cheap version of something only to have it break and need replacement.
In the pet market it is a different story. There should be standards that these companies are held to, eliminating animal cruelty in the consumer market. Store employees should be better trained and have real knowledge about the animals and habitats they are selling to not add to the problem. There are lots of shoulds... But only one thing that matters to the companies, profit margins. Training costs money, encouraging environments that leads to shorter animal life creates sales. When the human race can get past greed, then maybe we can start to see some of the changes that "should" be the standard.
In short, I agree with y'all