I see a lot of folks posting about what tank/materials to buy for their betta. And in stores, of course, there's all these horrible 1/2-gal unheated $12 betta kits...
Why don't they sell decent betta kits in the stores? They would necessarily be a little more expensive, but you would get value for it! How cheap do you think it'd need to be to convince those $12 buyers to get a proper setup instead?
For example, suppose Petco sold a $25 betta kit - 1 gallon, heated, etc. - do you think the $12-people would switch? What if you included all the hidden costs (often the kits don't come with decorations, or not enough, not enough food, water conditioner, etc)...
I guess my questions for you are:
1) What would you pay for a 1-gallon kit that included everything you need to keep a betta happy for 6 months (tank, soft decorations, water conditioner, water chemistry tests, heater, thermometer, food...)?
2) What would you pay for a 2.5-gallon kit, or a kit that included aquarium salt/epsom salt (basic meds)?
3) What about a "deluxe" kit that includes live plants or IAL and/or frozen food in betta-sized packaging? (No, I have no idea how logistics would work for something like that.)