I live in Australia and am constantly surfing aquabid and dreaming of the fish I wish I could buy but I lack the confidence to buy from overseas having never shipped before. I was just wondering if anyone on here buys from Thailand etc and whether it was a good experience and worth it.......or not.
I would love to buy fish from Thailand over Aquabid but is it super expensive and do the fish you buy usually arrive in good health and settle in okay? I have read a few instances where when people have bought a fish the one they paid for suddenly becomes unavailable and so they have to take an alternative fish and not receive the one that they paid for. Please if you have bought on Aquabid from an overseas breeder share your experiences.............
I have purchased fish from Aquabid in the past and never had any issues.
However, before you even bid, you have to contact Jodi-Lea (Fishchick Aquatics). It is around $22-27 (per fish) on top of the purchase price to get your fish into the country. Any fish arriving has to stay 7 days in quarantine with her and then is sent out to you. So if you aren't able to pick up from her store that's usually an extra $15-20.
All fish must be shipped from Preecha in Bangkok so if you buy a fish from Malaysia or Indonesia, it is generally $5 extra to get it there.
I have purchased from Nice Bettas, Sutee, Interbettas, TMTBettas and Xtrembetta and never had any issues. Two of my fish were DOA when they arrived in Bangkok from Xtrembetta (he is in Indonesia) and he replaced them free of charge.
Jodi-Lea is great to work with. If you are nervous about shipping fish in from overseas, but are after a particular colour or type, have you tried emailing her or checking out her Youtube channel? She gets some of the best bettas in Australia in through her store and if you are specific about what you want (not just what HM do you have in stock?) she can usually hook you up.
Otherwise, as soon as I get the funds together again, I am definitely going to be ordering from Aquabid as the quality and selection of fish usually trumps anything we have here.
Gee thanks for the helpful info LittleBettaFish, I did look up some of her fish on Youtube but they were all sold and I could not find the ones that are currently for sale, is there anywhere in particular I can find the fish that she currently has for sale?
She has a lot of fish in store that don't get listed. I used to email her with things like "Do you have a blue marble female HMPK/HM in stock" and she usually lets you know whether she has one or something similar kicking around.
This is her channel, so if you find a video of a fish you like the look of, maybe send her an email asking if she has any like that available currently. I think she gets orders in from overseas every month or so, so not sure when the next one is due to land.
Not sure what your tastes are, but I think this male is awesome. Would take him myself if I had the dosh.
Wow he is beautiful! Dragon HM PK would have to be one of my faves but when it comes down to it I love most types. So I live in Queensland but too far away to pick up. Would it be the price of the fish and approx $20-$30 for postage?
Also can you pay with Paypal?
If so once I get my new tanks set up I am going to be glued to YouTube browsing what fish she has for sale!!!!!!!! I think I want more tanks! lol. Also that it great that you can email her asking for certain colours etc. Sounds safer and cheaper than buying direct from overseas but once I have some confidence buying from Jodi I may work up the courage to buy from Thailand one day. Your advice has been wonderful, so THANK YOU
I think it depends how much you actually purchase and what courier you go with, but my postage costs are generally around the $20 mark. I think she must be a master at tetris as I am amazed by how much she can fit into one satchel.
I think you can pay with paypal, but you might just want to check first. I always do direct deposit so haven't had to use it.
She gets some gorgeous fish in stock and they are always healthy. A couple of my wild pairs have spawned the same day they have arrived here at my house, and this was during the colder months as well. Can't get much better than that.
Oh wow that is amazing that they spawned the same day as they arrived!!!!!!!!!!!!! and so good that they are healthy. I could pay with direct deposit or paypal, either way is good. I emailed her about a couple of Plakats, does she usually reply pretty quickly or........