Yeah, the ones they sold in the tank were always in really good condition, and if I went the day before their shipment came in, the plants were pretty well picked over. They weren't sold out, but only a few of some plantslike dwarf hairgrass and swords would be left. So they were selling pretty good. It's just weird that they decided to go with the tubed ones.
Petcos in the area still have plant tanks, but they always look kind of gross, and they have a lame selection. I got some of my favorite plants from tubes, actually.
My main issue with Petsmart, like I said, is that I won't be able to get frill plant there anymore, and I've never seen it sold anywhere else.
One of my local fish stores, I bought some plants from and I QT'd them for a couple weeks and ended up with a million pond snails, about 5 MTS (which are going into my newly set up soil tank), copepods, and TUBIFEX WORMS, which totally gross me OUT!
I also bought a huge amazon sword there which ended up costing me $20.