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Old 04-28-2011, 09:19 PM   #1 
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Question Ordering a fish online?

I have never ordered a fish online.
I have been really interested in doing so, but I have no idea what to expect.

Could someone talk me through what I will have to deal with? Such as the transhipper and etc. For the cost of the fish and shipping, is that just the breeders, and do I have to contact a transhipper for another fee for shipping with them?

Anything you guys can come up with that would get me prepared for ordering a fish online.
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Old 04-29-2011, 08:03 PM   #2 
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I just purchased a fish from a Thai breeder. Most people go through aquabid and most payments are made through PayPal, so you will probably want to set up an Aquabid account and a PayPal account.

You only need a transhipper if you are dealing with an overseas breeder.

I looked at different breeders on Aquabid and decided what type of betta I would like. I also looked at breeder feedback to see who had a good track record. The breeder that I liked, Ninebettas, also has his own web page. I decided that I would like to buy a copper or gizzle halfmoon plakat but he was not currently selling one. I sent him (Sathit) an email and told him the colors that I was interested in. He emailed me back with pictures. I picked one and found out the price. For Thai breeders, it's the Aquabid price, plus the shipping fee from Thailand to the U.S. ($5 in my case), plus a separate payment to the transhipper.

I read reviews on the transhippers on this site plus on Ultimate Bettas and decided to use Jennifer Viveiros (Hopdiggity). I decided to Express mail instead of Priority because I wanted to make sure the fish made it here ok. Other people on this Forum have used Linda Olsen, but I did not reach out to her about pricing.

If you purchase from a U.S. breeder or dealer, then you do not have to pay a transhipper. For example, Hopdiggity sells fish imported from Thailand is offering free Priority or Express shipping for $20. Martinismommy breeds beautiful fish has Priority for $18 or Express for $37. (If I had not promised my younger son that I would not have a betta population larger than 3, I would buy one of Martinismommy's fish).

If you ship priority, you do not get a live arrival guarantee. Live arrival guarantee depends on what the seller is offering, often the price of the fish or an equivalent replacement fish.

By the way, I have also heard of people who purchase fish at an International Betta Congress show. There are not any near me (Maryland), but I know that there is one in Michigan tomorrow (Walker, Michigan).
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