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Old 04-28-2012, 02:46 AM   #1 
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First Time Attempt at Bidding on Aquabid

Hello all,

I'm just seeking advice on what I'd need to do in order to purchase a fish on aquabid.com. I finally decided on a fish I'd love to get but am wondering if there's anything I should do and watch out for. Additionally, are there any questions I should be asking too from the sellers?

If it helps, the fish I'm interested is here (for some of the people who saw my previous thread, yes yes, I finally caved): http://www.aquabid.com/cgi-bin/aucti...hmp&1335867528

Please give me any advice that you have to offer. I greatly appreciate it. :)
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Old 04-28-2012, 11:56 AM   #2 
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oh, he's adorable! does he have four ventrils?!

uumm.... my first AB baby was from a US seller. it might be different for Thai breeders, though. x:
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Old 04-28-2012, 02:53 PM   #3 
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very nice fish, id love to get a PK someday when one of my tanks become empty.
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:59 AM   #4 
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I'm in the middle of a transaction from Aquabid. I just clicked the Buy Now so I didn't have to worry about bidding against anyone.

Most sellers have the list of the transhippers they deal with in their ad. If they don't, send a message to the seller and ask before bidding to make sure there will be someone available.

AS SOON AS YOU WIN THE AUCTION and pay for the fish, email the transhipper to find out when their next shipment is. Cc the email to the seller. The seller won't ship to the transhipper until it's almost time for the transhipper's next shipment. In my case my local transhipper isn't shipping until the end of May, so that's when I will get my fish that I ordered last week.
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:12 AM   #5 
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well i only bought IN the U.S. (less priced) but he is very pretty, he looks like a marble steel kind of XP good luck with him ;p
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:29 AM   #6 
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If you don't want a bidding war on your hands I would say click the buy it now, however some transhippers require you to call them to book, before you place the bid, (I know the person in australia does) after you have bid if your transhipper doesn't require you to call them before bidding, this is the time to get in touch, also you will need to send the seller an email confirming your transhipper and the next shipment date for them, and also confirm payment for your betta, if you are going through paypal (I do) then ask the seller for their paypal account, log into paypal, put in their details and transfer the money, you will need to pay $5 extra to pay for the flight to where you live, and then also you will have to pay your transhipper for collection, handling fee's, customs clearance, etc
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:30 AM   #7 
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Thank you all for your information. I greatly appreciate it and it has been extraordinarily helpful. :)
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:32 AM   #8 
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I'm sorry. Am I missing something? Why not just buy a fish from one of the show-quality breeders who are members of this forum.

Get some pics, make a choice. Send check. Get fish. Sounds a lot simpler than all that falderall with transhippers and what-not.
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Even buying from a member on this forum you would still have to pay for transhipping if you were in a different country to them, or if in the same country you would again still have to pay a shipping fee!
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:12 AM   #10 
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I'm sorry. Am I missing something? Why not just buy a fish from one of the show-quality breeders who are members of this forum.

Get some pics, make a choice. Send check. Get fish. Sounds a lot simpler than all that falderall with transhippers and what-not.
Having done both I will weigh in here. There are pros and cons to both methods.

Breeders aren't that easy to find around here, at least that's been my experience. I found one breeder in Canada, in the Maritimes. Surely there must be more! I live in Ontario, the most populated province, and no breeders here??

Then when you find a breeder, do they have stock available for sale? Not always. I have also found that breeders often sell their best stock via Aquabid, so less stock is available to buy from them directly.

Overall, I had an excellent experience with the breeder I dealt with and I do plan on buying from her again (sibling females for a sorority anyone?).

Aquabid always has a vast selection of stock available. But there's the transhipper business to worry about. The site itself is remiss in that it doesn't contain an FAQ about transhipping for newbies. No price ballpark figures and no warning that some transhippers only ship once a month, or that some transhippers need to be contacted BEFORE a bid is placed!

I bought a fish from a seller who didn't even list his transhippers in his ad, and then found out AFTER paying him that the transhipper in my area isn't shipping for another month. I still have no idea how much shipping will cost but I'm starting to worry about that. I'm also worrying if I'll even get the same fish I bought, and what condition he'll be in.

I'd still buy from a local breeder again as opposed to using Aquabid and transhippers. But we really need a couple of upgrades on this board to address the above issues to our members:

- Sticky thread where breeders can list themselves and stock for sale.

- Seller review thread where members can review their experiences with sellers (both local and intenational) and transhippers

- Sticky thread with FAQ's and/or pros and cons of dealing with Aquabid and overseas sellers and transhippers

In fact it might be an idea to have a whole new section of this board for buying and selling. Just a thought. I wish I had had access to the info I've written here, BEFORE I bought from Aquabid!
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