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18 years old to buy fish at Petsmart? What!?

Postby Marconis » Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:38 pm

Sometimes I buy cichlids at my local Petsmart when they have good stock. Tonight they had good stock. So, when I asked to buy them the girl told me no and that I needed to be 18. What the #%$&? 18? I've bought fish there many times before and nobody said #%$& about that. I was pretty angry and just went to my LFS and found some good fish. Did this girl not like me or something, or is that really a true Petsmart policy?
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Postby SinisterKisses » Mon Apr 21, 2008 9:09 pm

Might be a new policy, I know I've heard talk of it before.
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Postby Boomr99 » Tue Apr 22, 2008 12:35 am

It's not the first completely retarded thing I've heard a "Large Chain Pet Store" employee say either. And not even the most retarded thing either.

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Postby redstallion02 » Tue Apr 22, 2008 12:54 am


Sorry that is not funny. But I too have had a problem at pet smart that was pretty much on the same basis.

I went in there and grabbed a gold fish bowl. I wanted it for some coins, just a coin jar that it would look cool next to the tank.

Well at the time I was there I wanted to get some feeder gold fish for my turtles. They told me since I was buying a "goldfish bowl" they were not able to sell me feeders because the goldfish bowl would not have proper filtration and they would die.

I thought it was kinda crazy, haven't went back since.
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Postby darkenedkaven » Tue Apr 22, 2008 1:22 am

I bought firebelly toads once. The 18 yr thing was told to me too. The lady also looked disappointed when I pulled out an ID. In her eyes, the kid with unnatural hair and piercings are just teenagers. But I got my toads. And will never buy anymore from there again. They didn't even make it 4 months.
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Postby SinisterKisses » Tue Apr 22, 2008 2:07 am

redstallion02 wrote:haha...
They told me since I was buying a "goldfish bowl" they were not able to sell me feeders because the goldfish bowl would not have proper filtration and they would die.

I'm sorry, I don't see how that's a problem? Goldfish bowls are one of the worst and most common fish-hobby item out there, so I say good on them for refusing to sell you goldfish to keep in it. Yes, I realize that you didn't actually intend to keep the goldfish in it, but how were they supposed to know that? You're holding a goldfish bowl and then ask to buy goldfish. Logical deduction. They may all be a bunch of idiots, but at least they're sort of showing that they sort of care about the well-being of their fish.
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Postby Dewdrop » Tue Apr 22, 2008 9:07 am

Yeah it's good they care (concerning the goldfish & bowl) but if redstallion02 explained the goldfish weren't for the bowl and they still wouldn't sell them to him to because they didn't believe him, that's different.

I saw someone post once that they tried to buy fish and the employee ask what kind of fish he already had. He said something like pirannah of some real mean fish and they wouldn't sell to him even after he explained they wouldn't be in the same tank. They didn't believe him. I think it was because of his looks or way of dress. Anyway it's wrong. It's good they are concerned but they need to believe their customers (or at least pretend to believe them lol).

I dunno how I feel about the being 18yrs old to buy fish thing. Might be a good policy. Kids might buy fish they don't have permission from their parents to get or the means to keep them at home once they got them. On the other hand there are many young people really into fish. They've kept fish alot longer than I have and know alot more about them then I do or than store employees do so should they be denied buying fish because they don't have an adult with them? That don't seem right either.

It really does my heart good to see kids and teens so into fish. As bad as it's got out there in the world, I think it's GREAT when younger people find fish for a hobby.
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Postby SinisterKisses » Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:38 am

Yeah, I agree...not sure that they should refuse to sell fish to someone who isn't 18. By the time I hit that age, I had already been keeping fish for 10 years, and cichlids for about 5. Most of the pet store employees around here know not to question me at this point though, lol.
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Postby lab911 » Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:56 am

I would talk with a manager of that department or better yet the store manager and ask if this is a new policy. I know for a fact that Petsmart will not sell hamsters, birds etc. to anyone under the age of 18 because that person must sign a legal contract and to do so that person must be an adult. That is a national law. As far as fish I have never had to sign anything to buy so I would assume that you would not need to be 18 years old to purchase a fish from Petsmart.
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Postby Marconis » Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:05 am

What really bothers me, is that I was talking to my friend about fish while I was waiting for the employee to finish helping a customer. He'd tell me, "Why not this one?" and I'd explain why I couldn't get it and things like that. I thought maybe from that she'd see I was caring but whatever.
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Postby boostspike » Tue Apr 22, 2008 3:10 pm

18+ ...first tobacco, then spray paint.. now fishes.. :o what is this world coming to..

the sad thing is they'll sell an oscar to some idiot whose gonna put it in a 10g. but its okay cuz he's 18+
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Postby squalls » Tue Apr 22, 2008 5:32 pm

I think it may have to do with some of the fish fighting that has been going on. I heard from a few sources that college students were buying betas to fight each other and taking bets as well. This hit the news and I believe the people involved were brought up on charges.

Just my thoughts on the topic, thanks for reading.
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Postby rgr4475 » Tue Apr 22, 2008 6:36 pm

If your old enough to drive (16 or 17) then you should be able to buy a freakin fish. Last time I checked this is America. I would put the blame of this on pissed off parents of kids who bring home unwanted fish. A phone call gets placed to petsmart management saying "why did you sell this fish to my 15 yr old son, blah blah" So multiply that by all of the petsmarts across the country and hence, a new policy.

I use to be a manager for Dick's Sporting Goods. I actually had a mom call me and complain that I sold her 13 yr old son a $149.99 baseball bat. She said that the cashier should of known that a 13 yr old boy couldn't afford a bat that expensive. I politely told her that its not our job to determine what kids can and cannot afford. Anyway, my point is some parents are willing to put the blame on everyone else except their own child.
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Postby 12pointer » Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:34 pm

I remember when I was 8 I purcashed my first tank I use to ride my bike to the LFS and put money on the 29 gallon setup that I had in layaway. When it was paid off my mom drove me up there and picked it up for me. I still have that tank, 32yrs later and its still running.

I personly think its BS that they would refuse to sell up and comming hobbyist fish. Yes some people have gone the wrong way by buying fish for fighting them for profit. If the young people can't buy from petsmarts what makes them think their stopping them from buying fish, they can just go to a LFS who will most likely be willing to sell fish to them.

Thats the problem with the world today. Its ok for a 12yr old to sit in the wood with a gun and shoot a deer but they can't buy a fish unless their 18.

PS... Petsmart sucks anyway
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Postby DMWave45 » Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:52 pm

Yes i agree that it's a shame kids can't buy fish at some stores. I know I have been buying fish and supplies since I was 13 and I spent about $1000 of my own 14 year old money to buy a big tank and complete setup. I can't imagine how dissapointed I would have been to have them tell me that I can't spend my own money on something I love.
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