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I disagree. I feel that the good companies behave ethically and want their customers to be successful. It is much easier to keep customers than to find new ones.People see pretty colours, they buy stuff, they haven't researched correctly and their tanks are completely unsuitable, either not mature, or they do not have the right equipment, or know how to use what they do have.
99.999999% of the time, a coral dies due to the person, not the coral.
Granted, I would never buy a true "chop shop", but again this is the persons fault.
People will sell their own mothers if they could make enough money, so lets not be pointing the finger at the vendors, at least entirely, the issue in the vast majority of cases is the people.
This is probably one of the most difficult, expensive and frustrating hobbies known to man, yet people think they can just throw sticks in a tank and it's all going to be fine. Nope!
I do agree that research, knowledge, and experience are keys to success, and with these people should be learning that chops shops are not going to be a good way to achieve success with SPS.