Dr. Foster and Smith warehouse and website closure.

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  1. mattzang

    mattzang Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    Hey this actually worked for my nuvo 40g stand! Lol I couldn’t believe it. Thanks man!!!
     
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    Man that sucks. Guess I should cancel the auto shipments of DFS branded dog stuff I have from them.

    I'm kinda tempted to use that 15RXJAN code on some MAP stuff though.
     
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    I just went to Petco.com and I believe dropping DFS was so they could take over the pharmacy aspect. I just got bombarded with offers for pet prescriptions. I don’t know that Petco has ever done online meds but it’s quite obvious now.
     
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    Unfortunately I didn’t, I didn’t even think about that at the time. I’d quickly unboxed them, and threw the cardboard away.

    They also had their sale on the probiotic salt for $5 cheaper. I bought a few buckets of that as well.
     
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    Choose wisely! They don't allow any returns or exchanges FYI.
     
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    Here is a little more insight information for you guys, that makes me believe they are not going to get rid of live aquaria at all.

    So shortly after Petco bought live aquaria, they actually opened up a store here in San Diego, advertising live aquaria and setup reef tanks in the store promoting live aquaria and giving information about fish and coral. I will see if I can find some more information on it. This has me thinking they won’t be shutting them down considering they just opened up a store strictly for live aquaria.

    https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/n...display-prototype-in-petco-subsidiary.423558/
     
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    Wish I had seen it. I've bought my last few buckets of TM from them for around $55, which is a great price. I also buy their DFS branded calcium and carbonate from them. Guess I'm going to have to find something else to use. Looking on the site all they have available is the really large sizes and those aren't on sale.
     
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    "Central is a very large corporation that is publicly traded. “The acquisition allows Central to strengthen its position in the aquatics category and gives us the opportunity to enjoy significant synergies with our existing aquatics business. Importantly, it also enables us to partner with our customers to deliver healthy category growth,” said George Roeth, President & CEO of Central Garden & Pet." https://reefbuilders.com/2016/10/25/segrest-farms-purchased-central-garden-pet-60-million-cash/

    Checking the publication on the owners of Quality Marine not sure I have any of the PIJAC or Pet Business Magazines left from my time in the industry. Last mention of Phil Shane is around 2010 at MACNA.
     
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    Shame on them...this is still up on their website.
    " Never run out! Sign up for Auto Delivery today. "
    I think they should just be honest, have a fire sale and move on...
     
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    bsagea Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Photo of the Month Award

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    This is posted in their scrolling messages

    Today Only - 25% OFF reg-priced aquarium supplies w/code EXTRA25
     
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    I shop there. Wish their corals prices had not gotten so high.
     
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    New to me news and that is Crazy. I buy a lot from them - Even my frozen foods exclusively. They are 4 hrs from me. Will have to pay attention to clearance specials !!!
    Another failure of Petco.
     
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    Since the takeover the products with their name has not gone down but to the very bottom.
     
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    Never used any of their products but know a lot of people who have (especially on here!). It’s a shame to see a good reef based company go away like this. Such a fun and exiting hobby but needs more public attention. Keeping fish and a reef is harder than keeping any cat or dog. This is a fun and fascinating hobby! We need all the companies and individuals in this hobby/business we can get!
     
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    This would explain why Liveaquaria hasn’t responded to my two emails in the last two days.
     
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    :mad::mad:Look back. Do your fact checking. Not long ago ATM ( acrylic tank manufacturer) bought into petco. You want to know where it started to shift from. Back them. ATM, either Owens or is partnered with a LA wholesalers. Quality marine. You know, the wholesalers that's pumping tainted fish into the market. :mad::mad: I use to own stock in CG&P, Central Garden and Pet. I still get the stock meetings and minutes report.
     
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    What is “this”?
     
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    No Petco for me.
     
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    That does suck for the employees, but even with the strong presence of DFS, I knew Petco would ruin it. I'm so surprised not many people here have noticed the steady decline not only on the customer service of DFS, but also the pricing. I knew something had happened with DD years ago before it was even known Petco bought them. I started receiving sick and dying fish, sickly corals and clams, wysiwyg that was measured by a toddler. No one else has noticed mislabel species like painted anglers listed as wartskin anglers as an example, and prices being all over the place. I received a virulent strain of velvet from DD, I'm sure their old DD qt practices went right out the window. As in pure corporate precision, they likely got rid of the higher paid experts and hired cheap inexperienced replacements.

    I know 1st hand how Petco works, I use to work for one of the largest privately owned mobile dog grooming businesses in the country. Petco wanted to break into the mobile business and bought it, they put it out of business in under 2 years.
     
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