Dr. Foster and Smith warehouse and website closure.

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  1. APC

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    I was a huge DFS fan for many many years - but definitely noticed their quality and service go way down hill once Petco bought them. I strayed away from them in the past year or so as a result and I suspect many others did as well. Sorry to see this happen to what was once a really cool company.
     
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  2. vetteguy53081

    vetteguy53081 Well known Member R2R Supporter Partner Member 2019 R2R Secret Santa Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor

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    I agree- crappy sales and noticeable difference. They replaced a lot of good product with DFS goods which did Not go over well
     
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    I am getting ready to start building a tank. Is there anything on clearance that would be a recommended thing to grab?
     
  4. Bob Escher

    Bob Escher Welcome to Saltwatef R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Not that Wasau is that big either other than the electric plant what is up there? Just teasing. Whenever I drive through Wasau on the way to my real home in Hurley/ Ironwood ( my place of birth) then I know for sure I’m in North woods
    And your right it’s a big loss of jobs
     
  5. Breadman03

    Breadman03 Valuable Member Catskill Reef Member

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    I used to drive an hour each way to get my frozen foods but found that @premiumaquatics @Premiumaq carries LRS. I ordered up 5 or 6 packs, which arrived hard frozen and perfectly packaged. They even included a note informing me of the hazards of the dry ice.

    Granted, it was only one order, but I'd recommend giving them a shot.
     
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    Not everything. [​IMG]
     
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    I also tried the 15rxjan and that didn’t work. Am I doing something wrong?
     
  8. Bob Escher

    Bob Escher Welcome to Saltwatef R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Me too
     
  9. Lor

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    Extra25 was just one day deal, rx coupon was just a bug and was already fixed
     
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    67chevellemalibu2 Well-Known Member

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    Sorry to see it go, but they were a rip off. Chewy.com has way better prices.
    Ex: Current EFlux 2100 GPH Wavemaker which I bought from Chewy.
    DFS; $118.96 Chewy; $78.88 Huge difference in price
     
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    67chevellemalibu2 Well-Known Member

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    I remember going into my local Petco once and they had a Sun Conure in terrible shape and I tried calling the local animal control on them. That store should have never been able to stay in business. I’ve shopped on occasion Petsmart and Pet Supplies Plus. Believe it. Menards has good prices on dog and cat food.
     
  12. mich2599

    mich2599 Well-Known Member Louisiana Reef Club

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    They fixed it.
     
  13. skihard1234Anth

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    In our favor or in theirs?
     
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    mich2599 Well-Known Member Louisiana Reef Club

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    Marine Depot did livestock for a minute and dropped it like a hot rock
     
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    I buy salt and frozen food from them. I use to checkout Petsolutions and DRF&S for the best price for both items.
    Now I'm wondering where to go.
     
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    Agreed. Noticeable difference once Petco took over. I haven't shopped on DFS in 16 months or so as a result. Too bad they're closing.
     
  18. don_chuwish

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    I got some Aqueon glass tops off the site last year and the pricing was WAY lower than anywhere else. I felt at the time that something was up - clearing the shelves so to speak. Very sad. Hopefully some employees can find opportunities not too far way in Golden Valley, MN.
     
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    Wonder if petco will now invest more into LA’s aquaculture... possibly having more well trained staff maintaining fish and coral at local stores as well, all sourced from LA.... wishful thinking!
     
  20. NotASpammerDude

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    Petco prices for many products are at the level of Amazon... they do price match over the phone but you get routed to a call center in "another country," and they make you ship not pick up in store... I guess Petco selling DFS makes snse considering they are so aggressively lowering prices IME, for a lot of things. I'm not trying to shill for them, as they have a prety limited selection... just sharing that I wouldn't take this as a sign that Petco is going out of business, only taht they are continuing to cut costs... in order to compete with online businesses.
     
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