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What kind of group buy would you be interested in ?
Dry Goods - food etc 13%  13%  [ 2 ]
Dry Goods - sponge filters 6%  6%  [ 1 ]
Plants 6%  6%  [ 1 ]
Fish - killies 6%  6%  [ 1 ]
Fish - wild or uncommon cichlids 44%  44%  [ 7 ]
Fish - livebearers 6%  6%  [ 1 ]
Fish - Rainbowfish 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Fish - Other 13%  13%  [ 2 ]
Other - please note below 6%  6%  [ 1 ]
Total votes : 16
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 Post subject: Group Buy ?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 11:28 am 
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We haven't had a club Group Buy in a while.

What's a Group Buy ?
It's when the club makes a bulk purchase thru a vendor and then resells the items to the members (ie the sponge filters or Tshirts) or its when the club arranges a buy from a vendor that many people would be unable to buy from on their own (ie a fish or plant wholesaler ).

Usually the club picks up the shipping costs, and sometimes we are also able to get lower than normal costs buy buying in bulk.

Group Buys are ONLY available to BAS members - this is a membership benefit :mrgreen:

Please feel free to add comments/details - what you'd like to see, or mention a vendor you like (we have a few vendor ideas already).

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 11:49 am 
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Is there a way to make the poll so you can check more than one option?

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 11:54 am 
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AlanR wrote:
Is there a way to make the poll so you can check more than one option?

not that I can find...

However I'm willing to read thru lots of detailed posts if people want to vote for their first choice and list their 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc :mrgreen:

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Part-time fishguy at Uncle Ned's Fish Factory (saturdays)
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Species I am currently keeping/breeding include :
Copadichromis borleyi "redfin"
Labidochromis caeruleus yellow labs
Aulonocara sp. "Lwanda"
Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus "Super Red Ancistris"
Xiphophorus montezumae Montezuma Swordtails
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(I'm in the middle of resetting and redesigning my fishroom - so things are kinda quiet)


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 Post subject: Specialty foods
PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 12:08 pm 
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It would be great to get an assortment of flake - pellets - frozen - whatever from Ken's.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 12:31 pm 
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If we do a drygoods buy from Kens again it will work like this - everybody decide what they want and submit the list to the buy co-ordinator (probably me).
Then we order, the club pays for everything, and then people pay the club for their stuff when they pick it up.
Everything in Kens "catalog" would be elegible.

I know my fish went nuts for his flakes and pellets, but I've got enough stuff to last me a while right now (I placed a solo order from Kens a few months ago, got about $50 worth of flake, pellets, and filter carts)

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Part-time fishguy at Uncle Ned's Fish Factory (saturdays)
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Species I am currently keeping/breeding include :
Copadichromis borleyi "redfin"
Labidochromis caeruleus yellow labs
Aulonocara sp. "Lwanda"
Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus "Super Red Ancistris"
Xiphophorus montezumae Montezuma Swordtails
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(I'm in the middle of resetting and redesigning my fishroom - so things are kinda quiet)


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 7:27 pm 
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I love Ken's... about to run out of the last batch of flake I ordered from him. The prices are already so low, it seems like a group buy discount would be better spent on something else.


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dstringf wrote:
I love Ken's... about to run out of the last batch of flake I ordered from him. The prices are already so low, it seems like a group buy discount would be better spent on something else.

Good point.

However - we're not limited to just one group by - I'd like to do maybe 2 a year eventually

Also - anything that introduces more people to Kens sounds good to me.

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Part-time fishguy at Uncle Ned's Fish Factory (saturdays)
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Species I am currently keeping/breeding include :
Copadichromis borleyi "redfin"
Labidochromis caeruleus yellow labs
Aulonocara sp. "Lwanda"
Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus "Super Red Ancistris"
Xiphophorus montezumae Montezuma Swordtails
_______
(I'm in the middle of resetting and redesigning my fishroom - so things are kinda quiet)


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I also just purchased about $50 worth of food from Ken's. So I'm set for a while. I really like the idea of all of the other buys, execpt for cichlids. Not that I don't like them...I just don't have any room for any more South Americans, and I have no hard water tanks for Africans. I think a rare livebearer buy would be a great way to get some of these fish in the club. :)


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I'm not really thinking about limiting the buy to a certain type of fish, but knowing what kind of fish people are interested in helps narrow down vendors (ie if everybody wants livebearers and rainbowfish than a vendor that mostly imports african fish or a cichlid vendor like Jeff Rapps doesn't really make a good fit...)

I'd like to see us get a whole bunch of piaba cardinals but I'm not sure if its the right time of year...

Good points everybody, keep them coming !

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Part-time fishguy at Uncle Ned's Fish Factory (saturdays)
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Species I am currently keeping/breeding include :
Copadichromis borleyi "redfin"
Labidochromis caeruleus yellow labs
Aulonocara sp. "Lwanda"
Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus "Super Red Ancistris"
Xiphophorus montezumae Montezuma Swordtails
_______
(I'm in the middle of resetting and redesigning my fishroom - so things are kinda quiet)


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2006 2:35 pm 
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I voted for wild/uncommon cichlids.

I'm just looking for a male Mpimbwe frontosa.


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Rich's mention of cardinals got me thinking that I'd love to see a buy of rare tetras. I've been really into various types of tetras since I started keeping planted tanks. I bought the ember tetras at the last auction, and I just love them. I'm always on the lookout for new and interesting tetras.

Plus, being small fish (for the most part), they'd be fish that people could pretty easily find space for in existing tanks.


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Most places dealing with South and Central american cichlids, can bring in tetras as well.

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I was planning on making a small order to Ken's soon. Anyone interested?

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I want to buy some breather bags from ken's but I have been saving up for the auctions this month and next month.

So... If I order breather bags, could we split the shipping cost?

If we do a group buy, I'd like some oddballs or some harder to find fish. I am interested Native North American fish too.


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If I'm not mistaken, the club picks up the shipping on group buys.


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