Originally Posted by Mikeinco
I purchased two 20 gallon talls and one 10 gallon tank on Sunday and was told it was only 10, 20 and 29 gallon tanks that were on sale. I personally don't even think this is that good of a deal. For $64 I can go to Petsmart and get a 20 gallon kit which includes everything needed to set up the tank including the top, light, filter and heater. I am sure once i set up the 20 and 10 from Petco I'm going to end up spending at least $64 anyway.
When they do the sale, its national, and it includes 10s, both 20s, 29s, 40Br, and 55s...BUT the smaller Petcos don't have room to CARRY 40Brs, and some don't even have 55s. I bet what that Petco was really telling you was, "We have a sale on all those sizes, but 10s, 20s and 29s are all we have in stock, and since we lose money on every one of these tanks at the sale price except 10s, I don't plan to special order it for you, and to keep you from complaining, I'm going to let you believe that the 40s and 55s aren't included."
As for it being a good deal, it's below wholesale cost on all but 10 gallon tanks, and tanks have the thinnest margin of anything in a fish store. Even at retail - which for a 40Br is over $100 - the dealer is only making a few percent profit. Tanks are essentially a loss-leader in the fish game - dealers plan to make it up on equipment and livestock.
Bottom line, if you can use these sizes, you aren't going to get new tanks any cheaper. The only way to save from those prices on new tanks is if you happen to be satisfied with the equipment that comes in a kit or package deal, where they can build in the huge mark-ups on the cheap heaters, filters, hoods and lights they put in the kits - but be careful, and be picky. Personally, I rarely find the equipment included in those package deals to have the quality and configuration that I demand, so they don't help me.
For 29s, 40s and 55s, you MAY find a cheaper one used, but you can't count on it. If they would put the 75s and 90s on the dollar a gallon sale, then you'd REALLY have a deal.