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How Global Has Our Hobby Gone?

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    Jarcave
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    I remember hassling my dad to take me to a fish shop when I was a kid. When I learnt to drive at 17 I used to drive some distance to visit LFS to buy fish I couldn’t get near home. At that time (Sixteen years ago) the internet started to take off. People with PC’s started to buy modems and sign up to Compuserve. But in the UK, it was only people like Ford and McDonalds that had websites. It would be a few years before your average LFS had it’s own web page.

    In the last month alone, I’ve bought aquatic electrical equipmment from China. Killi eggs from France and Thailand. I have stock lists from Peru and the USA and am very seriously considering directly importing fish from those countries as I can’t get them here.

    So in short, the world has shrunk. What affect has it had on the hobby for you? What affects will globalisation have on your hobby in the future? Do you buy fish or equipment from abroad? If so, what? Will this have an affect of the average LFS? Do the owners of LFS need to change their business in order to survive? With sites like Ebay, will they continue to stay in business? Can the average hobbyist take advantage of this situation? And if so how?

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    Matt
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    One of the reasons we set this site up was to bring folk with similar interests from around the globe together. There just aren’t that many dedicated hobbyists using the internet, and with the greatest respect, even less younger hobbyists. I don’t know why this is exactly but it seems that the hobby isn’t being embraced with a passion by most younger fishkeepers. The vast majority of other forums don’t really interest me to be honest. Not in a snobby way, I genuinely struggle to find interesting things to read! In that respect I think the internet is invaluable to meet and share knowledge with other like-minded folk. I’m very happy to see that we already have members from the UK, France, Malaysia, the USA, Spain and Malta here. <img src="style_emoticons//smile.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:)” border=”0″ alt=”smile.gif” />

    I think that more and more people will begin to buy fish online too, although I’m not yet sure if this is a good or bad thing. I suppose the idea of being able to get hold of species that are otherwise unavailable by the internet is positive, but we’ll have the same problems that have developed with many LFS’ in my opinion i.e. many operators will be selling fish in an unscrupulous way and without proper information.

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