Now, I will be the first to say I love going to a petshop. If I do any kind of shopping, I'm at the petshop playing with animals, eyeing new types of toys or food. It's funny how once you get to know your way around animals, you come to the realization how much a petstore is a rip off. LOL I went to one yesterday, they wanted $26 for a rabbit. Okay, I can see paying $26 for something nice, so I asked what kind of rabbits were they. "They are mutt rabbits, I don't know what breed"... Okaaayyyyy... Are they standards or dwarfs ? *shrug* LOL And oh my goodness, this store wasn't the brightest. They used those big plastic tubs(puppy in the window type containers) and they had probably about 50 hamsters in a tub. Peered over the top and they had males and females running amok in there. I stifled a giggle, because anyone buying a hamster from here was going to end up with multiples! The price? $15 Then there were two tubs of ferrets, each housing 6-12 each(a bit crowded) but all those ferrets were lounging around on their backs like they had been doing some serious drinking the night before. On their back, sprawled across each other, paws spread eagle. Very cute. Mutts as far as color, and probably males and females mixed together. Their price was $160-170. The petstore kept their animals fairly well kept, the only thing that bugged me about them is that they kept their parakeets in one of those plastic tubs. Wings clipped and nothing to stand on. So you had about 50 parakeets standing in the bottom of this cage, sleeping or stretching because there really was nothing else for them to do. I mean put a perch or some toys in there or something. It's a huge contrast to petsmart who keeps their birds in a large social cage and plenty of perches and toys, they fly around singing and screeching, preening each other and whatnot. These just sat there, not a very appealing pet. Poor advertising on their part, I suppose. Does anyone else go 'shopping' at the petstore? I rarely ever(almost never) buy anything from a petshop, but definately one of the most frequent places I go. Petsmart, Pet Supermarket, and a small local petshop called the Birdcage are the ones I frequent. The Birdcage being my favorite because it's run by the couple who owns it, the wife specializes in the birds, she breeds and rears them herself, and the husband specializes in fish. They take great pride in their store, even if they ask crazy prices. They didn't carry puppies or kittens so let's not go that route please.