“Should I Buy Pet Supplies at a Neighborhood Pet Store or at An Online Pet Shop?” Lots of people are wondering this, with more buying choices on the Homepage of every online pet store now than ever.
Here are six points to consider when choosing products for your special pal, whether they are furry, feathered, or scaly:
An online pet shop will offer you the convenience of sitting at your desk at home and shopping with your fingers instead of your feet. You may also be able to comparison shop better for some kinds of pet supplies online. But if your neighborhood store is nearby, it may be just as easy (and more social) to shop locally. And don’t forget to check return policies online and off.
Conditions and Terms
A pet store online may have sales and special offers more often. However, many of these offers require you to spend a certain amount of money before you qualify. Free shipping may also be contingent on a certain spending level. Many local pet stores now offer rewards programs and discounts for loyal customers.
Online pets stores may come with a pull-down explanation or information you might like to know before you buy or use a certain product, for instance, what kind of fish to put into your fish pond. On the other hand, if you want to buy a product that needs operating instruction, such as a grooming tool or anti-shedding tool, you’ll get your questions answered more thoroughly in a neighborhood pet store where you can sometimes see the product in action.
Quantity v. Quality
There may be a bigger variety of products to choose from at online pet stores, especially when it comes to food for small animals like reptiles, ferrets, rabbits, fish, and birds. A local neighborhood pet store may be the better choice, however, to make the healthiest food choice for your favorite pet. Many local pet store owners will work with you to find the correct nutritional balance. There’s something to be said for a pet store where they know your name as well as Rover’s.
Safety and Assistance
If you want the very best and safest product for your pet you will seek out pet supplies that come with detailed information on the contents within, such as flea and tick medicine products. While online pet shops may direct you to information sections of their sites, oftentimes, just reading the back of the box will tell you all you need to know without having to do a serious online search. Therefore, your local pet store is probably the best place to browse and compare such products.