Originally Posted by Sara
That's interesting, didn't know that about State Line. Also found out recently they stopped selling State Line supplies in PetSmart stores...kind of annoying for me, since we just got a new PetSmart on the heels of our local english tack shop closing ~_~ I wonder if the two events are related: the horse.com buyout and the break with PetSmart, I mean.
Yup, PetSmart bought them out quite a while back (1995 or so? They used to be an independent shop/catalog) and then recently PetSmart decided the horse thing wasn't working out and they wanted to expand their small pet services, so they sold Stateline to Horse.com (who bought Counrty Supply before that and created Dog.com, Fish.com, and Ferret.com, they paied $1 MILLION for Horse.com!!!! Yikes.). So, that's why you won't see any more statelines in PetSmart stores, and if you didn't notice, their inventory has changed. They went from mid to upper quality items to low to mid quality items... including the addition of "Derby Originals" Indian made cr@pola, lol. The Kincades were bad enough (part of PetSmart's doing), but now they've included even more low-priced junk brands... Very disapointing!
I refuse to support the big box stores, even if I can save a little money. I'd rather support the smaller, real businesses, knowing I'm supporting real people like me 8).