by Owen Maercks on Feb 1, 2013
“A common dynamic I see across the counter is that of the family composed of wildly enthusiastic kids and steadfastly reluctant parents. The kids would gladly pack up the entire contents of my store and haul them home Grinch-style, while the parents are suddenly wishing their offspring had developed an interest in something—anything—more in line with their own aesthetics. Inevitably, the parents will ask me if I have a pet that is “very low maintenance.”…”

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by Owen Maercks on Jan 1, 2013
“When my wife and I bought our first computer, back in the mid 90s, we went into the local computer store as novices. It was a fascinating experience. The young man who helped us ended up selling us a computer with which we were very happy, but to this day…”
by Owen Maercks on Dec 1, 2012
“When I was little boy, my Saturday mornings were spent exploring the local canals, swamps and woods. Saturday afternoons, however, were devoted to escaping the heat of the day with a TV double-feature: a monster movie hosted by M.T. Graves, and, inevitably, a Tarzan movie. What a perfect fantasy: life…”
by Owen Maercks on Nov 1, 2012
“Those of you who have read my previous columns in Pet Business will be used to my tips and suggestions aimed at making independent retailers competitive in the herp marketplace. I will tell you that I am generally confident in the advice I give, given that I have been in…”
by Owen Maercks on Sep 30, 2012
“Whenever I sell a family its first reptile pet, I always let the parents know that they can expect the experience to go one of three ways: either the kids will love the herp as a pet and be satisfied on that level, or perhaps they will soon figure out…”