Why should I buy tilapia?
Tilapia is in so many recipes now. And highlighted on cooking shows as the fish in their recipes!
As far as I know - all tilapia is farm raised. I used to buy it for a quick low fat meal. It tasted okay.
I then started thinking about it - I live in a coastal state. I can find some really good fish on the coast - not so much where I live mid-state without spending a good amount.
So - I want to hear the positives about tilapia! If there are some.
It's relatively inexpensive, widely available and mild in flavor (appeals to those with a fear of fish). The wide availability makes it a good choice for TV recipes, many people are not familiar enough with fish to feel comfortable substituting varieties if a specified one is not available.
If you like fish and live where you have fresh options then there are probably many more interesting choices.
I think you answered your own question when you used this phrase, "I then started thinking about it"