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These services are just middle men for florists in the area of delivery. Say you give them $100. Only $65 goes to florist. Your arrangement will be less in value than if you just called your local florist directly. This must be a paid article. Support the local small businesses!
Thank you. I am a local Florist and fully agree.
Right on! I own a flower shop. Phone us directly!!
These are just scams that overcharge you and know nothing about the flowers they are selling. Only care about getting your order and taking your money. Not one person is a florist and they just resend the order through other services that take even more of your money and try to get a real florist to fill the order for very little money and then you wonder why it looks bad
This actually makes me furious! Most or all of these people have NEVER even touched a flower. They make actual florists look terrible. Understand this. They keep a good percentage of the money you give them just for being the call center that receives your order. They then call a local florist to fill the order for them. Meanwhile, you spend $150 and you and whomever you were sending the flowers see’s a $100 arrangement. ALWAYS, ALWAYS call a local, brick and mortar shop!
Your local florist should always be your # 1 go to not these middleman that takes a chunk of your money n all they do is smile all the way to the bank, while your local florist is there when you need them other than holidays. For the sad times as well as the good times, make friends with local your florist, they are your neighbors or church family. Support them rather than those long distance guys. They aren’t there when your family has a tragedy, We Are ! We Are there for your new grand babies, or that new promotion! We are your friends then We become Family! Support your local florist. When you need a florist out of town call a local florist in the town in the zipcode . Let
Them keep all the money instead of losing nearly 30 -40% of the order they receive from the middle man. Retired florist of 48yrs. ❤️
Totally agree. I’m a florist for over 50 years.
I’m a florist myself and I totally agree with those who feel these wiring services are scams. They don’t even make the arrangements advertised (they’re computerized), yet they take all the credit and the actual making florist barely gets paid. They even penalize us florist for stupid things. It’s best for customers to call a local florist, see what’s available during that month/season and save money.
I agree! Please call your local florist directly or visit their website. Not only does the gathering florist such as 1800flowers, Ava’s Flowers, Ranch Flowers, From You Flowers, FTD and Teleflora (to mention a few), all keep 30% or more of your money, the recipient is not getting what you actually ordered because while the gathering florist keeps 1/3 of the money you sent over, so the florist is forced to design a smaller version (to fill to value) of what was sent to her. Keep small business alive and shop local please. 🌸
I have been designing for decades and I recently did some videos where I ordered from those very online companies you mentioned thinking that they probably do OK what arrived was dead or soon to be dead ugly flowers I could not believe what they were sending out obviously spent six days on boats trains and buses made by somebody in another country perhaps I ordered an orange bouquet for $85 and the flowers came spray painted orange smelling like spray paint bougs farm girl 800were miserable so who wrote that article anyway
Your best bet is to contact a local florist where you need delivery from. If you don’t live in the city that it’s being delivered just call local shops in that area.
Always ask about their specials and early ordering is always best. The above options in this article would be great for last minute orders.
Google reviews is a great place to start to find local shops.
Another option when you’re shopping local is to ask if they do hand tied bouquet instead of vase arrangements. This saves you money.
Urban Florist in Ontario Calif. They have great arrangements at a fair price. They can do it all and welcome any idea you can think of. Friendly and clean, with a nice selection of nick nacks and antique throughout the store. I get my flowers for any occasion from them. Check out there reviews on yelp….
I’ve been a florist for 30 years and everything you mentioned is a 3rd party company not a real home town florist. Stay away from those kinds of deals they are a rip off and you certainly will not get your monies worth and you will lucky if they are not dead by the time you get them.
These are not Florist! They send you boxed flowers that you have to design yourself. Most of the time they come dead. 1-800 Flowersbis an order gatherer. You place your order with them and they hope they can find an actual florist to fill their order. A true Florist takes the time to take your order, find out what you would like send, then actually design it them selves or a member of their team. Wrapping flowers and putting them in a box is not designing!
I am a florist , have owned my shop for 33 years. Do not use these places that they are suggesting……. call the flower shop directly to receive the best value for your dollar !!
Oh boy :/
I wish the person who wrote this article would of walked into their local florist and just asked this question. Florist owner here for over 20 years… each florist is unique to their business. We are the ones that pick up the pieces and having to explain to the unhappy customers that used these middleman companies why they need to SHOP LOCAL. Just google a shop in that area ( make sure their business is physically in that area… because these companies pay google to appear on top of the search) or go see your local florist to help find you a local florist in another area. Hope this helps!!
As a florist who also owns a small local business, I concur with the other florists’ comments. You
can support a local business, guarantee the freshest floral products and know you have a professional floral designer creating your arrangement when you shop local. My experience working with large chain flower delivery services has not been positive. If I have to make an order out of town I always seek out and use locally owned brick and mortar flower shops. Just a suggestion.
I used From you florist twice and each time the flowers were never delivered. The first time they apologized, sent flowers, and also offered me another discount. So when I tried the 2nd time, I ordered a week ahead and used my discount. Again, the flowers were never delivered. This time I called for my refund, and will never use again!
I have owned a local flower shop for 35 years. Why would anyone write and promote these businesses.
Instead of advising the consumer the best way to get a bigger bang for their buck. Apparently the writer has never ordered flowers for an important event and either received nothing or something dead. We try to inform our customers to order local and this article has set us back years. I think the author of this article needs to re-write and this time do the research. Dissapointing article.
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