With all of the big flower promotions going on right now, I thought I’d get one of our local florists here in Dallas to share why she thinks that buying flowers locally is a much better deal than buying from a large flower chain online.
The following is a guest post by Domonie at Sabrina’s Flowers in Rockwall, TX:
There are several options for ordering Mothers Day flowers:
Option #1: Calling your local florist for delivery in another area.
Option #2: Ordering online through a flower supply middleman
Option #3: Call the first listing in the phone book (usually a full page ad)
Option #4: Search out a local florist with a physical location where the person you want to send flowers to lives.
In my opinion, option #4 gives you the best arrangement for you money.
1. When you go local, no “middleman” takes a cut. The local flower shops can fill your order to exactly what you pay – more flowers for less money. Ordering through a middle-man means that you end up paying a pretty steep “service fee.” This service fee is NOT the delivery fee. The ‘delivery fee’ (approximately $7) is bundled into the price of the florist-delivered flowers shown on the site. The delivery fee (usually $20+ for major holidays) is just for forwarding the order to a local florist.
2. Your local florist knows what flowers they have in-stock that look awesome. I recommend always asking the florist what they would send to their own mom – you’ll get the best product that way.
3. Going local means no phone tag if there is a problem. If there is a concern about delivery they can call you direct and it gets sorted out immediately so that your mother gets her flowers ASAP.
4. Going local usually means the person who takes your order fills your order. They know what is in season in that area, what the best bang for your buck is, and what is most popular. (And who knows, they might even know your mother!)
5. Mom & Pop shops are the heart of a community and going local means supporting the local economy, which benefits everyone in the community!
To find the best place to buy flowers locally, use Google Places, Yelp or your favorite review site to find a good local flower shop if you don’t know of one.
Did you know that there are companies online that set themselves up to look like a physical store even though they don’t have a physical address? They even have “City Name Flower Shop” or something similar when you look it up on Google. If you’re wondering how to find a REAL Local Flower Shop, check out the tips over at The Flower Detective for more information.
|Domonie Mattson is the manager at a Dallas Flower Shop named Sabrina’s Flowers in East Dallas and is committed to making quality arrangements that fit your budget!|
What do you think? I’d love to hear your comments on buying locally vs. buying from a large online middle-man site!