1-800-FLOWERS.COM Informative - This is why your 1-800-Flowers are so awful
NATIONWIDE -- 1-800-Flowers and Bloomnet.com (same company, different names to deliberately throw you off) are the worst of the worst of the worst of floral wire services. You can be assured that when you order from them, somewhere in the town you are sending your floral gift to there is a florist who is about to be taken advantage of - right after they get done picking your pocket.
This is how that wonderful company works. First, they underprice their products to attract you to their website. Next, they sell you the flowers for a cheap price and tack on a very high "service fee" which you, the customer, thinks is a deliver fee. Ha! How wrong you are. Then they add in special fees for same day delivery, timed deliveries, etc..
At this point you're feeling pretty good about your purchase. Let's say you spent $39.99 on an arrangement, plus $13.99 "service fee" and an extra $9.99 for same day delivery. Your credit card is happily charged for the entire amount and you think "hey, I just spent $63 on flowers for my girl. I know they will be so nice"
The florist in Anytown USA receives the order from 1-800-Flowers/Bloomnet.com but they only get the $39.99. The entire arrangement has to be made AND delivered for that price. The "service fee" and any extra fees do not go to the filling florist. Naw, they never even know you paid them.
But wait - there's more! The local florist will fill your order to the full $39.99 value less $7.00 which is alloted for a delivery fee. Now your arrangement, originally undervalued at $39.99 is being filled at $32.99. Sound too good to be true? Well, it gets even better. somewhere between 20 and 45 days after your flowers are delivered in Anytown, USA, the local florist will be paid approximately 70% of that original $39.99. That's right - he/she will get a big fat check for $27.99 which is to include the flowers, the vase, the accessories, the delivery fee and all of his or her overhead.
Think about it. You paid $63 for those flowers and the company who actually fills your order only gets to keep $28 of it. What happens to the rest of your money? Where does the other $35 go? Why to 1-800-Flowers, of course, to pay for that excellent customer service you never get once they get your credit card.
Want to have a better shot at getting pretty flowers for a fair price? Make sure you always order from a local florist. You'll receive full value for your order and if you have a problem with the flowers they'll do their best to fix it. To a local florist, customers are everything. To the big national wire services, customers are just numbers.
Don't believe me? Ask your local florist.