Sending flowers online
Sending flowers has been a tradition of many cultures for a long time. Most people consider it a romantic gesture but it is done for many occasions; such as birthdays, anniversaries, funerals, holidays, and even to say “I’m sorry”.
But in the digital age, a new trend is starting to gain in popularity, and that is sending flowers by online purchases.
How is it Done?
The process is fairly simple. Like any other online ordering service, you simple find a company you like online, select the product you want, give them the address you want the flowers delivered to and pay online with a credit or debit card. Your job is done.
The most difficult step is finding the flower delivery company you like best. There are pros and cons to sending flowers online, and the biggest drawback is that you cannot inspect the flowers yourself before they are sent off. You have to trust that the company you hire will send quality flowers.
That is why you should always look for online reviews before hiring an online flowers service. Take a look at what other people have said about the service and if they were satisfied with their experience. If you can find great reviews, then you know they won’t send flowers that are wilted or poorly arranged and they’ll get there at the appointed time..
Finding a Good Selection
Another thing you will want to check for when hiring a flower delivery service is their inventory. As mentioned earlier, there are flowers for all sorts of occasions, so you will want to find a company that does more than just the basic types of flowers such as roses.
How they set up the flowers is also a factor. Do they just send the flowers in a bundle, or do they make a proper and elegant bouquet? What kind of accessories do they offer? It’s best if you can find a company that offers different vases with a variety of shapes and colors, extra accessories like bows and ribbons, and the ability to produce cards to go with the flowers so you can send a custom message.
How Does the Price Compare?
At first glance, it may seem like an online flower service is more expensive than a traditional “walk-in” store. But one thing you have to keep in mind is that you are not just paying for the flowers themselves, you are also hiring a professional delivery service. Transporting flowers can be challenging, especially if a long distance is involved. Flowers are delicate and so they have to be transported with care so that they are not crushed; many flowers also have to be kept at a certain temperature even during transport to keep from wilting.
When considering these expenses, most online flower companies are actually very competitively priced; although it always varies from one company to another.
That being said, online flower companies are able to cut expenses in other areas. Many flower delivery companies do not have a walk-in retail store. This saves them a lot of money in overhead which can be passed on to the customer. This means they don’t have to hire retail clerks to run the stores.
There is also the issue of competitive pricing. If there are only one or two walk-in flower shops in your town, then those stores can pretty much charge whatever they want and people will have to pay those prices or go without flowers.
However, if there is a multitude of online flower services within delivery distance of your town; the higher level of competition between these businesses ensures that they have to keep their prices competitively low.
Price also varies on the type of flowers you want to send. Most flower delivery services have a minimum purchase of $20. This is because it is not cost effective for them to deliver a single flower.
If you’re looking to save cash, be sure to keep an eye open for special deals and seasonal offers. Lots of online flower services will offer deals periodically during slow periods, this way they get more business and you get to save some money. Some offer discounts if you make multiple purchases throughout the year.