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I just want to say kudos for not using them again.

All you have to do is google "florist in -----"(zip) and you will get a list of REAL bricks& mortar shops in the area you want to send to, not a call center where the operators don't even know what an orchid is!

I know a bit about how 800 & other "wire services" work, having been a florist for over 22 years. As you probably know, these services take your order, and then send them on to the local florist in that zip.

What you may not know is that the "sending fee is kept by the service as well as 20-28% of the flower cost. The receiving florist gets 80% (roughly), but is expected at that 80% to not only fill the order as pictured, but to eat the delivery cost. So, you may have spent $100, but the florist may receive $75-80. Add to the fact that they then have to wait 30-45 days to see the money from the service, many florists just reject them.

We dropped all of our wire-services at our shop for this reason. My clients order $100 and that's what they get~every penny! Believe me, the REAL florist want your business~deal direct!!

Thanks Kathy. I'll have a follow up post next week....

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