mail order orchids

allymarie(zone 10, So. Fl.)April 12, 2014

Hello,

I received my first mail order shipment of orchids today from Orchids by Hauserman.At first I was a bit skeptical but decided to try ordering Lc Trick or Treat after seeing how beautiful Nick's was.I was shocked at low large the box was when it was delivered.I actually thought I got the wrong order.I received the two orchids I ordered but was amazed at how large they were.They were packed well, healthy and at a good price.I was so pleased with my order I placed another order for 3 more cattleyas.

Allymarie

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allymarie(zone 10, So. Fl.)

Lc Trick or Treat.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 5:34PM
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allymarie(zone 10, So. Fl.)

Lc Bryan Wheeler 'Grandson'. This was on sale and was suppose to be bare root but came potted with one bud.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 5:42PM
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orchidnick

Some mail order places do nothing but and get very good at it. Kawamoto Orchids from Hawaii only sells on eBay and a few orchid shows but will often have 500 odd listings. Big plants at a reasonable price. Shipping is a little high unless you get several plants and ask for a discount on the transportation cost.

You got exceptionally nice plants.

Nick

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 6:33PM
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allymarie(zone 10, So. Fl.)

Thanks Nick! Yes, the shipping was $15.00 but I did not mind because they were large,healthy plants.The price I paid for the total order is much less than what I would pay for two catts at a local nursery.Thanks for the shipping tip.

Allymarie

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 7:32PM
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plantladyco

FYI...Kawamoto now has free shipping!

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 11:47AM
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allymarie(zone 10, So. Fl.)

Thanks! I was just on their Ebay catalog.I almost bought Catt Maxima.I'll save that for next time.They have beautiful orchids.

Allymarie

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 1:03PM
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orchidnick

Oops! Kawamoto has changed. There may be free shipping but their prices have nearly doubled since I last looked. At those prices I would not buy from them.

Nick

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 8:15PM
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tommyr_gw

Kawamoto is great as is Albita. Just got a few Den. Loddegsii from Albita.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 11:25AM
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plantladyco

Their prices have increased, but I believe,for what you get, that they were underpriced before.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 11:27AM
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orchidnick

They were definitely under priced before. That's what I loved about them. I got many nice, big plants for between $10 and $15. Those days seem to be gone, now their prices are in line with everyone else. Oh well, all good things come to an end.

Nick

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 11:33AM
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plantladyco

Can't blame them for trying to make a living :)

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 2:30PM
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musaboru(Inland Calif.)

Regarding the free shipping/higher prices, this is pretty common now on eBay. Sellers are offered incentives to provide 'free shipping' but this is passed on to the buyers with higher prices. Of course this is meant to target those who think they are getting a deal with free shipping, hence more revenue for eBay when unfamiliar buyers think they are getting hot deals. This also means no combined shipping discount for buyers.

Not to rag on Kawamoto Orchids though, they have sent very lovely orchids at very reasonable prices and with this new strategy, the prices are still good and I wont refrain from purchasing orchids from them in the future.

Another good mail order company for orchids is Seattle Orchids. I have been really thrilled each time Ive ordered from them. Here's my Cym. goeringii I got for way cheaper than any other place I can find online.

This post was edited by musaboru on Fri, Apr 18, 14 at 17:16

    Bookmark   April 18, 2014 at 5:05PM
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