Orchids forum: Be Careful of these Vendors

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Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Apr 2, 2010 6:17 PM CST
If you have had a bad experience with a vendor, please let everyone know!
Royal Orchids on ebay and Larry's Orchids on ebay immediately come to mind for me.

****Here is the scoop on ebay sellers. If you click on the number of their sales next to the name, you will see a page with Recent Feedback Ratings. Here you will see positive, neutral, and negative feedback for 12 months. I only buy from someone who has no negatives or very low negatives. Better yet, you always will be able to buy confidently from a top-rated seller who has a blue ribbon icon on the selling page. These are folks who have large numbers of sales with 99%-100% positive feedback.****

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Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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sugarcane
Apr 2, 2010 7:10 PM CST
Oh now you tell me! Blinking
lindsey
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Apr 2, 2010 7:21 PM CST
Sorry, I was being too positive! Hilarious! Not always a favor! Blinking Let's ask each other from now on. Thumbs up
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
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hawkarica
Jun 21, 2010 6:33 PM CST
Royal Orchid Club has a web site and an Ebay store. I ordered a Rhyn Retusa vanda orchid from the Ebay store about a year ago. Here are the problems:

1. It took over three weeks for them to ship it.
2. Terrible packaging as it was loosly put in a large book box and took a beating during shipment.
3. It was no where near the advertised blooming size.
4. The roots were dried and withered.
5. The plant was anemic looking and full of fungus.

By the time I paid for shipping, the cost was over $26.00. I would have been better off with a bag orchid from HD.

I isolated it and used lots of fungicide. Still, a year later, it looks terrible. It has grown some roots but no foliage and I don't think it will ever bloom. Never again will I buy from the Royal Orchid Club. If you look these folks up on orchid blogs, you'll soon see I am not alone.

Jim
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Jun 21, 2010 6:39 PM CST
Thanks, Jim! They are like the black plague of ebay. Not sure how they continue to sell. They never can get any awards as a top seller and they've been selling for years. Unfortunately unsuspecting orchid growers fall for the nice pics time and time again. Hopefully this will stop anyone on our cubit.
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Jul 14, 2010 11:01 AM CST
Uh-oh! Just got an email about the grand opening of this website. Look who is changing his website. http://www.orchidmaster.com/
Buyer beware!!!
Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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sugarcane
Jul 14, 2010 2:03 PM CST
I just unsubscribed from it as well...It looked a lot like Royal Orchid Club to me...was I right?
lindsey
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Jul 14, 2010 2:19 PM CST
Yup. He has several websites.
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Jul 14, 2010 2:47 PM CST
Great info, thanks!
Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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sugarcane
Jul 14, 2010 3:11 PM CST
I guess the bad scores at garden watchdog were hurting sales?
lindsey
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Jul 14, 2010 7:31 PM CST
Must be!

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