Orchids forum: Disappointment w/ eBay

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Name: Dan
Florida (Zone 9b)
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Daniel
Dec 6, 2014 5:36 AM CST
eBay can be fulfilling or forbidding. As a regular purchaser of Orchids on eBay I have experienced both. A great source for reliable plants of all genera is [url=www.kawamotoorchids.com]www.kawamotoorchids.com[/url] They have an incredible selection and shipping is FREE. (Consider that when you are checking the plant prices.) I have purchased many Orchids from Ebay and this supplier is one of the best.
Name: Kate
Holmes Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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karmatree
Dec 6, 2014 6:27 AM CST
Thanks, DanJohn!
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Dec 7, 2014 7:12 AM CST
I am not sure where you came up with this "Free Shipping" statement, Dan. Actually, Kawamoto Orchids has one of the HIGHEST shipping charges out there, at 30% of the order's total PLUS a $10.00 packing charge. The only thing that you can purchase without shipping costs is one of their special "bundles" (always unnamed plants). Those bundles already have a nice profit built in.

If I am wrong about this, please correct me. When I first started Tropical Plants & More, some of my initial packing techniques came from talking with this shipper, and we discussed shipping charges then.
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Name: Roberta
Cherokee Village, Ark (Zone 7a)
Region: Tennessee Orchids Irises
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901Bertwood
Dec 7, 2014 8:13 AM CST
Ken, on ebay the shipping is free. I use them regular because of this, they have this for almost a year now.
Bert
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Dec 7, 2014 8:27 AM CST
OK, Bert. I just went to their website, since my information was gathered three years ago, and they still charge 30% + $10. I guess they do it differently on eBay but I can't imagine why they would. But that's good to know. I have never dealt with Kawamota Orchids, at least as a customer, so don't have any personal knowledge of their plants or their pricing.
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Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Dec 10, 2014 9:32 PM CST
Kawamoto is a solid seller and I haven't had a single bad experience. I buy on eBay quite often but I have stopped for the winter. I used to buy during cold seasons but I've stopped. I have had very few bad experiences (long ago) and I have a good sense of who to stay away from. One of my favorite sellers is shermanp but I don't get their recent acquisitions from Ecuagenera-I like them to grow in the states, preferable north, for a few seasons.
Name: Roberta
Cherokee Village, Ark (Zone 7a)
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901Bertwood
Dec 11, 2014 9:45 AM CST
Second on shermantp ,Kathy. Nice variety and good pictures of what you are getting.
Bert
Name: Lore Lisa
Central New York State (Zone 4b)
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Lorli
Dec 11, 2014 1:59 PM CST
I don't know if they sell on eBay, but does anyone order from Plantio la Orquidea?

Wish there was a list of which eBay sellers to avoid, but, like the smell of Amorphophallus, beauty, or STINKINESS, is the eye, or nose, of the etc etc. But it would be good to know.
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Dec 11, 2014 4:19 PM CST

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Lorli said:

Wish there was a list of which eBay sellers to avoid, but, like the smell of Amorphophallus, beauty, or STINKINESS, is the eye, or nose, of the etc etc. But it would be good to know.


That is why some of us asked you to please write an honest report about the eBay shipment you were not too thrilled about.
Name: Kate
Holmes Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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karmatree
Dec 11, 2014 4:24 PM CST
I love amorphophallus!!! nodding
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Name: Lore Lisa
Central New York State (Zone 4b)
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Lorli
Dec 11, 2014 7:51 PM CST
I did write about my disappointment with an ebay seller in my original post, below, and named the seller, Ruben in Orchids. What I find odd, though, is that the seller uses 2 names. I saw Ruben in Orchids on the paperwork that came with the plants and various communications from the seller, but, on the computer, the name Top Mac Sniper is also associated with the listings, and that person appears to be well regarded. Bad day?

I have no other problems with any ebay vendors, but appreciate advice from others.
Lore Lisa

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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]
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drdawg
Dec 11, 2014 9:30 PM CST
I guess it is time to start a new thread - "The horrors of dealing with USPS shipping". It is amazing, even knowing how badly our federal government runs programs, to see how inept our mail is being handled.
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 12, 2014 8:26 AM CST
Lorli, Plantio La Orquidea is one of our local sources here. I have many orchids from them and so does Jim. Great varieties and nice plants but buying direct is a different ball game than online as you can see what you're getting.
Elaine

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