Yes, RU is $7 per rose to me, which is only half as far from them as you are. Chamblee was about $2.15 per plant. Both are shipping 1 gallon plants for that price, right? And the Chamblee plants were half the price of the RU plants. Heirloom charges $4.25 per plant for bands, no matter where you live. The plant prices are up there with RU, Palatine, Edmunds and Pickering, yet they are bands.
And.........knowing all this, enough people like me pay it and they stay in business. (Let's just hope none of the other companies decide they need to raise their shipping fees to stay in line with RU and HR!)
So....we're going to hope that RU makes it worth it all with superior customer service, really nice true to name plants that nobody else carries. I have read the feedback from Zuzu and others and I know this may not be the case.
For whatever reason, I just felt like gambling. We'll see how it goes!