Greenhouses forum: ACF or GREENHOUSE MEGASTORE?

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thonyc1968
Jan 6, 2018 6:45 AM CST
Which one between these 2 greenhouse dealers is the most reliable?
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MoonShadows
Jan 6, 2018 5:10 PM CST
Neither. Their main interest is making money, not selling quality greenhouses. Most of the greenhouses they sell are cheap greenhouses because Americans don't want to pay for quality. They want quality, but they don't want to pay for it. You want a good greenhouse, look at some of the long-standing European models or something like a Sun Gem Greenhouse. You WILL pay more, but you'll get a quality greenhouse that will last for decades. Most of the ones sold on these two sites, and many ecommerce sites, are, quite frankly, garbage.
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Weedwhacker
Jan 7, 2018 8:01 PM CST
I have to disagree about the greenhouses sold by the 2 sites above (as well as other sites) being "garbage." While they aren't "top of the line," many of them are perfectly serviceable. Not everyone needs -- and many of us simply can't justify the cost of -- an expensive greenhouse. I think this is particularly true of an initial greenhouse purchase, unless you are very clear on how you will be using the structure and what your needs actually are. I would recommend starting with something relatively inexpensive and then upgrading once you have a better idea of what you need.

As to the initial question of which of those companies is most reliable -- I haven't bought a GH from either one, but have had excellent service from Greenhouse Megastore with other products. I'd also recommend checking out Farmtek/Growers Supply for greenhouses and equipment.
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Name: Jim
Stroudsburg, PA (Zone 6b)
Greenhouse Region: Pennsylvania
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MoonShadows
Jan 7, 2018 9:50 PM CST
@Weedwhacker After reading your comment, perhaps I missed the meaning of @thonyc1968's question. "Reliable" may be referring not so much to the "quality" of the greenhouses, but the quality and performance of the companies themselves.

However, I did not say that the greenhouses sold by these outlets are garbage; I said MOST of them are garbage including some of the perceived "better" ones at higher prices. There are some good smaller, less expensive greenhouses too. However, most of them, no mater what the size or cost are garbage. They are poorly designed, poorly engineered, not well-built, not very serviceable, not worth the money and won't last, but they are cheap or cheap per square foot, and these companies sell them because they can make a quick buck, and most consumers don't know the difference.

I think I have become somewhat cynical about the whole US hobby greenhouse and gardening market. After a number of years of selling greenhouses and dealing with some greenhouse manufacturers and distributors, I have a whole different mindset than the average hobby greenhouse buyer. I see a lot of what goes on "behind the curtain", so to speak, and how many of these companies are making good profits from folks overhyping a lot of inferior greenhouses that no one should own. Both AFC and GHMS have some excellent products. I have bought products from both in the past. But, both sell a lot of inferior products, including a good deal of the greenhouses that are just not good buys no matter what their size or cost or the consumer's needs or budget.

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thonyc1968
Jan 10, 2018 5:13 PM CST
Thank you @weewhacker and @MoonShadows, I value your comments, therefore I'm gonna try to get more of them from you.
Here I have more quotes, one from Farmtek as @Weedwhacker suggested and from Gothic Arch Greenhouse and ACF

at the following link there's a greenhouse sold by ACF made in China and, by the sales person words, it's supposed to be better than the one of Cross Country although it costs less than half (about 5000 for a 13'x20')




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Name: Jim
Stroudsburg, PA (Zone 6b)
Greenhouse Region: Pennsylvania
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MoonShadows
Jan 10, 2018 11:11 PM CST
I responded about these greenhouses in the other thread you started.
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