A good deal or not?

katob Z6ish, NE PaNovember 14, 2012

You get what you pay for. That's what I hear people say all the time and I have to disagree. Sometimes you get more.... But sometimes you get less. A lot less. I'm posting this because I often see great sales claims for bulbs that are 70 to 80% off, free shipping, top quality.... I of course am curious until I see what the price still is.

Today I got an 85% off clearance email deal on grape hyacinths. Five bulbs for something like a dollar forty five. I almost choked when I saw the original price of 9.99 for five bulbs!!!! Yikes!! A reputable company such as Brent and Becky's has them 10 for about 3 dollars.... That would be about a dollar fifty for five as an EVERYDAY price.

In general I'm wary of any seller that offers a lot of deals and coupons.... I could name companies but there are watchdogs out there if you just google.... And if you're still unsure, post here and get a second opinion. Just be careful, if it is a good deal we might encourage you to spend even more.

And btw, the Brent and Becky grape hyacinths are 10% off this week. 2.70 for ten :)

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

This is why I don't buy plants except in person. I don't like surprises.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 9:40AM
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ontnative(5b Can/USDA 4)

Our local Walmart is selling most of their bulbs at half price, so 40 tulips for $5, or 12.5 cents per bulb. The bulbs are healthy, a good medium size, but not much choice of colours left. I also got some hyacinths and narcissus for 33.3 cents each, and some crocus for 10 cents each.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 3:02PM
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katob Z6ish, NE Pa

Good deals ontnative, those cheap clearance (sam's club in my case) bulbs are what got me into trouble in the first place. How can you resist a bag of 60 or a box of 100 tulips for 7 or 8 bucks!? I'm sorta past the "don't know what you'll end up with" buying, and want to get pink tulips when I buy pink.... So I try to resist the box stores..... but don't always. Usually they are a case of you get at least what you pay for.

I don't mind buying from reliable places, even sight unseen, it's some of the other places that scare me. Again today a clearance sale email, one of the deals was 20 mixed Darwin tulips for 8.95..... Thalia daffs for almost 1 dollar a bulb....

I must be getting over excited for the real clearance sales..... I should probably just mind my own business.
Btw I have some generic daffs if anyone wants them for the cost of postage, first come, first served, just email me.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 9:53PM
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ontnative(5b Can/USDA 4)

Apart from the "mixed" hyacinths (15) that I got on sale at Walmart, everything else was a single colour. I, too, do not like mixed colours of bulbs, unless it is only two different colours. Even then, I much prefer to buy my bulbs in single, described colours, with proper scientific name, etc. I potted up the hyacinths for forcing, so I can mark the colours when blooming. Then they can be planted out in the garden with others of the same colour.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2012 at 12:18PM
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