Opinions Needed: What would you do?
Howdy. There's a certain Begonia I've wanted from the first time I saw it.
It's rare and expensive.
I found 'X' Begonia online, but shipping is 29.99 for one 4" plant..The Begonia is 12.99, which is acceptable, but shipping is absurd.
I also found 'X' Begonia on Ebay..an auction. There's 3 or so hours left. So far, the price is or was 26.00..Shipping 7.00. BTW, only one seller in US has 'X' Begonia available.
We are NOT Bill Gates, nor do we have similar bank accounts..His pocket change equals our account. Possibly..lol.
If I bought this Begonia, it'd be on credit, like most other purchases.
Anyway, my point is, would you spend that much money for one plant..Begonias aren't the easiest plants to over-winter. I've never had this type of Begonia nor do I know anyone who has. Not in IL or warmer climate states.
The shipping at the nursery is high. I even emailed the nursery, thinking/hoping I made a mistake, but no such luck.
The owner? explained why shipping prices were so dear..which honestly, didn't satisfy me.
I checked Gardenwatchdog, and for the most part, the nursery has mostly positive feedback. Most neutrals and negatives were because of shipping prices. But IMO, people who willingly purchased a plant, knowing the charge before they clicked to buy, knew what they were doing. It wasn't a mystery charge..therefore, they're wrong complaining, let alone leaving neutral/negative feedback because of shipping.
What would you do? Would you purchase 'X' Begonia? If so, which place would you order from? Would you forget shopping at the online nursery because of high shipping costs? Hoping, if enough people stopped ordering from them, they'd eventually lower shipping? Or over-look it, and expect to receive a new Begonia?
I'm interested in opinions..Thanks, Toni