This is a great website! Explains how to spot fake florists and why not ordering from FTD, 1800Flowers, & Telefllora save you loads of money. Go local!!!
The Florist Detectives
You're a smart shopper
You know that the best flower arrangement value, quality and service on the web comes from dealing directly with the real local florist that will actually create and deliver your order.
Why would you want to trust that special arrangement to some guy sitting behind a computer terminal that doesn't know a gerbera from a gigabyte?
And how come it's so hard to figure out the actual local florists from the weeds of affiliate companies pretending to be 'your' local flower shop?
This site is dedicated to providing consumer information to answer those very questions. Along the way, we'll highlight some of the seemingly deceptive and misleading advertising practices used by faux local florists to confuse, misdirect and plain-old fool the gift-giving public. We'll also provide resources to help you find real local florists.
It's tactics used by deceptive floral wire service affiliates, the ones that generate the letters we receive from defrauded and deceived consumers, that prompted us to create this site. A quote from one recent letter sums it up:
"What should have been a simple, sincere gesture of sending flowers was cheapened by the actions of this (order gatherer) company. Despicable."
Tips to Avoid Being Fooled by Flower Order Gatherers
TV, Newspaper and Web Coverage of Phony FloristsPhantom Florists - Fox 5 Investigative Report, Washington, DC
Buyer Beware: 'Local' Florists Might Not Be Local - WBNS TV10, Columbus, OH
FTC Warns Against Phony Florists Posing As Local - CBS 13, Sacramento, CA
Valentine's Day Flowers - 3 On Your Side, CBS3, Philadelphia, PA
Flower Shopping? Get Real - Human Flower Project
'Local Florist' Might Not Be - Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, OH
Ask questions in picking a florist - Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, OH
"The Internet makes it easy to order the crappiest, overpriced bouquets..." - SmartMoney.com
Hank Investigates: Phony Florists - WHDH-TV Boston, MA
Your Local Florist Might Not Be Local At All - WISN ABC12, Milwaukee, WI
Telemarketers Posing as Phony Florists - KSBW-8, Salinas, CA
Where Did Your Flowers Come From? - WCCO-4, Milwaukee, WI
Finding A Florist - Terri Gruca, Consumer Reporter, WCCO-4 Milwaukee, WI
Man Warns About Flower Scam - The Denver Channel - 7 News, Denver, CO