The Pros and Cons of Buying Flowers Online
The dawn of online shopping has created an overhaul in traditional shopping, and flowers are no exception. Instead of calling and walking directly into a brick and mortar florist to order our flowers, we can have them sent using same day delivery, with a few clicks from the comfort of our own home.
But is there a catch to the new-found convenience of buying flowers online?
The Pros of Online Flower Shopping
Time Saving: Few of us have the time these days to venture out to the local florist in our busy lives, wait to be served, decide on our arrangement then wait for it to be made. The internet has no lines, the arrangements are professionally pre-made, and the flowers can be delivered on the same day you order them.
Convenient: When you wake up on your Anniversary and realize you’re too busy to buy flowers from the supermarket or local florist, hop online and order away. You get the added benefit of not having to carry the flowers yourself and risk damaging them or pollinating your clothing.
Choice: A brick and mortar florist or supermarket only has so many flowers on offer. A florist network online features products from a huge range of florists, with practically any arrangement thinkable available. Still can’t find the flowers you’re after? Request a custom-made arrangement online.
The Cons of Online Flower Shopping
The Cost: As with almost every aspect of our lives, we pay a price for convenience. Online florists often operate through a chain of referrals and wire services, taking a cut of commission, which may ultimately boost prices the consumer has to pay. Reliable delivery also comes at an increased cost.
The Experience: There’s a certain relationship and enjoyment walking into your local florist and seeing your fresh flowers being created right in front of you – an experience which is lacking online.
Lack of Certainty: When you see a bouquet of flowers in the store which you’re buying, you know that’s what you’re going to get. Due to seasonal variations and inflation of size or quality in online flower photos, what you see is not always necessarily what you get.
Ultimately, if you have the effort, time and desire, nothing beats locally arranged flowers. With our busy lives and preference for convenience, sending flowers from the comfort of our homes and offices may well be here to stay.