The lock down forces me to buy stuff online and the disappointment have been many. I had ordered a couple of plants and bunch of seeds online with a specific request to the sellers to send the product ASAP as we were staring down at a lock-down again. One seller heeded my request and sent the plants I needed last week. The other didn't bother and I had to follow up a few times to make him send it. I was more worried as these were live plants and would be damaged if they stayed in transit for a long time.
Finally after much follow up I received the parcel today and was so disappointed. Instead of sending two different plant this vendor has sent two of the same plants. Not just that, this one is much cheaper and seems to have some fungal infection. My annoyance is based on two reasons, this vendor is from the other end of my country and it would be impossible to send the plants back. They would be dead by the time they reach him. Secondly, the cost of packing and handling would be more than the actual cost of the plant itself. His response time has been poor throughout this process of ordering and buying the stuff. This makes it all the more difficult for me to work with this vendor any further.
Sadly, this is the way online purchases work here, especially when it comes to plants and seeds. Last month I bought some tubers and seeds and they sent me rotten tubers. The seeds were supposed to have 93% germination has left me with three plants from 50 seeds. The dishonesty of these online vendors annoys me to the core. I have decided that I will not buy plants online, I'd rather trade with local gardeners who are more sincere.
I have been disappointed with other online purchases also. However, when I buy it through Amazon at least I can send it back at no further cost. Now, I've learned my lesson. No plants online.
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