1-800-FLOWERS Buyer Beware!

At left is a picture of the gorgeous floral arrangement my husband gave me for Valentine’s Day.  He ordered it more than a week in advance from 1-800-FLOWERS, and had them sent to me at the office.

What’s that you say?  You don’t SEE a picture of flowers here?

Ah, yes. That’s because THEY NEVER ARRIVED.

Of course, things happen, especially today, the busiest floral delivery day of the year. The problem is, the customer service at 1-800-FLOWERS is non-existent, especially on Valentine’s Day.  They are “so super busy right now!” and tell you to email them before disconnecting you.  A cheery recording also advises you that they are “up to their elbows in floral deliveries, and may not be able to check the status of your order until tomorrow!”

Seriously?  They have ONE JOB–to deliver flowers.

Of course it’s the thought that counts, and I love that he wanted to surprise me, but Valentine’s Day is the absolute worst day of the year to try and send flowers.  And, if you ever do want to send a floral arrangement, it’s best to avoid the big chains like 1-800-FLOWERS or Telefora. 

It’s worth it to take the extra minute or two to Google a local florist that is nearby to where your delivery is going.  I always do that–for birthdays, sympathy arrangements, anything–because it helps support local business owners, and you always get top-notch service because they want your recipient to be happy.  Most local businesses count on word-of-mouth referrals, and they take extra special care of recipients in their own delivery area. You also get more for your money because you avoid the fees associated with the referrals from a national chain.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you….and to 1-800-FLOWERS: you stink!

UPDATE: The specific florist that was handling the order and failed to deliver was New City Florist in New City, NY.  They have lousy reviews online, including the one I just posted.  They are almost 10 miles away from the delivery address–a 20 minute drive. Not the closest floral shop by a long shot. Lesson learned!

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