While more than 100K buyers have snagged FTD.com’s offer on LivingSocial.com for a “get $35 in flowers for $15” coupon, they could have saved a real buck by simply bypassing the deal and ordering straight from the local flower shop who’ll actually make and deliver their Mother’s Day flowers.
The Offer’s Fine Print: The FTD service fee for flowers for Mother’s Day Weekend is $20.99
Note: This is not a DELIVERY fee. The ‘delivery fee’ (approximatley $7) is bundled into the price of the florist-delivered flowers shown on the site. The $20.99 fee is just for forwarding the order to a local florist.
So your $20 ‘savings’ goes to a $20.99 fee that’s totally avoidable.
Mother’s Day Flower buyers can save that buck ($.99 actually) by simply shopping online, over the phone or in person direct with a local florist where Mom lives. Use Google Places, Yelp or your favorite review site to find a good local flower shop if you don’t know one.
Then you’ll know who’s actually handling their flowers, likely hear if your selection requires substitution, and know who is ultimately accountable to get Mom’s flowers right. No middleman. No delayed communication about where your flowers are. No totally-avoidable service fee.
So save yourself some real money and order direct from a real local flower shop.
Your Mom will be so proud you REALLY saved and sent her beautiful, fresh flowers for Mother’s Day.