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Why Are Flowers So Expensive?

pornask
pornask
Edmonton
Age: 31
Posts: 1225
So happy Valentine's Day everyone. Hope you didn't end up buying flowers... like me. Cause those buggers are expensive!

How come flowers cost so much? You cash out $100 for a bouquet of dozen roses with some decorative green stuff. WTF's up with that? And it doesn't even look anything special. And come weekend, it will be all faded and gone. Flower shops must be making a killing. Growing flowers is easier than growing vegetables. How come flowers are so fucking expensive?




Feb 14, 2008 at 11:25 am 
Angie
Angie
Calgary
Age: 27
Posts: 4774
Yeah, flowers are expensive and they probably even go up on Valentine. For as long as there is demand and people willing to pay this price, flowers will be how much they are. I love getting flowers but realistically, it's a lot of money that could be spent otherwise for something that doesn't wither. Even fancy dinner would feel better for this kind of money. Or night in a hotel
Feb 14, 2008 at 11:31 am 
Lampwick
Lampwick
Calgary
Age: 44
Posts: 204
Supply and demand. For slightly less you can get large milk chocolate heart filled with chocolates from Bernard Callebaut.
It may be gone in the same amount of time, but who doesnít like chocolate.

Feb 14, 2008 at 11:56 am 
Viper_N_Kiss
Viper_N_Kiss
BkLyN
Age: 42
Posts: 707
Yeah, actually they always raise the price of flowers for holidays because there is a big demand for them so they really cash in big time.. When the holiday is over the prices go back down.. Actually what surprised me at 1 time is when i heard the most flowers sold is actually on mothers day than any other holiday..
Feb 14, 2008 at 12:06 pm 
Lila
Lila
Edmonton
Age: 30
Posts: 1205
Flowers are expensive, but nowadays florists have to compete with superstores like Safeway and Walmarts who sell flowers real cheap. You won't get premium flowers from them, but many people go for better price and lots of people don't care nor can they tell so lower quality flowers don't matter to them. It's really not easy being a florist anymore.
Feb 14, 2008 at 12:20 pm 
DarkDream
DarkDream
Salt Lake City
Age: 25
Posts: 322
Anyone seen those roses coated in gold for $60 that don't wither? It's supposed to be a real rose but has some gold coating. It's advertised by Howard Stern big time.
Feb 14, 2008 at 12:29 pm 
anamaria
anamaria
Calgary
Age: 25
Posts: 537
As if flowers were not expensive enough, flower deliveries actually match up the price of your bouquet. It's retarded. If you want to send flowers to someone, you better have thick wallet.
Feb 14, 2008 at 12:32 pm 
pothead
pothead
Fort McMurray
Age: 30
Posts: 777
No shit, florists rape you unconscious on Valentine's Day. Glad I don't have to deal with that. I pay my hookers throughout the year for their services so they don't expect no flowers on Valentines. Pays off
Feb 14, 2008 at 12:36 pm 
pornask
pornask
Edmonton
Age: 31
Posts: 1225
So I'm curious and got to ask our fine girls. Do flowers do it for you?

To put it in perspective. Would you rather get a dozen roses for Valentine or a cute stuffed animal? Or maybe even a real planted flower (something that wouldn't look as astounding, but would last longer and remind you of the occasion). What would you rather?

Just curious whether flowers are overrated or what. They sure as hell are expensive.
Feb 14, 2008 at 12:51 pm 
Viper_N_Kiss
Viper_N_Kiss
BkLyN
Age: 42
Posts: 707
DarkDream wrote:
Anyone seen those roses coated in gold for $60 that don't wither? It's supposed to be a real rose but has some gold coating. It's advertised by Howard Stern big time.


Yeah a 24k gold dipped red rose... I bought 1 for my wife 2 years ago on valentines day...
Feb 14, 2008 at 12:52 pm 
Tender
Tender
Edmonton
Age: 31
Posts: 736
as a general rule of thumb, I'd rather get a present that's not given out of obligation. Valentine's Day tends to be like that - pressure put on lovers to spend money in order to show affection. Everybody expects to get it on V-Day so it has very little power to it. On the other hand an unexpected present, whether it be flowers or something else, given for the sake of giving, not because it's Valentine's day would impress me much more.
Feb 14, 2008 at 12:55 pm 
Viper_N_Kiss
Viper_N_Kiss
BkLyN
Age: 42
Posts: 707
Tender wrote:
as a general rule of thumb, I'd rather get a present that's not given out of obligation. Valentine's Day tends to be like that - pressure put on lovers to spend money in order to show affection. Everybody expects to get it on V-Day so it has very little power to it. On the other hand an unexpected present, whether it be flowers or something else, given for the sake of giving, not because it's Valentine's day would impress me much more.


Yeah thats true but ive never felt obligated because im always buying shit for kel without reason... She even tells me to stop buyin her shit.. I just buy things because i love her and id end up finding something to remind me of her and i get it but actually now she dont like getting flowers anymore..

She tells me it's a waste of money on something that will die in a few days.. They tend to last longer if u put an asprin in the water but not by much longer... There is always the dryin technique my mom taught me yrs ago..

If u wanna save a rose or a bunch.. After a few days tie string around the bottom of the stem and hang it up for about 2 weeks, then when its dry spray it with hair spray and u can put it in a vase and keep it forever if ya want.. May sound fag lol, but i did it to the first roses my wife gave me when we were still dating and i still got them in a vase with the 1st bunch i evere got her...

Also if ya plan to buy roses id go with candy cane.. Just what i like.. 6 red and 6 white roses for the dozen.. just my opinion on what i like...
Feb 14, 2008 at 1:45 pm 
Lampwick
Lampwick
Calgary
Age: 44
Posts: 204
The colors have a meaning too, so mix it up.
Red Rose
This one is the most obvious. It means "I love you." It represents romance and love.
Deep Pink
This simply means "thank you". If someone you know does something nice for you, a deep pink rose is a good way of saying "thank you".
Regular Pink
A pink rose represents happiness. It's great to give a pink rose to a partner to say, "I'm very happy with our relationship."
Light Pink
A light pink rose means "sympathy". When someone has had a loss then light pink roses is a very nice way of expressing your condolences.
White Rose
A white rose symbolizes innocence and purity. When combined with red roses (see further down), it represents "unity".
Yellow Rose
A yellow rose symbolizes friendship and caring. It's the perfect innocent gift to give to a friend or give to a loved one when you simply want to say "I care". When given to a friend it also means "I'm happy with our friendship."
Lavender Rose
A lavender rose is a symbol of "falling in love". When you give it to a person you are saying "I have fallen in love with you and am enchanted by you."
Orange Rose
An orange rose is a symbol of desire. "I desire you" or "I desire to get to know you better" is the message that orange roses send.
Black Rose
Never ever give a woman a black rose, because Hollywood has, unfortunately, made out the meaning to be "death". These aren't easy to find and some maintain that they don't actually "exist".
Blue Rose
A blue rose is very hard to reproduce or find, although some floral companies are trying to do it naturally. Others just die them. To some a blue rose symbolizes "mystery" and to others "attaining the impossible". A blue rose given can symbolize the rarity of your partner. You have attained the impossible.
Mixture of White and Red Roses
When you deliver white and red roses together to someone, it is a symbol of unification and unity. "May we always be together as one."

Feb 14, 2008 at 2:08 pm 
Viper_N_Kiss
Viper_N_Kiss
BkLyN
Age: 42
Posts: 707
Nicely done lampwick, i remember long ago looking up the meanings of the roses.. Thats why i did a dozen red and white lol..
Feb 14, 2008 at 2:14 pm 
amhealy
amhealy
Orange County, CA
Age: 56
Posts: 82
I bought a coffee cup filled with chocolate covered coffee beans for my husband.

I was going to post a picture I took of it and it came out huge for some reason, so I edited and took it off.

It was sitting a cabinet in his office and the sun melted some of the chocolate.

I think buying little things shows someone you care, and it's not as expensive as roses. However, early on in a relationship, like in the very beginning stages, nothing impresses more than a big bunch of roses. Or am I the only one who thinks that?

Recently, a friend of mine went to pick up his new love at the airport. He picked her up with a limo and 2 dozen roses. They are very in love right now.
Feb 14, 2008 at 3:11 pm 
Viper_N_Kiss
Viper_N_Kiss
BkLyN
Age: 42
Posts: 707
amhealy wrote:
I bought a coffee cup filled with chocolate covered coffee beans for my husband.

I was going to post a picture I took of it and it came out huge for some reason, so I edited and took it off.

It was sitting a cabinet in his office and the sun melted some of the chocolate.

I think buying little things shows someone you care, and it's not as expensive as roses. However, early on in a relationship, like in the very beginning stages, nothing impresses more than a big bunch of roses. Or am I the only one who thinks that?

Recently, a friend of mine went to pick up his new love at the airport. He picked her up with a limo and 2 dozen roses. They are very in love right now.


No your not the only 1... People tend to go over board on valentines day when the relationship is new and they feel they are madly in love but like now i buy my wife lil things all the time like when i see somethin that reminds me of her...

The chocolate covered coffee beans though.. Can u actually eat that like that? because ive never heard of that before lol
Feb 14, 2008 at 3:20 pm 
amhealy
amhealy
Orange County, CA
Age: 56
Posts: 82
_VIPER_ wrote:

The chocolate covered coffee beans though.. Can u actually eat that like that? because ive never heard of that before lol


Are you kidding, Viper? I'm going to have to make fun of you, or something.

Do you have a Starbucks near you? That's where I picked these up. I am a big Starbucks fan. When I used to drive to Texas, I had mapped out all the Starbucks along the way.

Chocolate covered coffee beans are really just small pieces of the roasted bean dipped in chocolate, sort of like a chocolate covered peanut.

I tried posting the picture again and it still was too big.
Feb 14, 2008 at 3:31 pm 
Viper_N_Kiss
Viper_N_Kiss
BkLyN
Age: 42
Posts: 707
amhealy wrote:
_VIPER_ wrote:

The chocolate covered coffee beans though.. Can u actually eat that like that? because ive never heard of that before lol


Are you kidding, Viper? I'm going to have to make fun of you, or something.

Do you have a Starbucks near you? That's where I picked these up. I am a big Starbucks fan. When I used to drive to Texas, I had mapped out all the Starbucks along the way.

Chocolate covered coffee beans are really just small pieces of the roasted bean dipped in chocolate, sort of like a chocolate covered peanut.

I tried posting the picture again and it still was too big.


Im a NewYorican lol... Starbucks is every where here but im really not a coffee drinker and when i do drink it, it's gotta be bustello lol.. Never stepped foot in starbucks lol...
Feb 14, 2008 at 3:35 pm 
Paulie
Paulie
Edmonton
Age: 25
Posts: 2234
lol that's why I prefer fake roses. They last forever, don't fade if you keep them in the right places and good ones look absolutely BEAUTIFUL, and you won't even pay $15 for 12
Feb 14, 2008 at 4:14 pm 
Viper_N_Kiss
Viper_N_Kiss
BkLyN
Age: 42
Posts: 707
linepau1 wrote:
lol that's why I prefer fake roses. They last forever, don't fade if you keep them in the right places and good ones look absolutely BEAUTIFUL, and you won't even pay $15 for 12


I have to agree, I bought kel several things for today and got her 1 red rose, its fake but its like a velvet kinda feel that it looks and feels almost real..
Feb 14, 2008 at 4:20 pm 
Angie
Angie
Calgary
Age: 27
Posts: 4774
All of my friends who ordered flower delivery from 1-800-FLOWERS are complaining. None of the orders was delivered. After countless phone calls to customer service, it looks like nothing's being done and it's all too late anyway so the whole idea is missed. Morale of the story - buying flowers from 1-800-FLOWERS is not recommended. Havenít heard of a single person who bought flowers from them to be happy. But have heard of many who did buy and are very unhappy.
Feb 14, 2008 at 7:50 pm 
GreenMachine
GreenMachine
Edmonton
Age: 30
Posts: 67
The last time I got roses for anyone, it was a potted miniature rose bush. The thing lasted for months and had far more than a dozen flowers. It was great.

I'm glad the girl I'm seeing doesn't go for the traditional Valentines stuff. Instead of getting all mushy today, we're going snowboarding on Sunday and Monday in Jasper. A much better idea IMHO.
Feb 14, 2008 at 8:28 pm 
Paulie
Paulie
Edmonton
Age: 25
Posts: 2234
GreenMachine wrote:
The last time I got roses for anyone, it was a potted miniature rose bush. The thing lasted for months and had far more than a dozen flowers. It was great.

I'm glad the girl I'm seeing doesn't go for the traditional Valentines stuff. Instead of getting all mushy today, we're going snowboarding on Sunday and Monday in Jasper. A much better idea IMHO.


I totally agree That'd be awesome.... if I could snowboard ^^;
Feb 14, 2008 at 8:40 pm 
Melicious
Melicious
Los Angeles
Age: 41
Posts: 1731
_VIPER_ wrote:
amhealy wrote:
_VIPER_ wrote:

The chocolate covered coffee beans though.. Can u actually eat that like that? because ive never heard of that before lol


Are you kidding, Viper? I'm going to have to make fun of you, or something.

Do you have a Starbucks near you? That's where I picked these up. I am a big Starbucks fan. When I used to drive to Texas, I had mapped out all the Starbucks along the way.

Chocolate covered coffee beans are really just small pieces of the roasted bean dipped in chocolate, sort of like a chocolate covered peanut.

I tried posting the picture again and it still was too big.


Im a NewYorican lol... Starbucks is every where here but im really not a coffee drinker and when i do drink it, it's gotta be bustello lol.. Never stepped foot in starbucks lol...



Aaaahhhh.......Dunkin' Donuts! If you are from NY than the coffee shop of choice is there (or has that changed?) I SO MISS THAT PLACE! I love that coffee. Starbucks is over-rated. Some people like it, but I personally don't think their coffee is all that great. Not worth the $5.00 plus bucks you spend on it for a small little cup of double mocha latte skim four sugars capped.......
Feb 15, 2008 at 2:42 pm 
Viper_N_Kiss
Viper_N_Kiss
BkLyN
Age: 42
Posts: 707
Angie wrote:
All of my friends who ordered flower delivery from 1-800-FLOWERS are complaining. None of the orders was delivered. After countless phone calls to customer service, it looks like nothing's being done and it's all too late anyway so the whole idea is missed. Morale of the story - buying flowers from 1-800-FLOWERS is not recommended. Havenít heard of a single person who bought flowers from them to be happy. But have heard of many who did buy and are very unhappy.


Guess im the first then, cause ive ordered from them several times and was very satisfied, so was my wife..
Feb 15, 2008 at 8:07 pm 
Viper_N_Kiss
Viper_N_Kiss
BkLyN
Age: 42
Posts: 707
Melicious wrote:
_VIPER_ wrote:
amhealy wrote:
_VIPER_ wrote:

The chocolate covered coffee beans though.. Can u actually eat that like that? because ive never heard of that before lol


Are you kidding, Viper? I'm going to have to make fun of you, or something.

Do you have a Starbucks near you? That's where I picked these up. I am a big Starbucks fan. When I used to drive to Texas, I had mapped out all the Starbucks along the way.

Chocolate covered coffee beans are really just small pieces of the roasted bean dipped in chocolate, sort of like a chocolate covered peanut.

I tried posting the picture again and it still was too big.


Im a NewYorican lol... Starbucks is every where here but im really not a coffee drinker and when i do drink it, it's gotta be bustello lol.. Never stepped foot in starbucks lol...



Aaaahhhh.......Dunkin' Donuts! If you are from NY than the coffee shop of choice is there (or has that changed?) I SO MISS THAT PLACE! I love that coffee. Starbucks is over-rated. Some people like it, but I personally don't think their coffee is all that great. Not worth the $5.00 plus bucks you spend on it for a small little cup of double mocha latte skim four sugars capped.......


No it hasn't changed lol... Got dunkin donuts all around and 1 just a few blocks from me lol
Feb 15, 2008 at 8:08 pm 
Chocolate
Chocolate
Edmonton
Age: 28
Posts: 368
anybody got flowers for Valentine's at all?
Feb 16, 2008 at 6:50 pm 
scottmacd37
scottmacd37
Halifax
Age: 49
Posts: 118
Well I was able to call back to Edmonton and I got my wife a dozen roses, with a big balloon that says "I love you" and a teddy bear and chocolates. And i had them delivered to where she works.
And if you have been to my profile and seen her pic you will see why I want her to be happy.
Feb 16, 2008 at 8:59 pm 
Viper_N_Kiss
Viper_N_Kiss
BkLyN
Age: 42
Posts: 707
Im glad it worked out well for ya man
Feb 17, 2008 at 7:36 am 
Melicious
Melicious
Los Angeles
Age: 41
Posts: 1731
scottmacd37 wrote:
Well I was able to call back to Edmonton and I got my wife a dozen roses, with a big balloon that says "I love you" and a teddy bear and chocolates. And i had them delivered to where she works.
And if you have been to my profile and seen her pic you will see why I want her to be happy.


Awwwww! That's great! I'm glad it worked out
Feb 17, 2008 at 9:57 am 
scottmacd37
scottmacd37
Halifax
Age: 49
Posts: 118
Well she really liked them and said they made her feel special. Which she is.
Feb 17, 2008 at 11:00 am 
Viper_N_Kiss
Viper_N_Kiss
BkLyN
Age: 42
Posts: 707
scottmacd37 wrote:
Well she really liked them and said they made her feel special. Which she is.


Thats all that really matters man... Makin the wife feel as special as she can be..
Feb 17, 2008 at 12:26 pm 
Chocolate
Chocolate
Edmonton
Age: 28
Posts: 368
Did the flowers get delivered at appointed time and in accurate set up? How much did you end up paying for it? And lastly, share which place you've used so we know here in Edmonton which company gets their schedule organized so they process their orders accurately and in specified time.
Feb 17, 2008 at 1:34 pm 
scottmacd37
scottmacd37
Halifax
Age: 49
Posts: 118
Well since they knew they were going to a busness (sp) they said that the flowers would be there befor 1 PM. And they were.

As for the place...I will have to get back to you cause I forget at the moment.
Final price, with delivery....$150.00. I know thats a lot, but this tour has cost me way more than money with my wife.
Military wives have the hardest job of all.
Feb 17, 2008 at 6:08 pm 
vulkanis
vulkanis
Mississauga, ON
Age: 32
Posts: 155
I'm not a big fan of flowers or valentines day...or most holidays in general.
Flowers just don't seem very creative to me. I'd want to do something different just cause I hate being just like everyone else. But I DO cave in sometimes because flowers are so obvious and accesible.

As to valentines day... I like being spontaneous. I don't need set holidays as an excuse to show that I love my woman. Doing something out of the blue and surprising her is far more fun and gratifying than being expected to do something on a specific day.

Though, I have to admit being a little hypocritical. I got all the ladies at work a single rose and brought a big box of chocolates for them to share on thursday.
Feb 17, 2008 at 10:02 pm 
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