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One final word, Teleflora is not a franchise. Teleflora and all other wire service companies take advantage of your hometown florist. Florists allow these companies to profit from them without any return benefits. Nothing. I was told "owning a wire services is like having a license to steal."
These companies and there is a ton of them out there, take the order, take your money and them forward the order to a local florist. In return the actual florist who makes and delivers the arrangement, see only 50% of the total amount of money collected. (Plus your monthly fees)
How is this possible? Greed and stupidity on the part of the florist.
If one florist turns down the order theirs always another that will accept the order. One simple solution, stop filling orders unless they come directly from another florist.
Customer that want to send out of town flowers, have them a local florist in that town. (The greed of the local florist knows they will get 20% of the order, and the stupidity not realizing how much they lose in the long run and it would all work out in the wash after a few months.)
Simple, end of wire services. Our profits would increase over night and our overhead would decrease. But they say you would never get each and every florist to agree to stop taking orders other then other local shops.
Then you have Teleflora who has spun this web (excuse the pun) that tries to lock you into their membership for life, while they profit and you go broke. Big deal they have a Super bowl commercial. That's it; they do nothing that you could not do yourself. Open up your local phone book, see all those whole page ads, do you think their local shops in your home town?
Have you ever order something from them, they make believe that their service fee is the delivery fee, it's not. If you pay a total of $100 bottom line.
$15 dollar stays with the company directly. $85 is sent to the actual florist. (You hope) With that $85, you have to deduct the delivery fee, say $10. Now $75. Then the sending shop( which is Teleflora if you use their actual web site) gets to keep 20% (of the $85) now the receiving florist has $58 dollars, oh wait the wire service company keeps 10%, now your down to $49 dollars.
1/2 of what you spent is actually going to be sent in flowers, by using a wire service.
Call directly, the entire $100 less delivery, say $10.....$90 would be sent in flowers.
What about the tax, who knows where that goes, they keep the tax money also. Order flowers to be sent across town, you pay a state tax, but your state will not collect that money.