Are You Thinking Of Purchasing Flowers This Valentine's??



Roses are Red Violets are Blue, This Valentine’s Day Try Something New
                   Don't Purchase Flowers for Valentine's Day!
Opinion Corp Market Research Website, PissedConsumer.com urges you to educate yourself before purchasing flowers for your Valentine

True love blooms eternal, but that red rose you receive will be dead in days. The petals will wilt; its novelty will wear off. Vladimir Nardin, Executive Director of PissedConsumer.com, urges you to educate yourself before purchasing flowers for your Valentine. The facts below will give you pause before ordering those last minute bouquets:

Rarely made in the USA- From Jan. 1 to Feb. 14, 2012, the United States Customs and Border Protection agency processed approximately 842 million cut flower stems grown abroad. Sixty-seven percent came from Colombia and 23 percent came from Ecuador. Its country of origin isn’t stamped on each petal, but a Valentine’s flower is like a garden-variety cell phone or designer shoe: Rarely made in the USA.

Cheap Labor- In 2003, the International Labor Rights Forum launched the “Fairness in Flowers campaign” in response to the substandard working conditions in South America. There, ILRF reports a litany of labor issues. The right to organize is routinely denied. Sexual harassment and forced pregnancy tests are part of the “office culture.”

 Pesticides-Toxic pesticides and fungicides cause health problems – particularly in Ecuador, where an estimated 20 percent of the flower workers are children. Problems like Ecuadorian pesticides, out of sight as they are, won’t occur to most of us when buying flowers.

 Rampant Outsourcing- Outsourcing can pose more practical problems, however: hidden fees, customer service issues, and delivery delays

 No Quality Control- Another recurring thorn in customers’ sides was a lack of quality control. Wilted or dead flowers, sloppy arrangements, and flowers that look nothing like their advertised picture were among the variety of complaints.

Times have changed, but at least one rule for choosing a Valentine’s bouquet hasn’t changed a bit since elementary school: Do your homework first. 

PissedConsumer.com is a premier consumer advocacy group, featuring consumer reviews and complaints in a social networking environment. The company uses online tools to publicize reviews and complaints filed by consumers on the Internet. In addition, the site offers a set of free tools necessary to bring the dispute to a fast and successful resolution, including a consumer complaint letter generator and collection of consumer tips and advice in the site’s consumer advocacy section

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