In today's culture, we can do all sorts of things to online that make our lives easier, more convenient and to save time, including such things a sending flowers online! These days many people send flowers online, in fact it is a pretty huge business.
If you are planning to send flowers online and are looking for the ideal web site to send flowers with, there are a few things that you should look into to ensure that you are easily able to find what you are looking for, have a secure checkout and actually have your recipient receive the flowers.
Web sites that allow you to sort through the listings of their flower bouquets available to order will help make finding what you are looking for much easier. Being able to sort or filter their available flowers by colors, by price, by what flowers are in season etc. Of course, many of the common flowers are always available year round. Many quality web sites will offer 'quick links' or other easy to find links on their home page to help get you do what you are looking for more quickly. Things such as a dozen red roses for instance might be something that should be easily accessible from the home page.
Something to be very serious about when purchasing anything online, not just flowers, is security. Always make sure the site has https:// instead of typical http:// at the beginning of the URL. Also, always look for a little lock on the bottom right hand corner of the browser window. This means that the web site that you are making the purchase on is using the standard 128-bit encryption over a SSL (secure socket layer). This is the standard for online credit card purchases on the web today.
Should you run into an issue where the flowers were not delivered and you are unable to contact the people at the web site where you made the purchase, don't panic. All reputable credit card processing companies require a physical address of the place of business. Most credit card merchants also require the web site to have on their site certain contact information such as a telephone number and actual street address. In a worst case scenario, you can always contact your credit card company and have them look up the transaction for you and find out the company information for you. This is not a very common occurrence, but it is always better to be aware about what your options are in case there is a problem.
Some sites also offer free shipping on purchases over a certain amount. Sometimes it can actually be more cost effective to just purchase a larger arrangement to save on the free shipping. That way the recipient actually gets more flowers! Otherwise, be sure to take the shipping price into consideration when sending the flowers.
Need same day delivery? Always make sure the web site you purchasing your flowers on is able to make the delivery on the day that you need them. Some places can do same day delivery and others might take a day to make the arrangement and deliver them. Often times you have to have your order in by a certain time qualify for same day delivery. Many sites also offer a calendar for you to select the exact date of delivery if you are planning ahead.
If you are looking to send some flowers internationally, many sites offer that service too, but not every site. Sometimes I might be more difficult to do same day delivery though, due to time-zone differences and such.
A word of warning, always have an understanding that not all flowers that you requested to have in your bouquet or arrangement are available. It is nearly impossible for an online flower store to have a completely up to date inventory on all the available flowers. But do not fret, as florists will still be able to put together a beautiful arrangement for the same price as you have already paid for on the web site.