A dozen roses shipped anywhere in the country for $49.99 sounds like an incredible deal – until you read the fine print. That price is for the mixed roses, but what if you prefer all red roses for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day? ProFlowers is happy to honor that request, but that causes the advertised price of $49.99 to jump to $69.99 - and then you can start adding the fees.
What fees? Let’s start with the standard delivery fee, which, according to the ProFlowers website, ranges anywhere from $4.99 to $39.99 and includes an additional charge of anywhere between $4.99 and $9.99 if you want guaranteed delivered on Valentine’s Day itself. Now the cost of a $69.99 box of flowers – delivered - is somewhere between $74.98 and $114.98, but that’s not all.
On top of that, ProFlowers also adds a “standard service charge” to every order. They don’t explain why on their website, but they do note that this particular charge ranges anywhere from $12.99 to $29.99 depending on…well, who knows? Now the cost to have the box delivered is somewhere between $87.97 and $144.97 – and that’s it...expect for the additional $2.99 “care & handling” fee and then sales tax on top of that.
The deal that sounded incredible when it was advertised at $49.99 will cost you – at the very least - $70.96 (before tax) and that’s if you’re lucky and ProFlowers decides to charge you the minimum amount for each fee listed on their website. If you’re not so lucky, or if you prefer all red roses, the cost could easily skyrocket to $147.96
You read that right. $147.96 (before tax) to have a box of red roses and six strawberries shipped directly from a warehouse to your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day. Do you still think your local florist is too expensive?