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Yo Percy's

What gives you the confidence to buy from a certain seedbank or seed shop?

Could it be:-

  • Prices (Lowest prices, Discount codes)
  • Shipping (Free shipping, Speed)
  • Discreteness (Bank statements, Packaging)
  • Loyalty (You've only ever used a specific seedbank / have a good raport with them)
  • Customer Service (Quick to respond, Friendly, Able to sort issues quickly)
  • Promotions (Free seed offers, Specific promotions on specific dates - do you wait for a certain time of year to order seeds because of promotions?)
  • Choice of Product (Specific breeders, Exclusive seeds, Larger choices)
  • Reward Systems (Points that you can accumulate on an account for discounts and extra gifts)
  • Location (Local seedbanks)
  • Website Navigation (Clear and easy to navigate website)

We'd be really keen to know, although we've been in the game for 25+ years there's always room for improvement!

Have a lifted weekend  :weed:

 

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Posted : September 25, 2020 4:39 pm
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You pretty much hit everything on the head there in your post lol. 

Number one for me is discretion. Cant have the wrong people finding out. Even if it is accidently opened by a neighbour, it should be hard to tell its from a seed bank. Like sealed DVD case and things like that. Just incase. 

Prices aint so bad as long as the genetics ar good. So I suppose the quality of genetics comes next. 

People have issues paying by bank sometimes, and that a problem for some, so different methods of payment is always a good idea, from crypto, to online bank, to cash in the post. 


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Posted : September 25, 2020 4:48 pm
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Don't care about the price, if i was to run a business selling online it would accept a popular gift card you can buy in the shops like argos, b&q etc 

you would use the card to buy seeds online with a code and deliver to a address with a fake name or pickup point and ask for a security code 

your site could have a sign up option but no real person details 

for me security is everything

 
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Posted by: @jacks_farm

for me security is everything

A huge factor for most growers, and must not be over looked by any seed bank. So important 


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Posted : September 25, 2020 5:00 pm
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Posted by: @macky

You pretty much hit everything on the head there in your post lol. 

Number one for me is discretion. Cant have the wrong people finding out. Even if it is accidently opened by a neighbour, it should be hard to tell its from a seed bank. Like sealed DVD case and things like that. Just incase. 

Prices aint so bad as long as the genetics ar good. So I suppose the quality of genetics comes next. 

People have issues paying by bank sometimes, and that a problem for some, so different methods of payment is always a good idea, from crypto, to online bank, to cash in the post. 

Good to hear Smile

I agree, security should be the number 1 deciding factor. It's a really important one for sure. We always package very discrete and don't even leave a return address on the envelope, just a plain brown envelope with the customer's address & name. At the moment Royal Mail (and couriers in our experience) aren't even bothering leaving packages with customers but that will change once Covid dies down I'm sure. I think if a customer is clear with a seedbank it should be fine - i.e. if a customer didn't want their package left with a neighbour and they wrote it in the comments section we'd ensure it wouldn't get left there!

100% agree with the payment methods too. Card payment processors are notoriously difficult to keep hold of in this industry, banks absolutely hate cannabis seeds (lol) which is why a lot of seedbanks can't take cards. We've got a processor thankfully, but it took a lot of digging and disappointment to get! Working very smoothly which is great.

 

Appreciate it Macky mate Smile

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Posted by: @jacks_farm

Don't care about the price, if i was to run a business selling online it would accept a popular gift card you can buy in the shops like argos, b&q etc 

you would use the card to buy seeds online with a code and deliver to a address with a fake name or pickup point and ask for a security code 

your site could have a sign up option but no real person details 

for me security is everything

Security is everything for sure!

There are some issues without using actual real personal details and one is its really hard to detect a fraudulent customer / scammer (and unfortunately there's actually a lot of those).

I'd recommend looking into bitcoin! It's even more discrete than the gift cards you mentioned. Paying by bitcoin and collecting from store is a pretty solid idea.

Cheers Jack appreciate your answer!

 

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Posted : September 28, 2020 4:08 pm
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Posted by: @jacks_farm

Don't care about the price, if i was to run a business selling online it would accept a popular gift card you can buy in the shops like argos, b&q etc 

you would use the card to buy seeds online with a code and deliver to a address with a fake name or pickup point and ask for a security code 

your site could have a sign up option but no real person details 

for me security is everything

Security is everything for sure!

There are some issues without using actual real personal details and one is its really hard to detect a fraudulent customer / scammer (and unfortunately there's actually a lot of those).

I'd recommend looking into bitcoin! It's even more discrete than the gift cards you mentioned. Paying by bitcoin and collecting from store is a pretty solid idea.

Cheers Jack appreciate your answer!

 

I agree it's hard to detect a fraudulent customer / scammer (and unfortunately there's actually a lot of those).

say I get a caught buy the police and they find you website on my computer and I say it's my first grow.

could they request a copy of every item I have brought from you ? 

and when I opened the acount ?

to give them a good idea of how long I have been growing and how many plants I have grown ( seeds) 

 

 

 
Posted : September 28, 2020 5:11 pm
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Don't care about the price, if i was to run a business selling online it would accept a popular gift card you can buy in the shops like argos, b&q etc 

you would use the card to buy seeds online with a code and deliver to a address with a fake name or pickup point and ask for a security code 

your site could have a sign up option but no real person details 

for me security is everything

Security is everything for sure!

There are some issues without using actual real personal details and one is its really hard to detect a fraudulent customer / scammer (and unfortunately there's actually a lot of those).

I'd recommend looking into bitcoin! It's even more discrete than the gift cards you mentioned. Paying by bitcoin and collecting from store is a pretty solid idea.

Cheers Jack appreciate your answer!

 

I agree it's hard to detect a fraudulent customer / scammer (and unfortunately there's actually a lot of those).

say I get a caught buy the police and they find you website on my computer and I say it's my first grow.

could they request a copy of every item I have brought from you ? 

and when I opened the acount ?

to give them a good idea of how long I have been growing and how many plants I have grown ( seeds) 

 

 

Yup, if people can get away with it they will, we have to be super vigilant. paypal and any non-direct card payment are easy to wangle.

Not something that has ever happened here in 25 years of trading but I will get you an answer to this Jack once the boss man is back in the office!

All the best mate,

 

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Posted : September 29, 2020 3:00 pm
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That's good to know, 

on another note, I have been thinking about a new product for a grow room/tent and feel it could really benfit a lot of grower's ( very cheap to build)

is this something you could be interested in if I can design it, build it and show you a working model ?

 
Posted : September 29, 2020 3:22 pm

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