8 on Your Side: Tips on buying Mother's Day flowers

LAS VEGAS - Before you buy flowers for Mother's Day, do your homework. Some online florists are accused of delivering poor arrangements. 8 on Your Side received dozens of complaints Valentine's Day from people who said they ordered floral arrangements, but never got what they paid for.

"I had the flowers delivered to Boulder City to a nursing home to my mom, and they died within twenty four hours," one caller said. The caller bought the flowers from AvasFlowers. The website boasts great prices and fast delivery, but the company delivered dead flowers.

If you plan to buy flowers for Mother's Day, you can take steps to protect yourself from being ripped off.

First, buy from a local flower shop whenever you can. Local florists will likely give you a better deal.

The Better Business Bureau found online florists will sell arrangements for one price, but have local florists deliver the flowers at half the price, ensuring the website turns a profit. Buying from a local shop cuts out the middle man.

Second, ask for a picture of the arrangement before it is sent. That way, if you don't like it, you can change it.

Finally, do your research. Look up the company's Better Business Bureau rating and online reviews before placing an order.

Don't wait until the last minute to order flowers. Mother's Day is May 11. If you want flowers for your mom, order soon.  Last minute orders are more likely to be rushed, and quality could suffer.

If you have a problem you want investigated, contact 8 on Your Side at 702-650-1907.

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