See an ad for really cheap chocolate covered strawberries?
Nationwide radio host pushing a special sale on chocolate covered strawberries?
Don't bet on it. Here is the truth behind those discount strawberries.
(please share and let the world know what is really going on)
Why?First: They don't always dip in real Milk, White or Dark (semi-sweet) chocolate, the fake stuff is a whole lot cheaper than real chocolate.
Second: They don't use the same grade of fruit. From the customer complaints on their Facebook page: the customers are not getting the pretty fruit in the pictures, instead they are getting tiny, leafless, machine dipped lumps. It's a lot cheaper than the hand dipped premium fruit advertised. To see many sample pictures Click Here
Third: Their ousted founder has said they are now being dipped days ahead of time and shipped with two day delivery service, that is not what anyone would call fresh.
Fourth: Surcharges, special charges for Holidays, more surcharges if it has to ship today, more surcharges per order, and no total or shipping until after you have entered your credit card.
Fifth: Credit card security, two major class action lawsuits by former customers who said they were unknowingly signed up for monthly charges from a third party under the guise of fake "Free shipping" (major hint: why would FedEx or UPS ship something for free?)
Sixth: Ethics, they actually got caught running fraudulent ads saying other companies were sold out for Valentines Day.
Seventh: Even with the central companies name, they sell under many changing names, all of the best know names involved were bought by the aprent company of FTD™ in December of 2014. They advertise on TV, in mailers, and with paid radio hosts. If you do a search on the web a good number of the "companies" listed are really different arms of the same group. See a Shopping TV channel selling them? Chances are it's the same people.
Eighth: Fresh flowers? Their new owners had previously sued them for false advertising and it came to light that the orders that were not filled with flowers that had spent multiple days in trucks were actually being filled by the same local florists they were claiming to be fresher than. No flower that has spent days on a truck is fresh.
Ninth: Customer complaints on their Facebook pages have shown that they have outsourced their call centers to other countries, some of their customers are saying it's in the Philippines, others in India. Either way there were many reports of customers not being able to understand the phone service reps or having "no clue".
Some of their names: Shari's Berries™(berries.com™), ProFlowers™, Cherry Moon Farms™, Silver Spoon Sweets™.... ... all now owned by the same people that own FTD™. It's really sad to see when someone figures out that one arm of the conglomerate lied to them and that customer then says they will order from another arm of the same company.
- Like the other ones that are not using real chocolate?
- The one sending money to or
- the one whose parent company is really in .
- The one who donated to a charity organizations with ties to terrorist organizations?
- The Muslim owner who retroactively changed the franchise rules to give Muslim store owners Friday off but Christians could not take Sunday off.
The names of the various companies (and their web sites) are the trademarks and intellectual property of the various companies.