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Re: Re: Garden Watchdog

I didn't mean that people ONLY write negative comments, but that bad
feelings would more readily incline them to write. This is a simple rule of
thumb in the marketing world.

Check Hirt's Greenhouse - 17pos - 5 neutral - 16neg
What would you think of that?
I gave them a try and I'm very glad I did.
None of GWD's Top 20 carry Rock Rose plants.  Sometimes you have to take a

Take Greer Gardens - 12pos - 2 neutral- 1 neg
What would you think of that?
I have a friend who has been going round and round with them in a nightmare
of problems.  Myself, I have had mostly excellent quality from them, but a
few CS problems that if you know how to work with them you can get the
problems sorted out.

OK, OK, I agree with GWD's X on Michigan Bulb - 354 negatives
And.....Ta-da!!!  Munchkin Nursery:  13 pos - 0 neutral - 0 negative

I agree with you about some of the negs from newbies.  One needs to read
these comments and judge the source.  But I'd be more inclined to rely on
personal references (like folks on CHAT) than on the words of strangers at


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Daryl" <pulis@mindspring.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, November 30, 2003 1:24 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Re: Garden Watchdog

> Kitty,
> I first thought that most people would only write negatives, too. However,
> when I look through and read the number of positive comments on companies,
> even when there is only one comment listed, I have to disagree with your
> premise.
> And some people that write negatives are obviously newbies to mail order,
> and don't understand the differences among liners, bare-root, and the
> plants they purchase at nurseries. Others don't understand pricing on some
> rare or difficult-to-propagate plants.
> But when people write over and over that calls are not returned, or orders
> not shipped, or incorrect plants are sent, I pay attention. And then
> the list of the top 20 companies...
> The comments tell the tale, I think.
> Daryl
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Sunday, November 30, 2003 12:27 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Re: Garden Watchdog and TyTy Nursery's terrible
> reputation
> > I've heard similar about Ty-Ty, but main reason I'd not buy from them is
> > price.
> >
> > However, as far as garden watchdog (GWD) goes...
> > Remember that people will more readily enter negative comments than
> ordinary
> > positive ones.  When you are reasonably happy with a purchase, you go on
> > your merry way and possibly buy again next year.  When you have a
> > you're more likely to speak up.  And many comments on GWD are very
> > one-sided.  Fortunately, they give the company a little space for
> rebuttal.
> >
> > I wanted to try purchasing from a greenhouse in Ohio and checked GWD.
> > many negative comments!  However, some of their rebuttals made sense, so
> > gave it a try.  I ordered Monday am online.  They called me that
> > to verify my shipping address (because PayPal had created some
> > and I received my order Tuesday.  The plants were beautiful and
> well-sized.
> > Because of GWD I called the nursery owner and complimented him directly
> and
> > went to GWD to place positive feedback.  But most people with good to
> normal
> > results don't bother.
> >
> > Kitty
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