Well, this photos is quite alarming isn't it. The roses on the right were delivered by a local florist. The one on the left, however was shipped in a box. Below is the wording posted, along with this photo, on the Facebook Page of my floral wholesaler.
And I quote them:
"TowersFlowers vs "Online Flowers" - this is a picture everyone should post on their personal pages so friends and family can understand why they need to purchase flowers from a retail shop this Valentine's Day.
The "arrangement" on the left, purchased from a well known online order gatherer, ended up costing $82.95...$28 UPS charge, $10 "long stem" upgrade, and $4.99 vase upgrade.
Don't let your customers, friends, and family be disappointed this Valentine's Day…they deserve better!"
Obviously, someone who works there did a test order. One from a local florist who hand delivered the roses on the right and the second one from a well known online website who ships unarranged flowers via a shipping company. As always, you don't always get what you pay for and all those extras sure do add up. My overall message is Buyer Beware.