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1/31/05-Tyler

7 On Your Side: Online Roses

They say a way to a man's heart is through his stomach.

For many women? It's roses!

I had the tough task of buying one dozen roses from five of the leading on-line websites, without exceeding 35 dollars for each bouquet. Our first stop, 1800flowers.com. I quickly spotted a good deal: Buy a dozen roses and get 6 free. Next, Ftd.com. We found a dozen roses for the same price, but you have to buy the vase for an extra 9 bucks! At hallmark.com, the vibrant roses we bought caught our eye because it was on sale. And at proflowers.com we bought three dozen roses for the price of one. Finally there's teleflora.com. Immediately there was a red flag. There wasn't a price listed for the bouquets advertised on their homepage so we had a feeling these bouquets are going to be more expensive and we were right! We couldn't find rose bouquets for under $35 dollars. But they clearly state a florist will deliver it for a price of $84.95 plus a service fee... ouch! Tyler florist Marilyn Brosang says, "Going online usually you order from a picture, and so therefore you're assuming that what you're ordering is going to look like that picture."

We put that concept to the test. Only the teleflora.com bouquet arrived in a gorgeous arrangement. The other four bouquets were shipped in a box!

We gathered the ladies in the newsroom to help put the arrangements together. After 20 minutes of ripping off tissue paper and plastic we were disappointed to find flimsy roses, one rose was broken leaving one arrangement with only 11 roses. One bouquet didn't come with a vase. And the leaves and greenery in another was bent and mangled from being packed in a box.

In the end, our least expensive bouquet looked nothing like the picture advertised on the web. Our buy a dozen, get 6 free came pretty close to its picture on the web but it didn't come with a vase... and did we say it came in a box? At $45 dollars maybe your special someone won't notice there's only 11 roses, since a rose broke at the stem during its trip. Then there's the bouquet that needed the $9 dollar vase to complete the arrangement. The final presentation did not look like a $54 dollar arrangement. And finally, the florist-delivered arrangement actually looks better in person. But it's not in the clear either, it arrived a day early!

Christine Nelson reporting. cnelson@kltv.com

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