Traditional gardeners often buy many of their materials from local resources, stockists, supermarkets and garden centres. As the interest in allotments, home gardening and growing your own is very much on the increase, the internet is breaking tradition and the way we buy items for our gardening needs.
Many of the high street stores are now improving their range of product available, from a huge selection of vegetable and flower seeds to plastic plant pots, carry trays and seed trays. The direct competition to the garden centres is certainly making a difference to the customer, with the customer now getting more for their money, with little, or no difference in the quality of product. But now with the modern world internet stores are challenging the traditional methods and offering a cheaper way to stock the garden shed and greenhouse.
Before you make the annual trip to the local garden centre stop and think about what you need and maybe more importantly how much money do you want to spend. You could save yourself a small fortune without even leaving your house. If you are looking for anything to do with gardening, you will probably be able to find it on the internet and have it delivered directly to your home and in some cases direct to your allotment. The products you buy will be exactly the same as the ones you will find in the garden centre or supermarket but the prices will certainly be different.
A simple search in a search engine will deliver hundreds and hundreds of online stores offering the products you need for your garden. It is likely that the search engine will display the larger online stores on the first page of your results. The prices of the product will be not too dissimilar than your garden centre or local supermarket. The key to finding a garden bargain is don’t be afraid to look beyond the first page of your search engine results, the further you look, the product prices will start to become more of a bargain.
Many gardeners are often put off by online shopping due to the fact that many items for the garden a big, bulky and heavy, meaning that getting their items delivered may prove very costly. This is not always the case. Many online stores set the delivery prices at a standard rate (£4.00 Standard delivery charge). This method is design to encourage potential customers to buy more items to get value for money. In some cases buying only a few items and paying the delivery charge can still work out cheaper than buying at the garden centre or supermarket.
Searching the internet for gardening products can also deliver pleasant surprises. Many garden centres and supermarkets only tend to stock the very basic ranges and varieties in a large quantity of products. With the online world, internet stores are set up in a very different way and tend to concentrate on the depth of their ranges, offering customers a number of options of the products they are looking for and you may find a product that you wouldn’t find in the garden centre or supermarket.