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Old 03-28-2009, 02:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hello,

I recently purchased some plants from CFF and it has been a couple of weeks so I did an online search and found some pretty disturbing reviews and am a little worried now. I sent an email and called and left a message, so far nothing.

Has anyone had positive experiences with this company?

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Old 03-28-2009, 03:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Results 1 - 10 of about 45,300 for dave's garden central florida farms. (0.24 seconds)
Search ResultsThe scoop on 'Central Florida Farms'Central Florida Farms has 34 reviews (24 negative, 5 positive and 5 neutral) at the Garden Watchdog.
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Old 03-28-2009, 05:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Ya that's the link I saw, not good. Thanks.

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Old 03-29-2009, 01:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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One Red flag is they don't give their location. For a company in business, that is not good! Until I saw posts on this website I had never heard of them. I have lived in Florida for almost 5 decades.
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I think I saw that daves garden post as well and remembered someon saying they stalled him until it was too late to report to paypal. They are also advertising FHIA 23 as gros michel which hits a sore spot with me.
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Old 03-29-2009, 07:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
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Thanks Bob. I still have not heard back from them. If I don't hear back by tomorrow I'll go ahead and contest it and call it a learning experience. The stuff I received from banana tree.com was right on time and in great shape. They just did not have the ensete Maurelli and CFF was the only one that did, I should have seen the writing on the wall.

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Ah, ha-ha, haa, ahhh, memories.

I got all of my bananas from Central Florida Farms (CFF) I guess 2 years ago. My experience was like everyone else's--I ordered, Paypal was hit, then nothing for weeks. E-mails bounce. No phone numbers. Then I Googled, and saw the horror show, and thought, "AAAGGGHHH! Shoulda Googled FIRST!"

I forget how, but I figured out how to get the phone number of the place. I called and spoke to the guy's wife, she was very apologetic, said the order would go out ASAP, and sure enough it showed up a few days later, with two extra banana plants as a courtesy for my inconvenience. They were in great condition, very nicely wrapped, and were sent FedEx overnight. It appears I WAS LUCKY. I will add however that the "Ladyfinger" I ordered turned out to be a praying hands. Can't really complain, though.

I am one of the posters on that review site (Oblofusc/Ted Avellone).

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Old 03-30-2009, 10:44 AM   #8 (permalink)
 
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Man these guys are still taking peoples money? WTF I had a problem with them a year or two ago as well. really sucks because you would THINK plant people are honest folks, guess not. They burned me bad enough to report them to the State Attorneys office, and every other agency i could find. If anyone does get anything from them PLEASE post their address online so if other members get ripped off they can go and kick their butt in person.

And for others searching the internet ............

Warning, Avoid Central Florida Farms CFF they are crooks!! They will only deliver the products if you raise hell with them!! They are not a legit business!!!
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Old 03-30-2009, 11:54 AM   #9 (permalink)
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In case this helps, their domain registration information shows the following information:

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central florida farms
1528 west state rd 40
astor, FL 32102
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Domain name: CENTRALFLORIDAFARMS.COM


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astor, FL 32102
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Also, if you file a dispute with PayPal they will have their account frozen until the matter is resolved. That's a quick way to get action.

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Good looking out on this, I was gonna start looking around for pup sources.......guess I can cross this one of the list permanently.

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Good for you Harvey!
Nick/Bob, I hope you contact paypal so they can freeze the account.
I found them on map --strait west of Daytona & just south of Lake George. Anyone live near there???
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Old 03-31-2009, 05:32 PM   #12 (permalink)
 
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I finally got a response and they are refunding my money. I was very surprised when Angel not only refunded my money but said that she was still shipping the stuff I ordered. I am very thankful it's just to bad that it took so long to get a response. I think it's just a really small operation and they are overwhelmed. I guess I could have been a little more patient but I have had some really bad internet experiences that start out just like this. I'm glad it had a happy ending.


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yeah i here they r not good i never bought nothing from them cause i dont think any banana is worth what they charge the only way i would pay there prices if that plant had fruit hanging from it and about 5 pups below
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Glad things worked out for you, Nick. There are some very reliable and reputable growers/sellers on this board from what I understand. Maybe you should give one of them a try.
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