Our world is now getting more digital every minute. These days, everything can be bought online. You order your food online. You get your clothes from online stores. You even purchase items you need for your hobby from different sellers online. Of course, there are also cannabis seeds for sale online.
However, the downside to this is that it also tends to attract unwanted elements. Like any kind of industry, there are also online scammers in the cannabis market. You might have thought that you were getting high-quality seeds from a seller but all you got for your money were duds or, in the worst case scenario, nothing at all. In such cases, it pays to be vigilant.
To know how to avoid scammers when purchasing cannabis seeds online, you may want to follow our tips.
What to avoid:
- Buds and offers that look too good to be true
While there are a lot of cannabis plants that really look visually appealing, the truth of the matter is that not all marijuana can look too good even in pictures. If the buds in the pictures look too appealing or too good to be true, then there is a logical conclusion that they might actually turn out to be fake or even non-existent.
Also, if the store offers marijuana for a price or a package that seems too cheap or affordable, then there is also a high risk that it might not be true at all. There might be some few stores here and there that sell marijuana buds at low prices but not all of them make offers that seem unbelievably low. It is best to avoid anything that may arouse your suspicion especially when it comes to quality and price.
- Rare seeds sold cheap
There is a reason why the seeds of certain strains are rare in the first place. There are strains that really are so difficult to find wherever you go because of how it can be pretty challenging to grow them. Scarcity can also be a reason as you might only find them in select regions all over the world and in the hands of very few breeders and seed banks. In that case, there is no way you can believe that these rare seeds are sold cheap.
Like any other product or item in the world, the harder the seed is to get, the more expensive it is. That is basic economics. Those who have the monopoly of the supply of a certain rare seed will most likely sell it at a higher price. There is even a strain that is being sold for $800 an ounce because of how rare it is.
- Bulk is not always the best
Buying in bulk has its benefits. You can get low prices and great offers whenever you purchase a large number of seeds from online sellers. But the sad part is that scammers will also use bulk selling as a means of cheating you out. Some of these sellers might be selling seeds in bulk at prices that are comparable to reputable online stores but what you get might not even be cannabis seeds in the first place. That said, if you want to purchase in bulk, make sure that you do so from reputable sellers.
Things to do before buying seeds online:
- Check the stores’ reputation
Nowadays, everything is online. You can discuss with different people that have the same tastes and hobbies as you do in online forums. You can even check whether a store is reputable or not by asking people online. Go to your favorite online cannabis forum and ask the regulars there if a certain seed seller online is legitimate. While some of the online users might turn out to be fake accounts, there will still be those who are vigilant enough to tell you to avoid a certain online seller.
- Read the reviews
By reviews, we don’t mean the ones you see on the seller’s website because those can easily be fabricated to fool you. What we mean to say is that you should read reviews that third-party websites write about certain online marijuana sellers. You can easily find those sites with one simple search. There are also a lot of blogs you can use as a resource to tell whether a seller is fake or not.
- Try talking to a representative from the site
Real online sellers have a legitimate organizational structure. In that sense, they should have representatives that are willing to assist you with your needs. Try chatting these representatives up. But if you really want to dispel any doubts in you, call them. You can really tell how professional they are after hearing them talking about their product. If you are uncomfortable from what you heard from the representative, there is a chance that the seller is just trying to sweet talk you into a scam.
- Move on
Moving on is one of the hardest things to do in life especially if you found something (or someone) that seems too good. But, if what you found was too good to be true, then there is a really good chance that it isn’t true at all. That’s the same way with marijuana sellers online. If the seller simply looks too good that it arouses your suspicion, then move on. Try looking for another seller that sells high-quality marijuana but does not look too good enough to be true.
- Be diligent enough to trust your instincts
There are times that all you need to do is to trust your instincts. The moment you see a seller and everything about the website is telling you that it is simply a scam, don’t bother trying to search whether it is legitimate or not. Simply ignore it instead and go for the reputable sellers. You might not understand it but your gut is almost always right especially if you have enough experience to know if someone is just scamming you.