The internet gives you plenty of options as to where you can buy any of your favorite strain. However, not all of them are legitimate or have the best price on a specific set of seeds you want to cultivate.
You want to make sure that you are buying quality seeds and avoid any questionable sites that will steal your money or identity. To help you out, we list the 10 important factors when looking for trusted marijuana seed banks.
- SSL certificate
When providing important information to a site such as your home address and credit card number, it is important to be on an encrypted connection. The connection will make any info you unreadable to nearly anyone outside of the network. A good indication that you are on a secure site is the HTTPS at the URL of the website. HTTPS sites have an SSL certificate that indicates it has the necessary security protocols to keep your info safe.
- Website address
On the subject of HTTPS, check the seed bank’s URL. You want to make sure that there are no spelling errors on the shop’s website address. Unless it is part of a seed bank’s branding, misspelled addresses is how criminals mislead people. If there is a seed bank with an address of bestmarijuanaseeds for example, hackers will have a site called besmarijuanaseeds. People clicking on the latter site will make them think they are visiting the former’s website.
A seed bank’s reputation can be the difference between quality seeds that will grow into heavy yielding plants and seeds that will not germinate at all. A good way to get a good grasp on the reputation of any company is to look for customer feedback among seed bank databanks, which are sites that lists various sellers of marijuana seeds and strains. Look for databanks that add customer reviews to a seed bank to know the reputation of a company.
Another way of finding reputable companies is to check out cannabis forums or social media groups. They will have members who are regular customers to trusted shops and are willing to steer you to those websites.
- Site presentation
You can often tell how a seed bank treats its customers with how well they design a site. This does not mean that you have to pick a seed bank with a website that has all of the bells and whistles like an animated splash page. What you want to see is a professional looking site that someone with sufficient knowledge in what a retail online shop would look like made it.
A good website design tells you that the seed bank is competent in taking care of its customers. Some of the traits of a good seed bank site include detailed listings of the seeds they sell and a search bar that appears in every part of the site. You are also safe if the site has a live chat button.
- Verified contact information
When going through a seed bank’s website, check their contact information page. It shouts at least have a physical address of their office and a contact number. If the info is available, look up the address that the business use through popular search engine sites. If you come up with several listings for the seed bank or cannabis businesses that match the address, the info is legitimate.
In addition, try to call the number on the listing as well. You will want to have a representative of the company answer you right away. If you did not get a call or someone unprofessional answered the call as if it is a personal number, be wary of the seed bank site.
- Email and pop-up ads
As a rule of thumb, be wary of any unfamiliar online shops that you see in emails or pop-up ads. Cybercriminals tend to use these two mediums to lure people to their website where they can steal your private info or money.
Using a search engine site to find a seed bank can give you a good number of legitimate shops on the first page. Major search engines may steer you clear of suspicious sites if you happen to click on it. Otherwise, databanks or seed bank listings are a safe approach to finding seed banks.
- Payment options
Trusted marijuana seed banks should have a wide variety of payment options. You will want to pick a seller that accepts credit cards or popular e-wallet services. These payment options offer protection that can help you retrieve your money if something goes wrong with your order and the company cannot help you.
Be wary with a seed bank that only takes money transfer payments. Scammers can easily use this to run away with your payment since there are little means of tracking and verifying the seller who will receive the money. Only consider paying for your orders through money transfer if the seed bank is reputable and have existing customers that can vouch for their products.
- Active customer service
Apart from good website design, a seed bank’s customer service can also tell you about how they treat their customers. One of the ways you can reach a support staff from a shop is through a contact form on the site or through an email address. Some sites may have a live support chat on the site.
Send a message to the support staff through the email or chat window and ask them a specific question. This can be about a certain seed that you plan on cultivating or if they have any special promotion on that day. You want to get an authentic response from an actual person instead of an automated response or general answer.
- Return policy
Always consider seed banks that have a return policy. This is a good means of protecting yourself from bad orders or in receiving low-quality seeds. The return policy should be listed in a seed bank’s terms and conditions page or in a dedicated tab at the bottom of the site.
If the site has a refund or return policy, make sure to go through the rules. This will help you ensure that you qualify for the refund if anything is wrong with your order. One example of the policy includes the time limit of how long you can return the seeds. Certain seed banks only allow up to two weeks while others may allow up to one month after delivery.
- Seed pricing
The next important factor to a seed bank is how they price their seeds. Of course, everyone wants to pick a site where the price of seeds are at their lowest. Be wary of companies that are selling a specific type of strain at more than half of the average price for its seeds. You might be buying their old stock of seeds, which are often of poor quality.
Always check other seed banks to get a good grasp on the average pricing for a certain strain that you want to cultivate. This will help you know if a shop’s offer for the seed is too good to be true. You can also determine if you are getting a good deal out of a seed bank as well.
You should have a good idea of what to look for when going through different seed banks. Always take the time to look into a company before making that first purchase.
It is too bad that there are still bad people in the world that are looking to take advantage of others. As Tommy Chong would say “If more people were stoned, there would be less violence in the world.” The, unfortunately, reality though is that we need to stay vigilant to keep safe when buying cannabis seeds online.