Flowers in Norway are expensive… but only for Norwegians!
After seeing TV2 hjelper deg (TV2 helps you, a popular consumer program) doing a comparison on the prices and quality of online flower stores here in Norway, I decided to do a little experiment and compare some prices as well.
I decided to stick to the TV2 test winner, Euroflorist, and compare www.euroflorist.no, www.euroflorist.se & www.euroflorist.nl. All sites are basically identical, just in different languages. They all advertise on their front page for something called the ‘Ultimate love collection’, probably because Valentine’s day is coming up.
This gives me the following prices:
|Red Tulips - Large||shipping||total||total in NOK|
|Euroflorist.NO||NOK 600||NOK 120||NOK 720||NOK 720|
|Euroflorist.SE||SEK 495||SEK 165||SEK 660||NOK 529|
|Euroflorist.NL||€ 29,95||€ 17,75||€ 47,70||NOK 391|
Quite a price difference! Ordering via www.euroflorist.se saves about NOK 200, and ordering via www.euroflorist.nl gives you almost half the price of ordering via the Norwegian site!
Since all sites also give the option to display the contents in English, it should be relatively easy for a Norwegian to order flowers via the Dutch site. Even if English would be a problem, they can use the Swedish site instead. The average Norwegian knows enough Swedish to navigate through that site.
However, what I would do instead, is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask them what the [bleep] is going on here…
(And before someone suggests that flowers ordered at www.euroflorist.nl are actually shipped all the way from the Netherlands… I do not think so! 😎 )
It is common knowledge that flowers are expensive here in Norway. But my math just revealed the real truth: Flowers are not expensive here in Norway per se… Flowers are expensive for Norwegians!
(yes, there is a difference here…)
So I hereby call out to all Norwegians: Complain! Boycott the Norwegian online flower stores! Do something…!
Don’t put up with these outrageous prices you’re being charged, simply and only because you’re Norwegian, and not Swedish or Dutch! 😉