You can easily find any seed bank that sells feminized cannabis seeds online. However, you run the risk of receiving low-quality seeds that will not germinate or encounter a scammer who might just take your money.
Fortunately, you have several ways of protecting yourself from questionable sellers as well as find a good deal for specific strains. Here are 10 smart tricks to use when buying marijuana seeds online.
1.) Check digital archive screenshots of seed banks
You want to make sure that you are buying from an online seed bank that has been serving marijuana breeders for a long time. One way of checking on the age of an online cannabis dealer is to use a digital archive site that captures a screenshot of websites through specific periods of time. By looking at what the site looked like one to three years ago, you can determine if they are still the same company selling feminized marijuana seeds or was an electronic store before.
2.) Search the strain through cannabis databases
If you have a specific feminized seed that you want to grow, it is a good idea to do a search for that seed instead of going through different seedbanks to find it. We highly suggest you use marijuana strain database sites to do your search for the seed you want. These sites give you a list of seed bank sellers that may have the seeds you are looking for. Database sites can also give you useful information on your strain.
3.) Buy a few seeds on first order
You want to make sure that the seed bank you are buying from can be trusted. You may come across a cannabis seed seller that has all of the signs of a legit dealer, but you are not sure if they can get you quality seeds. Instead of taking a leap of faith and risking so much money on your first order, go for the minimum number of seeds you can buy first. This will help you minimize the risk until the seed bank establishes their trust in you.
4.) Check the address bar
When buying feminized marijuana seeds online, you want to make sure that you are visiting the original store. Upon visiting any seed bank site, always keep a close eye on the address bar. It should have HTTPS instead of just HTTP. HTTPS shows that you are on a secured connection to the site and any information you place such as your credit card number goes through an encrypted line. This makes it harder for anyone outside of the connection to see the info that you are placing on the site.
At the same time, check the address bar for spelling errors. These errors often mean that the site is a copy of an official one.
5.) Use seed bank database sites
You can get rid of the guessing game when searching for a seed bank that can deliver feminized cannabis seeds to your place with database sites. These sites list different seed banks and dispensaries that are available in your area as well as online shops. You can make sure that you are buying from a legitimate seller through these database sites because it will often include customer feedback.
Another interesting thing to note about some of the database sites is how they will also provide you with a list of what a seed bank or dispensary is selling. This can make it easy for you to know if a site is worth visiting or not.
6.) Consider buying in bulk
Many seed banks provide large discounts on orders for 100 seeds or more. These orders are wholesale purchases as well. Bulk orders can be a large investment, but you save in the long run if you intend to keep growing a specific type of strain. Seeds can also last for up to 10 years if you properly store them.
Before buying large batches of seeds from any seed bank, always buy the minimum amount on your first order. Large purchases are no joke and you want to trust a seed bank first before handing them your money.
7.) Take advantage of loyalty programs
Loyalty or reward programs involve giving you points for each of your purchases. You can exchange these points for credits or discounts on your next order. These programs are a great way to make the most out of your bulk orders from any seed bank. On the same note, always check the policy on a seed bank’s loyalty points. You want to pick a seed bank that lets you keep your points for a lifetime and does not allow it to expire.
8.) Check for returns and refunds policy
You want to make sure that you have some form of protection on your orders. This is where a seed bank’s return policy becomes useful. Should you see any tear or damages on the packaging of your orders, you can call the company to have them send another set of your seeds. Seed banks have a different time limit as to when you can call in for a return on damaged orders. Some may only allow up to one week from the time you made the order. Other seed banks are lenient enough to allow up to two weeks.
Take note that returns or refunds only apply to any damages on your seeds while carriers are delivering it to your home. This does not apply to seeds that will not germinate or turn into male plants.
9.) Look for payment method discounts
Cryptocurrency is a rising trend among seed bank sites because of how fast the payment process is. Besides, both you and the company rarely have to pay a large fee to complete the payment. Credit cards, debit cards, and most e-payment methods often have a significant amount of processing fees attached to your transaction. This is why some seed banks offer discounts on your purchase if you use Bitcoin or another form of cryptocurrency.
It is important to note that any form of cryptocurrency does not have the same protection as credit cards. If your payment goes through, it is virtually impossible to get back your money should something happen to your order. Before finalizing your orders and paying with any form of digital coins, make sure you can trust the site first.
10.) Take advantage of free seeds
Another way of making the most out of your purchase is to receive free seeds. Some seed banks are willing to give buyers some of the starter materials that they have an excess amount in stock. Many of these seeds are not generic ones. Major companies are willing to give you seeds for Cannabis Cup winning strains. Others may give you feminized seeds as well.
You now have some know-how on avoiding scammers that will sell you low-quality seeds or run away with your money. You also know how to get the most out of your orders as well as pay less for feminized seeds. As Miley Cyrus would say “I think weed is the best drug on earth.” Much like any purchasing prescription medicines or any kind of drugs, you want to use the tips listed above to buy your feminized seeds from a legit seller