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    Default Stingy Suttons, bit of a rant.

    The last several years, my neighbour and I have ordered considerable quantities of seeds, potatoes, trees, etc, etc, from Suttons. I've noticed a marked reduction in the number of seeds in each pack but no decrease, only increase in pack prices. some things, such as peppers, tomatoes, etc are now only sold in packs of (average content) 10.

    This is irritating enough when you are paying 2.49 for 10 Jalapeno seeds, but when you find there are, in fact, only 8 seeds in the pack, as I did today, it's quite frankly a rip-off. that's over 30p for each seed!

    I will be contacting Suttons to let them know that their stinginess is doing them no favours and might well lead to me using another supplier in future.
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    If there are supposed to be 10 seeds but there were only 8 then go back to them as ask for another packet.
    Give them a chance to rectify it.
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    I must have got some of yours last year. I got crimson crush tomatoes (average 10 seeds). 20 seeds in the packet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    If there are supposed to be 10 seeds but there were only 8 then go back to them as ask for another packet.
    Give them a chance to rectify it.
    They cover themselves by printing "average contents 10 seeds". Presumably, this means some lucky so-and-so has got a pack with 12 in

    I will indeed give them the chance to rectify, but wouldn't it just be better if they went back to putting sensible amounts in their packs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenishfing View Post
    I must have got some of yours last year. I got crimson crush tomatoes (average 10 seeds). 20 seeds in the packet.
    So, you're the jammy so-and-so!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonjour View Post
    So, you're the jammy so-and-so!
    Sorry! I've never had less than the average amount and usually quite a few more. That is why I buy from them rather than some other companies who I will never again buy from because of the rubbish they send out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonjour View Post
    They cover themselves by printing "average contents 10 seeds". Presumably, this means some lucky so-and-so has got a pack with 12 in

    I will indeed give them the chance to rectify, but wouldn't it just be better if they went back to putting sensible amounts in their packs?
    Depends on what you mean by sensible! If you choose to buy a packet advertised as having 10 seeds that's your choice. If you want more seeds, you shop around or buy another variety.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    Depends on what you mean by sensible! If you choose to buy a packet advertised as having 10 seeds that's your choice. If you want more seeds, you shop around or buy another variety.
    If only shopping around was that easy for those of us on small, remote islands.

    To be honest, I hadn't noticed that the seed catalogue said 10 seeds. However, if it says 10 seeds it is reasonable to expect 10 seeds, at least. Not 8 seeds, a 20% shortage on the quantity stated in the catalogue.

    As to "sensible" quantities, that varies with what you're buying and what the expected germination rate would be. For tomatoes, peppers, chillies, I'd say 16-20 was a sensible amount. Too many for some but enough for most fairly serious allotmenteers.

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