Some of the 1-800-Flowers arrangements are through the local florists but some of the others they offer come in a box. 1-800-Flowers owns the wire service Bloomnet that moves orders between order takers and florists, almost everyone uses Bloomnet along with FTD and Teleflora wire services. I’ve never had a problem getting the boxed and delivered items, in fact, they’ve been good and not that expensive, but say you call into one of these wire service order takers and order a dozen roses, a box of chocolates and a teddy bear. Around Valentines Day based upon the prices where I used to work that would run you 80 for the roses, 15 for the chocolates and 15 to 25 for the bear. Delivery would be an additional 16 dollars. Thats a minimum of 126 bucks you’ll be out. Then they would turn around and give the florist 60 to 70 for the roses, ten for the chocolates and ten for the bear plus 10 to deliver for a grand total of around 90 bucks, meaning their profit is a good 36 dollars. Why pay all that extra to a wire service?