Another danger to watch our for in e-Bay is buying plants such as the Iris or peony that will bloom long after you can send feedback about the vendor. Several seasons ago I bought several different kinds of Iris (I thought) from an e-Bay vendor that, of course, did not bloom until the next season. Much to my dismay and chagrin they all turned out to be the very common purple Iris instead of the expensive different colored ones I thought I had bought. Last time I will buy an Iris unless it is local and it is blooming!
Excellent point! As I look back (I wrote this article several years ago) I wonder why I wrote about ANNUAL plants and not plants period. ????? But your point is true for seeds too--you don't have time to see if they really are the seeds advertised until they have produced the plant you want, and unless they fail to germinate (and even then, sometimes) I am not enough of a seed expert to say that it wasn't my own fault the seedling didn't turn out right.
I'm not making myself very clear, but we agree: unless it's a flowering plant IN BLOOM, it's hard to give accurate feedback. Thanks for your comment.