Amazon is set to start shipping seven-foot tall Christmas trees come November. A North Carolina Frasier will run customers about $115 bucks and will be shipped to your house within ten days of being cut down, but Allen Parish Christmas Tree farmer Gray Anderson says that takes the fun out of getting a real tree.
“They come to enjoy the day, and when they come out we have a lot of entertainment on the farm, so they get to do other things. Spend the day with the kids and pick out a tree.”
Amazon says the trees will be shipped without water in a standard box, and should survive the trip just fine.
Anderson says instead of sending your money to Seattle based Amazon, spend it in your own community.
“You cut one off of a local farm, and you’re supporting the economy of the community.”
Amazon began shipping three foot trees last year, and its estimated only 1 to 2 percent of the 27-million trees sold nationwide were sold online.
He says local farms and sellers tend to put more than just Christmas trees on display, and often turn Christmas tree locations into options for a good night of entertainment. Anderson says he hopes Louisianans will support local families with their purchase.
“Most of them in south are family business so you’re supporting a local farmer as well.”
Amazon says they won’t haul it off for dumping or recycling, but they do come with the standard 30-day return policy.