Petra26
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online bonsai retailers

i think it would be a good idea to make a list of some good online bonsai retailers. also with a mini-review of your experience with them and general satisfaction. since i am considering on getting some wiring material, to save on shipping it would probably be a good idea to get a few other stuff at the same time. i think this might be helpful for all of us :D

what are some good online bonsai retailers you know?

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Re: online bonsai retailers

Petra26 wrote: what are some good online bonsai retailers you know?
Good question :D

You mean tools, Soil and sundries and such right Petra? As opposed to trees I mean.

Some sell one and not the other...Or not much of the other at any rate.

Some places I would never buy a tree from [CRAP] but I might buy wire...you know.

Just looking for what you want here :)

ynot

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yeah yeah, not actual trees. but more tools, supplies, materials, etc... you know a collection of recommended sites and reviews from our users :D i tend to believe how you guys would rate a company and their products vs. their marketing advertisments :evil:

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IMO,

One thing I would HIGHLY recommend when shopping for bonsai 'Stuff' is that you take a long hard look at the "trees" they sell.

[If they in fact do sell trees at all. I say that because two of the very reputable dealers I am about to suggest do not in fact sell trees online. One essentially does not sell trees at all in fact.]

About the trees: If they look like little skinny undeveloped malsai at crazy prices...

[IE: 39$, 49$, even 79$ for those entirely undeveloped/untrained '7' shaped junipers that have pencil thin trunks {Essentially they are cuttings and you could purchase better for 6$ in a 1G pot from a box store.}.. Other examples abound.]

...That should give you an idea of the market share they serve and perhaps an idea of the quality [relevant to the prices] of the other materials they sell.

I am confident you are going to see places like that in this thread: {EDIT: When I posted this I assumed there would be additional links posted, None yet though..:?}
I am not saying "Do not go there under any circumstances."..I AM saying "Be aware of the 'quality aspect' of where you shop."
...Or at least their return policy ;).

It is also worth mentioning that many of the tools used for bonsai can be easily substituted with more common and le$$ ex$pen$ive household/toolbox items. Concave cutters being the obvious exception.

Here are a few reputable online bonsai dealers:

https://www.evergreengardenworks.com/index.htm Plants and tools: Brent knows his stuff, Period.
In case you don't recognize it, I'd wager that this is one of the top three sites linked to on this forum.

https://www.dallasbonsai.com/ I bought my soil sieves & watering can here as well as wire [When I last bought it.] I love DBG.

https://www.bonsaimonk.com/ How wrong can you go with monks..;)

https://www.hollowcreekbonsai.com/ I got my Mycorrhiza here, HBC is excellent. Though I am not to sure about their tropical soil lately [That's not first hand experience..I have never used their soil.]

https://www.stonelantern.com/ Books, Magazines, Tools & lots of Japanese paraphernalia

https://www.thegrowinggrounds.com/ Drop some cash on a big canvas for you to work with at TGG.

https://brusselsbonsai.com/ Kind of a mixed bag here IMO, Some very malsai-esque things at the lower prices. Some better examples further up the price range. LOL- That's hardly atypical actually.

I wish I had my lap top nearby as I have a ton of links about this stuff...I do not though.. :cry:

Hope these are a good start Petra :D.

ynot

Oops, I see by your last post that some of these may not be exactly what your seeking...More the merrier hopefully. ;)
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Petra,

I have dealt with both Dallas Bonsai and Bonsai Monks with no complaints. I had a minor problem with the Monks, in that they forgot to ship one item. When I informed them they did not question me at all and I got my tool promptly.

Norm

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thanks for the links ynot 8)

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