This is my first year beekeeping, and I probably didnt do as much research on suppliers as I probably should have, but....
Anyone have any preferred choices when it comes to suppliers? I made all my supplies orders from one company, I wont say their name just yet, want to see what others have to say.
I spent almost 1000 dollars on equipment to get 2 hives going, I splurged in a couple areas sure, and that includes my Apiary set up too (paver stone surround and 2" of gravel inside of that), I did it in 2 separate orders. My first order, sat in their order system for almost 2 weeks, when I called them finally to find out what was going on, I got the "oh my gosh, I'm so sorry about that, things will go out tomorrow". 4 days later, my order shipped, with back ordered stuff I wasn't told about until it arrived.
Then my 2nd order, I ordered 2 frame perches (one for myself and one for my father in law who I dragged into this as well), and 180 plastic frame/foundations for our supers. The frames all arrived, but the perches were a no show. I waited a couple days to see if they maybe were coming separately...nothing. So I emailed them back to see where the perches were, got a phone call the next day asking if I was sure I didnt get them. The boxes of frames are packed so tightly, no way was a perch getting in there, let alone 2. It kinda felt like they were accusing me of trying to get $40 dollars worth of merchandise out of them. Needless to say, I won't be using them again.
Just curious what others have experienced and who they might prefer.
Thanks for your time and thoughts.