5 Do Nots at a Hydroponic Shop-Especially if You Ever Want Some Good Advice Again…
I wanted to write a little excerpt on proper shopping etiquette when entering your local hydro stores. A quick 5 do nots at a hydroponics shop. For some it seems oblivious but with the right attitude and approach you can really work great relations with your local owner benefiting you in product information, deals, discounts and even free giveaways.
1. Do not mention or talk about illegal substances when you enter the store.
Hydroponic stores are legit businesses, treat them like one.
2. Be aware of the owners time and that it’s a business.
Don’t be the oblivious shopper that doesn’t realize the right time to leave. Some shoppers need extra help or demand more time than others and every store owner should have sympathy or at least empathy for that situation.
Everyone learns at thier own rate and there are many puzzles to put together for a grower first entering this endeavor. For example, you enter your local shop to buy some pesticide for your small garden and you notice there is only one person working today in a store which normally has two or sometimes three people working.
You are the only customer in store at that point so you decide to take advantage of this time and talk to the guy/girl behind the counter, maybe ask them a few questions on some problems you are running into.
After about 15-20 mins out of your deep conversation you notice that as you are talking to the owner/employee taking up his/her time for a $15 dollar sale, people are starting to pile up behind you with products in hand wanting to purchase and get on with thier busy schedules.
There are also people asking for products that require the owner/employees assistance to get access to ( forklift out a pallet of soil, hugos, lights, 500gal res, etc..)
Don’t be oblivious, notice the situations and give your owner/employee some time to handle the real business at hand. Buy your product and tell the person behind the counter that you have a couple questions and you were wondering if there was a better time to get in touch with he/she either on phone or plan a time to come in?
You will find by working on the owner/employee schedule you get much better answers to your questions this way, rather than getting the short answer because there are other obligations piling up.
3. Don’t be a Bull in a china shop.
Be careful if your known to have butterfingers, ask for help to grab your nutrients.
Nutrients depending on product can be very expensive also at times very smelly. No hydro store owner/employee wants to smell some fish fertilizer that a customer accidentally dropped in the heat of summer or in the cold of winter for that matter.
Also they surely don’t want to pay for your mistake when you go and bust a $600 dollar bottle, neither do you. Be careful when grabbing large bottles off high shelves. Keep in mind water is roughly 7 pounds per gallon so that jug might be heavier than it looks.
If there’s a bottle out of reach it’s better to ask for assistance than be a “Gilligan” and end up dropping it and making a mess of things.
4. Don’t try to use the shop for a gathering place to meet friends.
All good relationships take time to cultivate, so don’t let your guard down by inviting a new friend recently met through your local hydro store to check out your garden and give pointers. Might end up being an expensive lesson thats not in your favor.
5. Don’t over shadow price for service and know how.
There are many fly by night shops that are opening up these days even worse back garage websites that run their business out of their home who’s really only upside is there discounted prices on products.
I understand money is tight these days but lets put things into perspective, when you go and spend 15-30 mins. asking someone at a store how a product works and that owner/employee gives you a whole breakdown to help you succeed based off there own experience, pay homage to that information.
Is it not worth the difference?
Don’t grill the owner to get the product for $20 bucks like on the Internet as opposed to $24.95 store cost.
If you went to your garden and used a product you got off the internet with no advice on how to properly apply and you applied that product wrong and ruined your whole grow you would feel pretty dumb saving $5 as opposed to spend 5 extra and getting the benefit from the product rather than experiencing the learning curve
Erik Biksa has been writing about and discussing hydroponics growing, related technologies and cropping methods since 1999 in a variety of professional publications and platforms globally Erik has travelled the world learning and teaching modern growing techniques and technologies and is appreciated by many growers for his informative yet hands on approaches. Presently, he is the Editor at Grozine Hydroponics Mag.