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Combining Christianity with botanicals and natural remedies, Star Botanicals could be the only kratom vendor that sells speciosa and Bibles under the same virtual roof. Adorning their website with select verses that talk about natural healing, Star Botanicals offers a diverse range of products that extends far beyond kratom.
Their extensive line-up of picks might have you scanning their selection for hours. That is of course, if you manage to find them in the sea of kratom vendors. Star Botanicals isn’t too popular, and they don’t generate much chatter on line. And while that could be the result of any number of reasons, their prices play a major role.
The cross on Calvary serves the purpose of Star Botanicals’ brand logo. Of course, that’s a fresh new take on kratom branding that might rub off on buyers the wrong way. Nonetheless, the vendor doesn’t try to hide their strong religious affinity. That’s evident by way of all the Biblical verses they throw around their website.
Guests at their online storefront might notice how the vendor doesn’t really seem to care too much about appearances. Cluttered and confusing, large chunks of text litter their website. And although products fall into distinct categories, the sheer number of product tabs and the length of each one’s name makes it a chore to browse.
Once you actually find their kratom selection, you’ll discover that Star Botanicals sells powders, capsules, and live plants. Their kratom powders sell in packs of 28g, 200g, 448g, and 1000g. Customers in the mood for capsules have much more limited options as the vendor only sells a restricted number of strains in 28g capsule packs.
But what about variety? Star Botanicals might not sell too many exotic strains, however they do stock up all of the basics. These come packaged in either resealable mylar bags (for smaller packs) or vacuum sealed plastic bags (for kilos.) The vendor doesn’t bother to label their products either, save for a product code.
You would think that with such a low-budget website and unimpressive packaging, Star Botanicals would be way below the standard pricing line. But you’re in for a surprise. This vendor sells their kratom products at about twice the cost that many others do.
Considering the number (or the lack) of reviews that this vendor gets, we can assume their prices has something to do with their unpopularity. Heck, they don’t even get reviews on their own website. And that says a lot about the vendor, especially when you factor in the years they’ve spent in operation.
Star Botanicals easily deters budget-conscious kratom buyers with their sky high prices. Given that they don’t have much of an online presence, it’s hard to reconcile spending so much for products that no one really vouches for.
|STAR BOTANICALS||MOON KRATOM||KRATOM TRADING CO.|
|Powders||Starts at $6.78 for 28g||Starts at $17 for 100g||Starts at $5 for 28g|
|$30 for 200g||$79 for 1kg||$49.95 for 500g|
|$120 for 1000g||$345 for 5kg||$99 for 1000g|
|Capsules||Starts at $7.77 for 28g||Starts at $25 for 100g||Starts at $38.50 for 250g|
|$160 for 1kg|
Just for the record, the prices listed here for Star Botanicals only represent their cheapest selection. The vendor’s prices fluctuate depending on the strain. So some of their products can double the prices of their cheapest picks. For context, some of their 28g packs sell for $12.34 as opposed to their lowest $6.78.
If you’re getting one of their smallest, cheapest packets, you’ll spend about 0.24¢ per gram. Their 28g packs that sell for $12.34 however clock in a whopping 0.44¢ per gram. Their cheapest kilos go for 0.12¢ per gram, while other choices crank it up to 0.15¢ per gram.
Sure, at a glance, these prices might not seem too over the top. But compared to other vendors that sell for less than $90 per kilo, Star Botanicals starts to look like a premier brand-wannabe. Other vendors like Herbal RVA offer both tried and tested quality and ultra low prices at less than $70 per kilo.
Some people find that spending extra dough on kratom isn’t much of a problem if the vendor can prove that their products are worth it. And that’s yet another problem with Star Botanicals. Although they leave room on their website for comments and reviews, it seems they haven’t generated a single one.
Even on Reddit, where kratom buyers converge to talk about even the smallest vendors, Star Botanicals doesn’t get too many mentions.
“I like Star Botanicals. They comp prices and have the best quality I have come by thus far. They’re new, but I see them going straight to the top. They also have Kratom plants and unbeatable prices on seeds and stuff. Really cool shop and easy to use interface!” – Reddit user
For the record, this is the only positive comment that pops up about Star Botanicals throughout all of Reddit. And if you take the time to check the user who made the post, it’s the only one they’ve ever made on Reddit which leads to the assumption that they’re probably a shill.
Again, it’s not a very popular brand. So you can’t really expect to read too many negative comments about them either. Nevertheless, there is a single critical review about the brand that was left behind on the same thread mentioned up top.
“They sent me somebody else’s order, and refused to send me what I actually ordered. I would avoid.” – Reddit user
Now, this doesn’t really talk about the quality of their products. So we still can’t glean anything about product quality. But based on the information alone, it’s easy to see that Star Botanicals might not care too much about customer satisfaction.
Buyers who place particular value on the shopping experience would do well to avoid this vendor if they don’t want to run into any issues down the line.
Most vendors send out discounts through a mailing list. But Star Botanicals doesn’t seem to be too keen on setting up a newsletter any time soon. Instead, they have a Tumblr blog where they post about their latest offers and promos.
We know what you’re thinking — that’s really not very accessible. But there are no rules about what platforms a vendor can use. Interestingly however, they skip Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, using their Tumblr blog as the sole avenue with which to reach their buyers with promotional information.
Star Botanicals doesn’t seem to perform any testing on their kratom products. On their website, they don’t talk about lab testing and neither do they advertise their kratom as ‘third-party lab tested.’
That means there’s no way to know for sure if their products are safe for use. You also can’t tell if their products will actually be potent enough for your needs since they can’t provide any mitragynine measures.
The purpose of AKA Membership is that it shows buyers that a vendor abides by strict standards for safety and sanitation. To become an AKA affiliated vendor, a company must submit itself for an audit. This will cost anywhere from $500 to $1000 depending on a number of factors.
If they pass the evaluation, they receive a Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) certificate. Unfortunately, Star Botanicals isn’t presently affiliated with the AKA. For buyers, that means you can’t tell what happens behind their doors and whether they actually handle their product using proper techniques and in safe environment.
As far as product recalls and legal battles go, Star Botanicals boasts a clean slate. But that’s not all you have to think about when considering a vendor’s legitimacy. According to the singular complaint that the vendor has received, they might not care too much about proper order fulfillment.
The vendor has been said to send out the wrong products without giving two shakes about rectifying the issue. But then again, if this sort of stuff happened more often, there would probably be a lot more records of their bad behavior online.
That really depends on what you’re looking for. Their choices aren’t exactly exotic, and prices aren’t too great either. But then again, if you’re the kind of person who wants to try every vendor in the book, a small 28g packet might not be a bad idea.
On the other hand, if you were looking to get your hands on a live kratom plant, then Star Botanicals might be for you.
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