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Old 10-22-2009, 09:31 AM   #1
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Is it to early for this? Budget artificial xmas tree

Ok folks,

We're thinking of making the transition to artificial Christmas tree from real trees, which I think is sad. But I understand its bad for the environment, and can simulate the smell with candles. Any eyes out there on bargains on about six foot trees that are not prelit?

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Old 10-22-2009, 10:10 AM   #2
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I see you are in Michigan and I believe there are Pat Catan craft stores in your area. Try looking there for a tree. 3 years ago we got a 6 ft prelit tree for $99.00 and I love it.

Or try Michael craft store.
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We made this move a few years ago for the same reasons...but it IS sad!
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Old 10-22-2009, 10:20 AM   #4
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I made this move quite a few years ago after getting sick each year after putting the real tree up (allergies). I finally decided it wasn't worth it and I LOVE my artificial tree. I also loved going out and getting one etc - but I do love having the artificial tree. I will say once I decided I decided not to worry so much about price - mine was 9 1/2 feet and cost 300.00 and is not prelit. It paid for itself in 5 years.

I still love it.

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Old 10-22-2009, 10:21 AM   #5
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Just a thought... Stay with a real tree this year, and wait until after Xmas... When we went artificial, we bought a tree that we had seen and wanted at Sears. Prior to the Holidays it was expensive, but the day after Xmas it was at 50% off...
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No ideas on where to buy an artificial one but, for the record, real trees are a heck of a lot better for the environment than a fake one that will eventually end up in the landfill and create goodness knows how many toxins during production. Live trees are farmed and therefore replanted. They produce oxygen the whole time they are growing and don't need chemicals or fertilizers. After use they can be ground up for mulch or tossed over the hill for animals to nest in.
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Just a thought... Stay with a real tree this year, and wait until after Xmas... When we went artificial, we bought a tree that we had seen and wanted at Sears. Prior to the Holidays it was expensive, but the day after Xmas it was at 50% off...
I agree! You might find some great tree bargains either the week before Christmas (when most people already have a tree up and decorated and are no longer shopping for one so the prices will be reduced) or after Christmas on final clearance.
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JcPenneys always has the tree list online in the outlet section after X-mas too.

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Old 10-22-2009, 11:29 AM   #9
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No ideas on where to buy an artificial one but, for the record, real trees are a heck of a lot better for the environment than a fake one that will eventually end up in the landfill and create goodness knows how many toxins during production. Live trees are farmed and therefore replanted. They produce oxygen the whole time they are growing and don't need chemicals or fertilizers. After use they can be ground up for mulch or tossed over the hill for animals to nest in.
I tend to agree with this. I don't see how they can be any worse for the environment than an artificial tree. They are planted for this purpose and replaced after cutting.

For the record, we have an artificial tree. We alternate between a real tree and a fake tree. If we are going to be traveling we use the artificial tree. If it is Christmas at home we will go cut one down.

We got our tree on QVC. I loved using Easy Pay. Also, we had until January 31 to send it back if we didn't like it or the pre-lit lights didn't work. It wasn't super cheap but it is very beautiful. Many people think it is real.
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Old 10-22-2009, 11:32 AM   #10
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I just got a new artifical tree last year from KMART after christmas for 75% off---it's prelit, which i love

I have developed allergies to real trees and can no longer have them otherwise I break out in a huge rash!!
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No ideas on where to buy an artificial one but, for the record, real trees are a heck of a lot better for the environment than a fake one that will eventually end up in the landfill and create goodness knows how many toxins during production. Live trees are farmed and therefore replanted. They produce oxygen the whole time they are growing and don't need chemicals or fertilizers. After use they can be ground up for mulch or tossed over the hill for animals to nest in.
This is true - I had bought an artificial tree years ago, thinking I was saving all those poor trees (I feel so bad seeing those brown dead trees on the side of the road, chopped down just for a few weeks) - and then I saw a report last year that environmental groups recommend choosing christmas trees in the following order:

1. replantable trees (with the rootball)
2. chopped down trees (like PP said, they're compostable)
3. artificial trees (last as long in a landfill as diapers once they're disposed of - all those real trees will be long broken down before one artifical one is)

I'm not trying to be on a soapbox or anything - I was really surprised and bummed to hear I had made the wrong choice. I'm just passing along the info.
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Old 10-22-2009, 11:44 AM   #12
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You might find a good deal on Black Friday. We got ours at Joannes.

We only go artificial when we are going out of town for the holidays. I much prefer the real trees we get from the local tree farm. They cost a few bucks, but they look different every year. It's hard to vary the looks much of the artificial one since it's always the same size and shape.

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No ideas on where to buy an artificial one but, for the record, real trees are a heck of a lot better for the environment than a fake one that will eventually end up in the landfill and create goodness knows how many toxins during production. Live trees are farmed and therefore replanted. They produce oxygen the whole time they are growing and don't need chemicals or fertilizers. After use they can be ground up for mulch or tossed over the hill for animals to nest in.
Thanks for that! Good perspective.

Alas, we've considered artificial the last few years, because I'm sick and tired of the arachnids the real trees bring into our house! BLEAH!

Then again, maybe any fluffy thing set near a window and left for a month would attract them...but honestly I think they are on the tree when we bring it into the house.


Still up in the air...
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Old 10-22-2009, 01:30 PM   #14
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If you have a local Craigslist, I'd try there. I've been seeing quite a few already from either people doing just the opposite (giving up the artificial for a real) or down-(or up I suppose)grading. You can get a nearly new tree for pretty inexpensive.

ETA: Just read the post above me about the bugs. YICK! That is the single reason I've never owned a real tree. I've heard too many horror stories of the bugs they bring in. FWIW, my fake is also set up next to a window and for nearly 2 months (I get it up early) and we've never had any problems with bugs.
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I have never had bugs from a real tree. We just shake it out a bit before bringing it in.
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