True North Seed Bank Review 2017
Everything the smart consumer needs to know about True North Seed Bank. We review their reputation, customer service, strain selection, discounts / promotions, free seeds, and more, so you can make an informed choice.
True North Seed Bank is a reseller based in Toronto, Canada. They don’t breed any of their own seeds, but they do work with many of the best seed breeders to distribute their seeds worldwide through the True North shop.
Because of the current legislation in Canada, True North seed bank officially sells only medical marijuana seeds, though you should be able to find almost any strain you like there. You can order their seeds online in their shop, by phone, or even by using their downloadable order form which you print, fill out, and mail in to them. True North Seed Bank is a legitimate business that cares about its customers and will deliver on its promises most of the time.
Reputation 8.5/10Customer Service 8.5/10Shipping Range 10/10Stealth Shipping 9/10Seeds Quality 9/10Seed Selection 9.3/10Payment Methods 9/10Overall 9/10Seed Bank (Resellers), Based in CanadaHuge Selection, More Than 50 BreedersShipping Worldwide, Stealth PackagingCredit Cards, Bitcoin & Bank TransferQuick Links – True North Seed Bank:True North HomepageCannabis Cup WinnersTNSB Best Selling SeedsTNSB Loyalty ProgramTrue North Free SeedsTrue North Seed Bank FAQTNSB Payment InformationTNSB Shipping InformationTrue North Special Offers
True North Seed Bank History
True North Seed Bank is a relative newcomer on the scene in 2017. They don’t have much information available to the general public about their history or how they came to be what they are. Maybe they don’t think that their customers would be interested in that kind of information, but usually, when a company shows pride in itself, it likes to dedicate a little space on its website to the story of how it was founded and how it grew and blossomed into the business it is today. Strange to not see that from True North, but after all it’s just bonus information, it shouldn’t effect the product quality or ordering process.
True North Seed Bank Reputation
True North Seed Bank is a relatively unknown name in the industry as of 2017. It’s a smaller seed bank that is still trying to get on its feet and find its niche. They don’t really have a reputation one way or another, as most people wouldn’t recognize the name when you ask them about it. Usually this would be a red flag, but we can assure you that True North, while not our top recommendation, is not a scam. It’s a real seed bank, and more customers than not have a good experience when ordering from them. There is the occasional mistake or bad review, which happens to every company, but not enough to write off True North completely. As of 2017, they are a perfectly adequate seed bank option, and who knows- they may start stepping up their game in the coming years and earn themselves a great reputation.
True North Seed Selection
True North stocks seeds from a variety of breeders. We estimate that they offer strains from at least half of all the major brands of seed breeders. Some of their more notable brands include Royal Queen Seeds, Barney’s Farm, Moxie Seeds, DNA Genetics, Delicious Seeds, Sensi Seeds, Nirvana Seeds, Serious Seeds, Dinafem, Dutch Passion, Green House Seed Company, G13 Labs, Paradise Seeds, and CBD Crew. There are also even more brands to choose from, not only those.
There are a variety of seeds types available, including regular, feminized, autoflowering, auto regular, and auto feminized. They have seeds designed for indoor growth, seeds that do best outdoors, seeds for growth in greenhouses, high yield seeds, quick flowering seeds, and seeds that grow to different heights. Of course they have Indicas, Sativas, and hybrids, and you can shop by relative THC or CBD content is you wish.
True North Seed Bank Product Quality
Because True North Seed Bank is a true seed bank that only resells other brand’s seeds and doesn’t breed its own, the quality of the seeds that you buy will depend on the quality standards of the brand that you’re buying from. If you need to know more about some of the brands the True North stocks like Nirvana Seeds or Sensi Seeds, you can check out our separate reviews of those brands.
There could be a lot of variation in quality from one brand to another, which has nothing to do with True North. Of course, seeds that are distributed by a reseller are always bound to be slightly more expensive and slightly less fresh than seeds that are bought directly from the breeder. Just the simple act of adding in that middleman takes the price up and the freshness down, since they have to ship the seeds to their location first and then ship them out to you, all while still making a bit of profit to keep it worth their while. It’s annoying, but if you can’t buy directly from your favorite breeder because they don’t ship to your country, don’t accept your preferred method of payment, or for other reasons, it’s just a necessary evil.
We always recommend buying directly from the breeder if you can, but sometimes that’s just not possible. In those cases, it’s important to find a reseller who meets your needs, ships to your country, accepts your preferred method of payment, stocks the strains you want from the brand you like, and delivers quickly with a reasonable markup. You don’t want to be buying old seeds that have been sitting in a storage room or warehouse since who knows when. You want fresh seeds that are on premises and ready to ship out, but have been properly stored to maintain their freshness and viability, and haven’t been sitting around for ages either.
In short, product quality will depend on the initial quality of the original product, but expect it to be a step down from that any time you’re buying from a reseller. True North Seed Bank has been known to only order certain items from their providers as they are ordered from the True North store, which ensures the maximum freshness of the products, but it can also mean a long wait for customers- sometimes as long as 3 weeks or more. If you need your seeds in a hurry, be sure to contact True North to see if what you want is currently in stock or whether it will need to be special ordered.
Customer service at True North Seed Bank is adequate. The people there generally try to solve your problem as they understand it in a quick, efficient way. Of course, this is not always possible, and miscommunications do happen. Everyone has bad days sometimes, and the same is true for the True North customer service team. On the positive side, wait times are usually not very long, and you won’t have to worry about being placed on hold for hours and hours.
All in all, contacting True North customer service to solve a problem is way less painful than trying to call your cable company, but still not as pleasant as some of the other brands we’ve reviewed with exceptionally friendly customer service staff who love their jobs. It’s a pretty much average experience.
Sales, Promotions, and Discounts
True North Seed Bank regularly has active sales and promotions available for its customers. They often have certain strains on sale at a discounted price, or special promotions for seeds from certain breeders. Currently, they have an offer available for 20% off of all Blimburn brand seeds, a free Kali China fem seed sample with any purchase of Ace brand seeds, a free Bubblicious fem seed sample with every pack of Resin brand seeds you buy, one free Asian Dream super auto fem seed sample with every Flash brand seeds purchase, two free Chicle/Bubble Dawg seeds with every T.H. Seeds purchase, two free Grapefruit Diesel seeds with every pack of Pheno Finder seeds that you buy, and a whopping six free regular seeds whenever you buy any Ultra Genetics seeds. With every pack of Ultra Genetics purchased you will receive 3 x AK Confidential x Grapefruit Reg and 3 x AK Confidential x Fire Alien Strawberry Reg.
They also have discount for using certain preferred payment methods. If you pay with money order, cash, Bitcoin, e-transfer, or bank/money transfer, you will not only save yourself the 7.5% credit card processing fee, but an additional 10% on top of that. There’s also a chance to get your order completely free of charge if your name is drawn in their monthly raffle. The winner of that drawing has their order amount refunded to them in the form of a coupon code that can be redeemed at True North Seed Bank. The payment method discount is not compatible with any other discount code, though, so you’ll have to weigh your options and choose wisely.
In addition to all of that, True North has an ongoing promotion that gives you free seeds with every order that you place with them. The more you spend on each order, the more free seed samples you become eligible for.
To take advantage of this generous free seed offer, follow these simple steps to add them to your order:
1. Add all desired products to cart and proceed to view your cart.
2. At the top of the shopping cart you will find a section including freebies you can add to your order. Add all your preferred free seeds to cart until the section is gone.
3. Add any desired stealth shipping item(s) (scroll to bottom of page) to your order. Proceed to checkout to complete your order.
4. If you are placing your order by phone, please have a list of your preferred freebies ready to provide to the customer service representative.
True North’s free seed program is one of the most robust that we’ve seen at any seed bank, and definitely offers a strong incentive to place your next seed order with True North. They also have a loyalty program where you can earn loyalty points for your next orders.
Shipping, Returns, and Payment Options
True North offers stealth worldwide shipping to every single country and employs a variety of stealth shipping techniques to ensure that your order gets to you safely. All that is printed on the outside of the box is your address and a fake return address. Orders may be shipped either from their headquarters in Canada or their distribution center in the UK, depending on the package destination. Free delivery is available for orders within the US or Canada that total above CA$525. All orders come with tracking information so you can see where your order is at every stage of the process.You can opt for “EXTRA SAFE” shipping by adding a merchandise item like a T shirt or wallet to your order at checkout.
Returns are an option within 7 days of receiving your order if you send the items back in new condition, in their original packaging. Contact customer service to begin the return process. Return postage is the buyer’s responsibility except in the case that the items arrived damaged. Refunds or exchanges are available for returned merchandise.
Payment methods available at True North Seed Bank include Visa or Mastercard, International Money Order, Cash, Bank Transfer, MG, E-tranfer, Bitcoin, and Litecoin.
True North Seed Bank Final Review
True North Seed Bank is a good company that has yet to build a solid reputation for itself. Many people buy from them and have no trouble whatsoever. It’s a good choice for a reseller, but there are also better options available.
While True North Seed Bank is a legitimate company with good business practices, we feel that there are better options out there. Once again, it is always best to buy your seeds directly from the breeder whenever possible to ensure that you’re getting the product and quality that you paid for. Here are a few of our top recommendations for seed shops if you want to buy direct:
●Marijuana-Seeds.NL (MSNL) – This British seed bank is a high quality seed breeder with a large variety of strains. They have a great customer service team as well as worldwide stealth shipping and awesome promotions. Payment options are Bitcoin and credit cards, free seeds are given with every order.
●Crop King Seeds – Crop King may not have as wide of a variety as MSNL, but what they do have is very high quality. They have an impressive germination guarantee that will give new buyers peace of mind, as well as a friendly customer service team and worldwide stealth shipping. Payment options are Bitcoin, PayPal, and credit cards.
●Ministry of Cannabis – For buyers on a budget, this Spanish seed bank is our top recommendation. Ministry of Cannabis may be inexpensive, but they are definitely not cheap. They offer a great value for your money and ship all over the world. Payment options are Bitcoin and credit cards.
If you still prefer to buy through a seed reseller, we recommend True North would be our second choice. Our first choice is Seedsman Seed Bank, which is the best seed reseller anywhere, as far as we’re concerned. They have an incredible selection (more than 100 different seed breeders!) and a sterling reputation to go along with it. Whenever you need a strain you can’t ship to your country, check out Seedsman first. They’re based in Britain, but they ship worldwide and accept credit card and Bitcoin payments.
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The Best Cannabis Seed Banks
|#||Seed Bank||Shipping||Payment||Overall Score||Special Offers|
|1.||Crop King Seeds||Worldwide||9.6 [Review]||• Special Offers|
|2.||MSNL||Worldwide||9.5 [Review]||• Special Offers |
• Free Seeds
|3.||Seedsman||Worldwide||9.2 [Review]||• Special Offers |
• Free Seeds
|4.||Ministry of Cannabis||Worldwide||9.1 [Review]||None|
|5.||True North Seed Bank||Worldwide||9.0 [Review]||• Special Offers |
• Free Seeds
|6.||Nirvana Shop||Except AUS, ARG & JPN||8.9 [Review]||• Special Offers|
|7.||Sensi Seeds||EU Countries Only||8.7 [Review]||None|
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