GYO Seedbank is quite a new seed bank and doesn’t have much history to speak of. GYO Seeds may be new to the scene, but there’s actually evidence that GYO is run by the same people who run Bonza Seeds, which has been around for ages. These same people also run The Single Seed Center and potentially other seed reselling brands.
In fact, clicking through certain links on the GYO Seeds website redirects visitors to a fourth store called Homegrown Cannabis Co. This is quickly becoming a tangled web, though it’s likely only the tip of the iceberg. These multiple personalities are not something that they advertise, but it’s been uncovered in recent years by eagle-eyed customers who noticed a few suspicious similarities between them. First, customer support messages would come from all three seed banks that were similar if not identical, and all of the messages were signed by the same person. Then, signing into a GYO account would take the user to a shared help desk where previous support tickets from GYO Seeds, Bonza, and The Single Seed Center could all be seen. Finally, all three brands had identical social media feeds, so the similarities are undeniable even though the brands are still trying to deny them for some reason. Alternate Identities Aren’t A Good Thing for Seed Banks.
The reason that GYO Seedbank is reluctant to admit that they run multiple seed bank brands is likely because there is little reason to do so for seed banks that are operating on the up and up. The best seed banks keep only one storefront open, which provides all of the seeds that they sell. There would be no benefit for a good seed bank to have multiple brands under the same umbrella because they would all be selling the same things for the same prices. It would only add confusion and extra work for them without any added benefit. So, the fact that GYO Seeds/Bonza/The Single Seed Center/who knows what else choose to operate multiple storefronts is not a good sign. It could be a way to spread out customer complaints about the business so that no one brand takes all the heat. It’s certainly possible that whenever one brand starts amassing negative reviews and losing customers, the parent company simply starts a new one under a new name and keeps operating as usual. This makes it harder for customers to keep track of which brands are trustworthy newcomers and which are just the latest in a long line of alternate identities from a bad brand. What’s not identical between these three identical brands is the prices each shop charges for what are allegedly the exact same strains from the exact same breeders. A seed that sells for $3 on one site could easily sell for $4 or $6 on the others. For premium seeds, the discrepancy is even larger, with one site selling for $13 what the others are selling for $19 or even $23. This level of changeable pricing has many customers worried about whether they’re actually getting the seeds that they ordered or not. After all, what would account for such a large difference in price if each seed bank was buying the same thing from the same breeder at the same standard wholesale price? Because of their relative newness in the online cannabis seed reselling industry, GYO hasn’t had a lot of time to build up much of a reputation. However, since GYO Seedbank happens to be run by the same people who also run Bonza Seeds, The Single Seed Center, and possibly other seed bank brands, so some of the reputation of those businesses can be inferred to apply to GYO Seedbank as well. The unfortunate thing is that none of these seed banks have a particularly stellar reputation. Bonza is not bad, but any good reputation it has mostly comes from the fact that it’s been in business for years and years, rather than from any great feats of product quality, customer service, or any other merits. Seed Selection at GYO Seedbank seems to be quite vast, though it would be pretty easy to list a ton of different strains and only deliver a few, if the reviews about seed swapping are correct. Nevertheless, some of the top breeders that GYO Seeds claims to stock seeds from (even though GYO is not listed as an authorized dealer on many of these breeder sites, as another review pointed out) include: Greenhouse Seeds, Spliff Seeds, Strain Hunters, Sweet Seeds, Dutch Passion, Nirvana Seeds, Humboldt, Blimburn Certified, Fast Buds, Bomb Seeds, Barneys Farm, Seedsman, Dr Krippling, and 00 Seeds. Out of these 16 “top breeders,” only four have GYO Seedbank listed as an authorized reseller. Those four seed brands are Dutch Passion, Fast Buds, Bomb Seeds, and 00 Seeds. A few more, like Barneys Farm, have Bonza Seeds listed on their authorized resellers/official distributors page. Some don’t have these pages at all, so it’s hard to know whether they’re working with GYO Seeds or not without contacting them directly. Like any seed bank, product quality at GYO Seeds will vary based on the individual seed strain and breeder you’re actually buying from. The original breeder is who determines the upper bound of product quality, but there’s plenty that an irresponsible seed bank can do (or not do) to make things worse.
Things like improper storage, fluctuating temperatures, humidity, and simply keeping seeds for too long before shipping can cause them to lose freshness as well as viability.
That means that even if the seeds do pop, they may not grow as well or produce as high a yield as expected.