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Poll: Christmas tree: Real or fake?

Do you get a real Christmas tree or a fake one?

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How much would a real tree cost where you live (6 foot tree)?

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#31 mastermate

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 14:49

Just put up a 10ft Noble tree (travelling on business for two weeks so wanted to get it sorted before I leave), cost $40.
A couple of years ago, we picked up a 13.5 ft tree. Look fantastic!
I also have a 6ft fake in the loft. Looks awful in comparison to a real one.


#32 vetJames7

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 14:49

I always thought artificial Christmas trees were a new thing, but here it says that the oldest one known is from 1886:

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#33 inferniac

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 14:58

I prefer real trees, where I live you can get one for ~10$.

#34 Alan Cone

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 15:05

Fake, mainly so I can use it year after year and not have to deal with crazy cleanup. Plus, pre-lit is nice too :D

#35 azure.sapphire

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 15:36

Fake. I would prefer real, however. It is true that a fake tree costs more, but you can reuse it every year. The real trees in my area are a bit on the expensive side ($50 to $75 for a good fir) in the Midwest?!... WTF. I got a real tree last year for $25 and it didn't even make it to past December 25th. If I could fine a good quality tree for <= $20, I would purchase it in a heartbeat.

#36 OP Mr aldo

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 19:47

How long do those who have a fake tree keep them/plan to reuse them till you get a new one?

The way my family sees it, it costs $200 - $300 for a fake one, which would mean it would take 20 - 30 years for the fake tree to pay off. Plus with a real you get the plus of it smelling good.

#37 azure.sapphire

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 22:25

I got my fake tree, a Grand Fir (well sort of) Christmas tree for $90 back in 2002. I have used it every year since. On some years I mix in either a Balsam or Fraser as well. I have even been known to look at a pine or two. I will agree with you though that a fake tree is really lacking. There are generally not the most realistic and they have no smell. Worse, artificial scents have a canned smell.

A good 7.5ft grand fir for the foyer (that is a good width) will cost me easily $50 (if not $75). So based on this I could have spent $450 or $675. Instead, I usually get a smaller tree that is real (like a $10 table top or a smaller $25 Balsam) if I want smell.

It all comes down to cost.

#38 Kerm

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 22:27

Real every time.
The smell is almost as beautiful as they look.

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 22:28

Need to change the real tree cost adding the option "Can't buy one where we are" :p

We've had a fake since I was a kid.

#40 metallithrax

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 22:30

Fake, white (girlfriend wanted pink:x )

Cost £12.49

#41 firey

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 22:40

How long do those who have a fake tree keep them/plan to reuse them till you get a new one?

The way my family sees it, it costs $200 - $300 for a fake one, which would mean it would take 20 - 30 years for the fake tree to pay off. Plus with a real you get the plus of it smelling good.


I bought mine in october for 15$.... (Fake 6')

#42 OP Mr aldo

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 22:43

How did you get a fake one for $15? Garage sale or something?

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 23:13

How did you get a fake one for $15? Garage sale or something?



Nope, was marked down at Zellers from 75$ to 44$ then it was another 75% off because it was discontinued.

#44 Growled

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 20:07

We always get a real one. I love the smell. They cost between $45 and $60 dollars here.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 23:45

If the neighbors have a live one growing, I'll get out the saw .... :shiftyninja: