Buying seeds through the mail

I am new to growing my own plants and I find it hard to find good seeds. I have found many interesting options in your April/May 2003 issue but I don’t know if I trust sending them through the US mail. What are the chances of them being intercepted?
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Buying seeds through the mail entails some risk. Accidents do happen, and occasionally the envelopes are confiscated. However, this does not usually lead to an arrest, just the seizure of the package, often without informing the person who was to receive it.

Each year hundreds of thousands of seed packages are received by customers, so in all likelihood the seed package will arrive safely. Still, to prevent an accident from becoming a calamity, the seeds should be sent to a safe address. There should be no growing plants, no set-up and no indication that the seeds were actually purchased by the addressee.

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