Is there another brand that does realistic trees for less? I still think these are overpriced. There were some at a local store for half this price last year but I can't remember the brand name....
So you're saying your wife is an excellent fluffer?
That isn't really true. As long as an artifical tree lasts 12 years it should have a smaller footprint than cut trees. If your tree isn't locally grown, like a lot of the cheap ones at super markets, or ends up in landfill then this is reduced further.
From an environmental point of view a real tree will always be better than a fake. The carbon footprint of a fake tree is huge, the carbon footprint of a real tree is far lower. It absorbs carbon when growing, depending on your disposal route this carbon may then be released back into the atmosphere, but still better than artificial. Small print: I've got a Balsam tree, but not for the enviromental reasons.