I picked up some seeds at Fred Meyer the other day. I had a $23.69 rewards rebate so nothing came "out-of-pocket". Last season many of my seeds were from Fred Meyer and to be honest they had the highest rate of germination so maybe the other companies with "higher quality seed" are just over-priced? Almost all of the seeds I ordered from Burpee didn't grow at all and I won't be using their company again. Ironically, that's where my mom ordered all her seeds from 40 years ago and she had the most amazing flower beds. I will place an order to Harris seeds as I had great luck with them last year and that is where my Wave Petunia seeds come from.
The first seed to hit the dirt this year was Geranium's. (Actually, only paid a $1.37 X 2 for the seeds on sale).