Yeah unfortunately that's true! Personally I avoid of giving gift orchids to anyone bought in florist shops and I also have "educated" enough my boyfriend of not buying a gift-orchid there for me (from the other hand, I accept the ones from orchid shows! ).The florist obviously had no interest in keeping them alive once they were sold.
Of course a person with zero experience can't know what an orchid at a florist shop has to suffer. I am a bad person I guess but I'm educating my friends about (basically telling them not to buy) those weird orchid compositions, blue colored phals etc. too..