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Well, peppers are tough. I think the standard for them is about 55% germination. The people at Shepherd's are pretty helpful, maybe you could ask! I think my peppers took nearly a month in the greenhouse window this year. One variety had high germ rates, the other was only at 50%. I say keep the ones you have to see what happens, and try some more if you have the seeds.
Here are some hints from a great book, "The Gardener's Table"
To get your pepper seeds to germinate faster, you'll have to soften or nick the seed coats before they can begin absorbing water. To soften the seeds, scatter them on a wet towel or piece of paper, roll it up, and place it in a dark, warm spot for a couple of days. You don't want to sprout the seeds, just soften their seed coats. To nick the seed coat, either cover with a towel and gently roll them with a rolling pin, or place the seeds in a tall jar lined with a roll of rough sandpaper, coarde side facing in, and shake the jar for a few minutes.