Well, I did a lot of research, finally deciding on Betterbee.com. Ordered their 8-frame starter kit and an additional add on kit, as well as all the extras (hive hardware, wire, crimper, extra suit, etc.
I ordered a couple weeks ago, the next day, got an e-mail, saying the hives were on backorder, would be another 10-15 days. I was nice, waited until today (13 days later). The order girl said it would be 10-15 days. She couldn't give me a ballpark answer, either of when they would be realistically be available. Tried their information line, and an older lady answered, didn't know anything about bees, said I had a wrong number.
I just wonder if I'm going to be putting myself in a hole. As a newbee, it's going to take me some time to put all this stuff together. As it is, I'm picking up two packages in 6-7 weeks.
I haven't heard of any problems with Betterbee, and their prices and 8-frames were what attracted me. Just hope I made the right decision.