I should have prefaced my statement with "in my opinion"
I would like to see more evaluation of the queens in the mating nucs before just selling them off. For example, John does a great job at evaluation and so does Velbert and Bush and Palmer.
When I was in Cali, I did get to go out and pick queens with the folks who do it for a living. No one went through the mating nucs to see the laying pattern. They just picked the queen and off she went.
And they charge the same price or more for those queens. And the price keeps going up.
But this is only my opinion. Everyone has something they look for. For me, I like to know someone evaluated the laying pattern.