When ever I read the commercial forums, it always makes me wonder. I think you guys are not making much money and I'd need a couple thousand hives to quit my day time job. Seriously some make it sound like a lot of beeks sell everything for 25 cents on the dollar.
Sometimes I think though the profits are played down to discourage others, so there is less competition. I mean why would anyone go online and talk about making good profits. That would be self defeating.
I figure the truth is probably somewhere in the middle, and also that doing this for a living would take all the fun out of it.
These are just the first impressions of an outsider skimming over the commercial beekeeping forums for 1 month.
I do admire anyone making a living at beekeeping!