Re: Have an offer hard to refuse, I think, help please
If it was $150 in April, it might be worth considering. But in November in Iowa, a single deep hive for a newbie, and his only hive, is overpriced and asking for disappointment.
I suggest waiting a few months, and keeping your eyes open for better opportunities. Add a Bookmark each time you find a promising potential vendor. Read Beesource in the interim, over the next couple of months. Then as you gain more knowledge, go back and re-evaluate each of those bookmarks you made.
If you have woodworking equipment, you could consider making some hive components yourself over the winter. (No, you can't weld them up! ) That would leave you more cash to spend on the bees themselves. Try to find a way to start with two hives, rather than one.
-- Victor Hugo -- "Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.”