I was having a look at my supplier's price list to decide on what to buy to complement my equipment for this year. It struck me how uneconomical nucs are. I can get a full hive with two 10 frame medium boxes and frames for 43€ and a 5 frame nuc with the exact same construction for 28€. That makes the full hive 4 times larger and only 50% more expensive.
Given the economics is there any reason I should consider using nucs at all? I'm planning on doing a split soon and am just going to use my existing stuff to build a 10-frame single-story medium hive. In what situation should I consider buying a nuc instead? Is there any real difference between having a 5 frame nuc or a 10 frame box with the center 5 frames filled and the rest empty?