Re: Package Bees from Georiga and Texas, have you had lots of problems.
I'd be interested to know, of the complaints you received, how many of those were new beekeepers? I've heard of one package producer in GA that has a history of bad package production. I found them searching to packages myself. Their prices seemed too good to be true, so I did some digging, and found some not so good reviews. I never put out a feeler like this, I simply typed their name into beesource and got what I needed.
It's one thing to have poor reviews on a company or product. Think about it, most times people that are happy don't say much. Those that are upset want to be heard. That being said, don't write off a company with poor reviews per se. But investigate those same companies to try and find GOOD reviews. One in particular stands out, and despite your request for no names, I'll share the name, because it's a good review: BeeWeaver Apiaries in Texas.
This is where I got my first package, and where the company that I teach beekeeping classes for gets their bees. I have no affiliation with BeeWeaver, but because of my own good experience, I highly recommend them. If you search on here, you'll find countless good reviews on them. You may also find complaints, but I believe if people are taking the time to leave good reviews, that means the product is more towards the excellent rating.
I did notice you are in MO. I actually grew up in Bowling Green, just an hour or so north. But my home now, and my apiary is in Houston, Texas. Something to consider, that I highly believe in, is the need to buy local, and that includes bees! Texas and Georgian bees may not do all that well in MO. Same goes for hauling MN bees to Texas. Although very adaptable, that transfer and somewhat culture shock, I believe could be detrimental to a colony. If you are going to buy "foreign" packages, I would recommend buying a local queen if possible.
I encourage a survey of the complaints you get to see how many of those are first time beekeepers. As us veterans know, starting with a package is actually prett risky, and a simple mistake by a new beekeeper could mean disaster.
One package to 4 hives in 3 months. After 12 months I'm over a dozen hives and growing. Head over heels for bees!!!