It's mostly only the retired commercial or failed commercial beekeepers that have time to post, the ones you need to talk to are to busy making a profit. Even if you do get to talk to them why should they sell you the farm for nothing? Some post on forums because its part of their marketing plan.
When I bought my first hive from a commercial beekeeper he said "It's a very nice hobby but an extremely hard living".
With a 100 hives maybe you would earn more than a manual laborer, maybe not. A manual laborer with a 100 hives has a dream but no time.