Re: Selling five frame Nucs.
I sell only the frames with the bees. A box is available with an additional deposit. Customers are expected to bring their hive and enough frames to finish filling the box. I do not want someone else's frames brought into my apiary. I do not sell garbage frames either. By the time one of my nucs is ready to sell, it has two freshly drawn foundationless frames full of brood, plus the three frames I removed from the parent hive.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.