The minimum order quantities are all over the board, anywhere from 1 to several thousand. there is obviously a price break per unit when you order in quantity. the shipping is not worth it in my experience for anything under 100. as your dealing with individual factories first hand, the prices can vary pretty wildly. i have seen nucs go from 2 dollars a piece to 7. its a pretty straight forward process to get a quote, and you do get to talk to people, go on and see what you can get, just remember to see what shipping will cost. for the quantaties i was ordering it ended up being cheaper to wait for a sale at mannlake.
I emailed bee-pros. See what happens. Dadant and the other Blue Sky don't have them on their website. No phone number to call. Don't seem like they want to sell them. Just a side gig probably. I let you know if they mail me back.
Bee-pros are a wholesale company. Looks like min. order might be a pallet (400). My wooden box with tops and bottoms are costing me $14 right now. I would bet they are cheaper then that at wholesale price.
With the cardboard nuc, don't seal a nuc in the night before a sale because they will often chew out a ventilation hole and make an exit hole. It's not so bad if you detect it before the customer puts it in the car's back seat and leaves for home, but if you don't, new beekeepers tend to panic when they suddenly have bees all over the windshield.
Thad, how many are you looking for?
Unless you're ready to order thousands in one order, or take your chances strait from china, going with mann lake or strait from mda splitter, mel Disselken(spelling?) would be your best bet.
Also make sure you contact them directly and tell them you are looking for skid quantities. If they know that the pallet will be sold as a whole unit and not opened they can move more on the price.
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