That is completely untrue, just very few ship them in hobbyist quantity, HRA being one of them http://www.honeyrunapiaries.com/nwc-queens/orders/#cellsnobody ships cells
-480 cells shipped= $1920
-480 queens shipped=$7,200
-95% of mated queens shipped are good layers, don't get superceded, or don't become drone layers=456 now your $15.00 queen was $0.80 more
-80% survival rate of cells mated(480)=384 so your 384 queens costed $5.00 a piece. You loose brood rearing time but if you are getting them for requeening it is a no brainer when pinching pennies.
-Occasionally you get 90%+ with cells and sometimes you get 50% just like sometimes you can get 99% mated queens good and other times it may be 80% after a month goes by and they get superceded anyway.
-Shipping cells works for me otherwise I wouldn't being doing it for the 4th year.
I just got through 120 nucs that i made 21 days ago with cells shipped from miksas i had a 82% take i think it would have been better but some of the hives that i split from were not that great and i can tell those are a high % of the ones that didnt take. this is the second year i have gotten shipped cells from them always been happy so far.
That was my thought too - well, that no-one in their right mind would ever think about shipping a queen cell - and was most surprised to read msl's post.nobody ships cells,