I started beekeeping this year and was lucky enough to find a vendor still excepting orders in March of this year. I called several vendors from the list provided by Dadant on their website and only Koehnen had some available. The package arrived in good shape and they did well this season. I'm looking to buy a few more packages and started calling vendors from all over the country and find that many no longer offer package for sale and if they do they don't ship. I'm know there are vendors in California that I could buy from but my question is why are some vendors getting out of the business? Is it that the market for packaged bees is shrinking or is it too hard of a business to maintain? Just wondering if anyone has any insight into this.