I know of at least one club which pools its members orders of woodenware so that they can benefit from reduced shipping costs. They purchase from one of the less known suppliers and the savings can drive the per hive costs for an 8-frame setup to about $110. That's for 5 medium boxes, 50 frames (no foundation), solid cedar bottom board and a migratory top. Pretty good when you compare to the prices charged by the larger suppliers. Worth considering if their are a group of you in the same area looking to add hives and transition to the 8-frame system.
With Western Bee, this time of year, you can get 5 medium supers (either 8 or 10 frame) with 50 frames and 50 sheets of foundation for $80.00. Add a bottom board and migratory top and you're still under $100.00. If you with 8 frames you can add a 6th budget rate box as you'll have enough frames and foundation and come closer to the $100.00 mark. Then add about $30.00 for shipping. Still a pretty good deal. Double the order or go in with someone else and you can increase your dollar value and reduce your shipping cost.