I just got in touch with a guy who's offered to pick up packages in CA and drop them off on his way back to Seattle in April. We're figuring we can get far better prices than what's retailed (as much as I love our local store, with as many colonies as I have I can't afford retail prices) Since I live close to the I-5 corridor in SE Portland, I've offered to host a pick-up site at my place. There's more information on the OSBA message board (I'm new, so I can't post URL, but google Oregon State Beekeepers Association) if you're interested, and you can PM me from there. (MichelleB)
If you only need one package or are just starting out, by all means support the local retailer. They'll come through for you in a pinch.