Vanilla bean company
Just received an order of vanilla beans from the Vanilla Food Company and I am a believer. I placed the order on Tuesday and received the vanilla beans on Thursday. They're fragrant and moist - vacuum packed - and best of all, a great deal. I ordered 1/4 lb. (they said approx. 25 beans but I got about 30) - cost about $25, including the $7 shipping.
They carry other products as well, mostly for baking. Highly recommended.
Here's a link: http://www.vanillafoodcompany.ca/
I swear I'm not their cousin.
I have used the Costco beans but it's been a while, so I really can't compare. Also I haven't actually made anything with these beans yet. I can't remember what the Costco price was (my local Costco doesn't carry them right now) but I don't think you can beat the Vanilla Company. It was A LOT of beans. I separated them into 5-bean bunches and vacuum-packed each bunch. Then vacuum-packed the whole mess of them. I don't want them drying out. It'll take me years to use them - unless I keep making ice cream.
I really like this company too.
Like Nyleve, delivery was quick.
I made my own Vanilla extract/essence.
As I use up the extract, I put the beans into homemade chai as well as the sugar jar.