A few years ago, a friend tipped us off to a vanilla bean seller on eBay who was selling a pound of vanilla beans very cheaply. We checked out the listing and made a bid; within a few hours we had won a pound of vanilla beans for $12. Holy mackerel!eBay can be a good place to find great deals on many things, including food. We purchased the vanilla beans from the Organic Vanilla Bean Company
, and the beans arrived in great shape and were used to prepare many wonderful dishes.
In retrospect, we got lucky. We dealt with a reputable seller who had a really good product. Sometimes this isn't always the case on eBay, so caveat emptor.
Here's some finds: