$8?!?! That is a steal, IMHO. Here in Nebraska the liquid yeast is $10 or greater at several LHBS. Does it stink that the price changed? Yes. But, if you look at the online places like northernbrewer, more beer, or midwest supplies. The liquid cultures are just a shade under $7. When you factor in shipping, that easily pushes it over $8 whether it is your LHBS, or you buy online. Is it inconvienent and a disappointment for you? Yes, but it is all matter of perspective I guess. It is a business after all, and your LHBS has to make a profit to stay in business. Costs on all home brew raw materials and gas has gone up in the last few years. It all gets passed onto the consumer. Commericialism at it's finest. But, I don't think $8 is that bad.