One more idea if it still exists - I have bought online and from stores, but some of the moistest, and very flavorful vanilla beans I have found were in test tubes from Costco. They were big, long Rodelle beans. Two tubes, each holding five beans. I don't remember how much they cost but I recall it was very reasonable. I still have one sealed tube's worth. It would be worth a call to your local Costco if you have one and are a member.