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.