Wow, $5 seems too much for hops, IMO. If it were that much, I'd buy bulk myself. My LHBS sells them for $2, but with my 10% discount on grains and hops as a Tampa Bay Beers Club member, I get them for 1.80/oz. I realize I could save a bit more money by going bulk, but I don't have an air-tight machine, thing, lol. Or the space atm to store them. Plus, my LHBS is incredible and they've helped me so much, I really like buying from them.