Mostly right Josh, the bee sales market in NZ has mostly been filled by nucs, packages has not been done much internally.
But part of my own early background was selling bees to Canada and (in those days) Iran, before politics messed that up. I like doing packages and am good at it.
After a bad autumn requiring me to do a lot of rescue work through winter the bees came through super strong this spring, so yes I'm selling. To commercials and hobbyists. Commercials for example a queen breeder who is using them to stock mating nucs, and a manuka producer who is using them to quickly boost weaker colonies so they are strong early to get a manuka crop. Also some people with hives damaged over winter by oxalic staples or whatever to bring struggling hives back.
I sell to hobbyists also which seems to be mostly so they can use them set up new hives.
I'm fully committed for now won't be doing any more this spring.
here's a video of how packages are made by a team. The part not shown in this video is the first bit, where boxes of dry combs are put over an excluder, then the bees are smoked and drummed up into it with a rubber hammer. Now I'm a one man band I do it by finding the queen then shaking the bees from the brood boxes.