Yeah, the prices are decent for sellers, but the plants at the auctions have been far higher than retail. Single plants going for 150% of what bunches go for. A 3/4" rhizome of Anubis nana for $16. Those pots net you five or six 1/2-3/4" rhizomes.
Like you said, great for the sellers, but confusing and frustrating for the plant enthusiasts.
TFSRI is a bit far for me to make it to meetings unfortunately. You guys seem to have a decent group of breeders. The club out this was has a great group of people, but it is a bit of an older crowd and it seems like breeding programs are tapering off and interest in plants doesn't go mich beyond providing natural spawning or hiding places, so it is mostly the old standbys and simple slow growers.
I need to get some plant growout containers going for next year. Some simple setups for java moss, java fern, and find a fast growing broad leaf plant. Just use water change water for the nutrients and put some cheap LEDs over it.
I usually feel kind of guilty using the quick reply... my replies are rarely quick.