I just received my first crickets through mail, and only 5 dead out of all 500 plus crickets. I ordered them from Ghann's Cricket Farm, and I am seriously impressed. Arrived in 23 hours after I ordered them, and they all look healthy and plump, not like the ones you would normally get from pet stores. They are even have the bright, hydrated coloration, unlike pet store crickets. Still, I am going to gutload them before feeding the hungry critters, and enjoy knowing it was well worth the 20 dollars spent. Another thing I am impressed with is how I counted a single side of the egg crate and I gave up at 300 before I finished one side. So, I am guessing they ship extra to ensure that the proper number are alive on arrival. For anyone else in the south east, I would serious recommend ordering from Ghann's!