I do mean Surfas for the NM vanilla but in your case it would cost you more in gas than it would cost to pay them shipping.
But if you plan to be in the area (Culver City) it's soooo...worth stopping in...It's a chef's heaven (and I'm not even a chef). Although it is not a cake decorating supply shop, they have a lot of supplies and a lot of food-related items eg. bulk chocolates, flavoring extracts and oils, etc. Then there's the cake pans, cutters, and all sorts of random stuff I can't even begin to list. That still leaves the rest of the store and its restaurant supplies, including the food section: jams and jellies and oils and vinegars and gourmet pantry products, frozen section, I go there from time to time just to window shop and dream! >>sorry everyone else, a little OT here<<<
(ps I don't think that was me but there is at least one other LA CCer with a similar name to mine
Jopalis: I have not tried the Costco vanilla, I would be interested to know how it stacks up against the NM but I would be surprised if it is as good. As with every type of product, quality differs from manufacturer to manufacturer and oftentimes you really do get what you pay for. According to the NM website (Ok I realize this is a marketing blurb) "Q: Does all vanilla taste the same? A: No, taste depends on a number of factors. The country of origin of the vanilla beans, maturity of the beans when picked, curing method used of the beans and the extraction method used to produce the extract all will influence the final flavor profile."