I have never, nor would I ever buy kandi. All of the kandi that I currently have was either traded, or given to me by friends or my fellow ravers— or made by your’s truly.
If you have to buy it, it’s not really kandi— at that point, it’s just beads strung together. Kandi isn’t meant to be mass-produced and sold in stores. It’s not meant to be sold at all. Its supposed to be made with love, and traded with friends and soon-to-be-friends.
Buy some beads, watch a few tutorials if you need to, and start making some cute stuff yourself! Even if you don’t go to raves, you can still find a boatload of ravers on tumblr/facebook that do snail mail trades. :)