Ya ik! I might be guilty of letting them charge those prices but......if I were you I would post some wanted adds on Craigslist and if you have a local aquarium forum and see what responses you get. I've found you will do really well to find as many local reefers as possible because you always have coral they don't have and they have coral you don't have.
Zoas can go for reasonable prices on eBay, but you have to factor in shipping. I typically buy on eBay from local (or somewhat local) sellers that allow pick-up or offer inexpensive shipping (priority mail equals almost overnight). My local stores all charge outrageous prices and have very little stock, which is unfortunate.