I would look on some FB groups that the breeders hang out at - there is one in Florida named First Coast Bettas, one in Texas named Lone Star Bettas, California has California Betta Society, etc.. join a group such as that (or all of them) and post asking to purchase a fish.. most breeders will either give you one for free (just the cost of shipping) or for cheap. Sometimes you may end up paying more if you choose a show quality or from their breeding stock.
You post wanting a fish, if someone offers one you want then you will pay them through Paypal.. which will take the money out of your bank account. And they will ship the fish to you either Mon, Tues, Wed depending on what shipping you want (priority is cheaper and in many ways better than express.. usually $10-15 is charged for priority shipping). With this heat wave going around, you may be requested to pay for express ($30-35) to guarantee a live arrival (priority doesn't have guarantee).
Once you say you want a fish, they'll email you a paypal invoice in which you pay, you will give them your mailing address and that is it.
If you buy one off of AB, to go cheaper I would make sure it's from an American breeder (there are a couple of them I would stay away from - won't name names here) so ask if you are unsure of the breeder.. but basically you opt to buy it now, or bid on it - either way you will then be sent an invoice with paypal, pay it.. confer with the breeder about address and it's shipped the next available day (usually fish are not shipped Thur-Sat).
Not a hard process.. if you import you then are paying more money and it can take weeks to get.
Unfortunately it will be a few weeks minimum before I have any available.. limited stock at the moment, have a 100+ growing out now, but they won't be ready for a few more weeks or I would help ya :(
Last edited by Myates; 08-27-2013 at 10:00 AM.