All depends on who you are ordering from. You really have to research their stock and their reputation. If I was going for SQ birds, I'd pay through the nose for a trio of adult stock from a reputable breeder, then hatch my own chicks.
I like to hatch, can't stand the thought of chicks in a box going throu PO handling, so I'll keep ordering shipped eggs until I have enough good adults to hatch from.
All depends on your goals and how much time and money you have to get there.
You said it much better, lol...