@bluedolphin-- American hackleback caviar is a great gift idea for special occasions. It doesn't break the bank and it tastes quite good. As long as it's transported in the right conditions, it will be fine. If a company is shipping the caviar, the will overnight it and take all necessary precautions to protect the caviar with ice packs, etc. But I bet you could find it locally too. Caviar is best fresh and icy cold (but not frozen like the article said. Some brands even offer these as a gift pack along with special crackers to serve them with.
Even though hackleback is basically the most affordable caviar out there, it still has to be reserved for special occasions. If one gets into the habit of having this special treat frequently, it does get costly. I speak from experience. It's my favorite type of caviar. The fact that it has a lower cost doesn't make it an inferior product. I actually think it's better than sevruga, creamier.