I find with a bit of research and effort it is often possible to get VMC hooks at a decent price.
There is a bunch on trademe, 45 3/0 Snapper Steelhead VMC hooks for $10 or 15 8/0 for $10. Which is ok value.
I have also gotten a bulk pack of around 40 VMC probably 10/0 hooks for $10 from rebel sports.
The bulk packs of Gammys are still quite expenisve. I never seen a cheap Owner but they are the best hooks.
Here is a photo of them
http://my.opera.com/Militaris/albums/sh … re=5183012