Are these really supposed to be so much rarer then the Andorian Sleigh Bells? I know random is random, but I seem to get 10:1 bells to beads, and the exchange price for beads is about 10x what it is for bells, which might indicate that is actually the case. If they are really supposed to be so much rarer then maybe you should make the blue quality for future years.
Um, they're not rarer. It's just that the RNG hates you. Sorry.
they are definately rarer, and there are many indications that support this:
everybody in zone chat asks for them or trades insane amounts of other stuff for them.
both fleets i'm in the bajoran things were the last to be filled up.
all across my toons i have 10+ of any other holidy stuff including the andorian bells, yet beads i only have 5 all together.
Yeah - it's a sneaky little con-job - compared with the Andorian Bells the Beads should be rare (blues) but then Cryptic would have to have reduced the quantity needed for the store items - they're definitely rarer than the Bells (in the Doff missions too).