I never tried Variotone Warmtone, but I do really like Ilford MGWT FB. What developer are you using? I use Ilford/Harman WT developer and it's a beautiful combination.
Also curious where you are. I just put 3x25 sheets of 8x10 Variotone Warmtone in my cart at Freestyle and calculated shipping and it was only $13 including a couple of other items I had saved to my cart, from California to Georgia. (Deleted the paper - just checking the shipping.) B&H shipping is cheaper for me too, but that seems mainly because NY is much closer to me than CA.