I agree with the chrome over aluminum that Astro posted.
WOW, I am shocked they send them here to California for chroming. We have some of the most strict air pollution and EPA laws in the country. This is why paint and chroming are so expensive here. I would think they could get it done MUCH cheaper somewhere else. EVERYTHING costs more in California (born and raised here) if it wasn't for the weather I would be long gone.
Maybe you can find a local chrome shop to take them to, that way you cut out the middle man and his mark-up, plus I bet it is cheaper somewhere other than California