The J201 is obsolete and very popular for guitar projects so demand has driven up the price.
There are cheap deals from Asia on eBay but many of these parts are counterfeit or out of spec
Many of us have switched to the MMBFJ201 - The SMD version of the J201 which has supplanted the through hole version
I bought the MMBFJ201 and adapter boards from diyguitarpedals.com but unfortunately they are out of stock of both right now. The MMBFJ201 is available from mouser for $0.36 but I’m not sure where else to buy the adapter boards
SMD J201's is where its at these days. You might get lucky and find some legit J201's but overal the only through hole J201's you'll find will be fakes. Order anything out of production from China at your own peril.
Why'd they go outta production, when so many people still use them....? That's weird.
Because usage of JFET's for guitar pedals was peanuts to IC and transistor manufacturers. When the real big boys like the computer industry stopped using through hole and went SMD there was just no money to be made making them. And that applies to more and more IC's and transistors. So better get used to SMD soldering and adapters cause its going to get worse.