Guess how much it cost to ship?
$154 -- approximately $1 in shipping for every $4 that I spent on product. I was prepared to pay that in case the package was insanely big or heavy; I didn't know
I just checked the rates at Canada Post: for a package this size, sent regular mail, the estimated cost is under $55; on the UPS website, the list price is $85. So why am I paying almost double that?
Luckily I happen to know a logistics expert, and decided to take the opportunity to cool my vitriol by rationally asking him what was going on.
He explained that some vendors actually do use their shipping services like a revenue stream, even though this seems immoral to me; it's standard practice to charge the 'list price' (what the shipper's website will quote) plus 30-50%. In this case, they're going a little over the top and charging the list price + 100%.
The good news here is that I can set up my OWN account with UPS, their preferred shipper, and then I can pay for shipping on delivery and pay only a small surcharge of $8 to $12 on the list price.
So here's to good friends, and better margins for artisans and small businesses!