Thanks for your feedback Ghorley! We could offer free shipping, but then we'd have to markup our products to cover the difference. Because we all know, the cost shipping of shipping has to be covered somewhere... :) Our goal is to be transparent with both product and shipping prices. Some companies choose to "hide" the shipping cost in the product price (i.e. Amazon), which can psychologically make it easier for the customer to accept. We have decided to show shipping costs that are closer to what it actually costs us, and thus keep our product pricing lower. We ship large, bulky products that are not heavy - but size affects rates just as much as weight! We continually negotiate rates with our carriers to keep them as low as possible but at the end of the day, our big boxes are just expensive to ship.