The shipping cost will depend on how you ship, if the item is picked up by UPS driver (cost more), dropped off at a UPS counter or dropped off at a authorized shipping agent (cost more). If you drop it off at a UPS counter, that would be the cheapest method but they are only open at select times. Around here is 4:15PM to 5:30PM M-F. Any other methof the cost goes up at least 10-20%, then you also have to condsider the cost to package an item. Those materials are not free!! Then the cost to drive to the shipping counter, wait in line for 30 minutes etc. What it says for cost on the shipping label it just what UPS charged, you have to figure in the packaging materials, which everyone assumes the seller should have to absorb I guess. If shipping costs bother you, there are other altenatives, shop locally.
Example-a year of so ago I shipped an fan shroud to CA, I packed it good in a large box and dropped it off myself, cost about $14. The buyer claimed it was cracked when he got it and wanted to send it back. I said go ahead, so he went to a shipping center (Nat's chain store), had them box and ship it. Cost to send it back to me UPS was about $30, he sent me the bill. UPS insurance covered it although I had to wait 6 weeks. btw-I came back totally busted as the packing was terrible, I know it never was like that because the guy had sent me photo's showing the first damage and it was minimal compared to what came back, about 7 pieces.
[This message has been edited by elcamino (edited 10-05-2001).]