I heard on the news this morning that most people buy online things that include free shipping. Which of course is stupid. These companies are simply adding the cost of shipping into their cost. Part of that is because its easier for them. Trying to figure out rates is nothing but a headache. I know for me its easier to do it like that. Trying to figure out the postage to Alaska from Tennessee is a nightmare. My advice is try and use as many flat rate boxes as possible. Even then it can be a tricky situation.