Let's not start bashing the companies that are supplying us robot builders with materials for our hobby... Companies like Pololu, Acroname, Budget Robotics, Sparkfun, etc. are all great companies, but are very small and don't have the opportunity to make lots of money with high volume sales. These companies are trying to provide good quality products and excellent customer service and still squeek out a meager profit (which they are most entitled to!). To help keep product cost down, they need to offset their costs with shipping and handling charges that enable them to make a "reasonable" profit. Unless someone can show me a picture of the owners of Pololu on their own private mega-yaght, I do not believe that we should be questioning their pricing and shipping charges.