Our US domestic shipping and handling rate of $9.99 may seem high to professional online shoppers but there is a reason for this. While USPS is the cheapest method, we usually ship via Fedex Ground. Fedex is not the cheapest but we have had good service when something goes wrong. Many of our shipments via Fedex Ground actually cost MORE than $9.99.
Another reason is because we try and ship the ESS in a small cardboard box instead of a bubble padded envelope.
We would not want to receive a $200+ product in an envelope ourselves.
If we ship USPS, the balance of the shipping charge is applied to our outsourcing partners who pack the units for us as a handling fee.
Stage 10 does not make money off shipping. (^^)