Please do not say that you were not warned about UPS's prohibitive charges.
Could you please let the readers know the dimensions and weight of the box so that they can do there own calculations. Your shipping was from Richmond ( Vancouver ) to Seattle, hard to get closer than that. Can you tell us what the costs for shipping was and what the "brokerage fees, handling etc " was. The shipping cost should not have been too bad considering the distance. Others would have to make an adjustment for their distance. The brokerage etc stuff should, IMHO, be the same whatever the distance. As I said in another post the postal service seems to have a easier approach to fees etc than does UPS. Perhaps that is why UPS makes money and the postal services don't. Take advantage of that situation while it lasts.
Rod from Canada