Common added expense to any mail order item. Many people consider this a hidden, or sneaky way for companies to jack up the price on so-called sale items. While it's true that you should always consider S&H when shopping, it's not always some evil ploy. Most people figure every company in the world is big enough to get UPS to ship stuff for 10 cents, but this isn't true. And the "handling" costs can be even worse. Most catalogs have more people working in the warehouse than in the call center. In general, companies lose money on S&H.