I went to the PO on Friday and discovered that it was going to cost $70 to ship my package! Needless to say, I spent the weekend reassessing, crafting, and rewrapping. I was able to reduce the weight of the package by just over half and I'm feeling much better about shipping now, even tho I'm bummed that I can't afford to send some of the things I wanted to. Lesson learned, that's for sure!
I hear you! I did the same, I had wanted to send extras, edible extras, but when I weighed everything it was exactly at the upper limit of the weight class and extras would have pushed up the price a lot. It is also worth checking if it is cheaper to send two smaller packages than one large. That is the case for me, postal rules are just strange..
for everyone who is looking at eye-popping shipping, check out this thread, it is for international shipping, but has some good tips for keeping costs down even if you are shipping domestically http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=404190.0
our shipping rates from Ireland suck, the UK is literally an hour away by plane and yet it costs the same to ship to there as australia..
I will be sending out this week, I just need to get a larger mailer!