I haven't received it yet but I will be checking it out. Unfortunately, I have to drive 3 hours to get to a bee supply place. I think I'll have to consolidate all my orders and get my stuff when I'm traveling in that direction. I suppose that I could look on the high charges as saving the cost of gas for driving that distance.
Dadant is about 40 miles from me, much closer. BUT they're open only on weekdays, until 5. That means I have to leave work early to get there before they close. Yeah, and pay for gas. When I need extra hive parts, and shipping would have been $40, I drove.
Darn, those things are expensive to ship!
The nucs I bought this summer had a $30 shipping charge; the actual amount was about $26, so I thought that was reasonable.
I think this is hardest on those of us just starting out. We don't always know what we'll need, so it's hard to "buy ahead." And dang, but they just don't sell this stuff at Walmart!
By the way, apparently, Sears used to sell beekeeping stuff, including bees and queens. Not too surprising, given their catalog business and catering to rural communities, I guess. Cool thing though.