Every couple of years UPS increases their prices or adds on surcharges that either a manufacturer- Service company like us has to eat or pass it on to the customer. UPS is the highest priced shipper at this point in time. FedEx and USPS cost less as a rule. Obviously that can change. USPS and Fedex is what we offer on our website even though we do have a UPS account we choose not to put it on our website due to their higher prices. Se beware that prices everywhere are going up. The Federal Reserve declined an interest rate increase last month because they said prices are not increasing but as you can see by UPS they are. So everything is going up and it will be passed on the the buyer. Companies that sell music gear will either increase their prices or shipping costs or both to cover these increases. It may be so small an amount you won’t notice it if it is spread across a large product line. Here is UPS statement on prices copied verbatim from there distributed email. I wasn’t sure accessorials is a real word so I looked it up and it is. Probably derived somewhere in the legal biz. So buy now or pay later!

UPS 2016 rates information
Effective December 28, 2015*, the following increases will take effect.
• The rates for UPS® Ground services and accessorials will increase an average net 4.9%.

• The rates for UPS Air and International services and accessorials will increase an average net 5.2%. UPS Air Freight rates and accessorials within and between the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will increase an average net 5.2%.

UPS Freight® rates will increase an average net 4.9%, effective October 26, 2015.

Other changes
• On November 2, 2015, the Over Maximum Limits fee will increase to $110 for packages in the UPS system that are above the maximum weight or size.

• Beginning January 4, 2016, there will be a charge for UPS’s Third-Party Billing Service.