Agreed on that.
It's getting to be like the cr*p they sell on TV - where the shipping is about the same as the advertised price (in best case scenario). Sometimes, the item is actually sold as "free [you just pay the P&H - and of course, they never mention the P&H on air]". Or another version of it is "Buy one, get the second free [you just pay the P&H on the second one]". In all of these cases, the P&H is about what you'd expect to pay in toto anyway.
Anyway, it is ridiculous to pay 38$ shipping on a $49 item, unless you live in Timbaktu or something. I can't believe those are the prices for shipping to the good old US of A.
And some folks need to stop being fanboys and see the forest behind the trees.
(One of the best lines I've seen on this board lately)