I am sure most of us here have a pita with post costs- no matter what size the package is the cost for registered mail is around $10 etc....for rapid postage we pay much more for EU UPS and FEDEX (which incur import duty etc.)
However, this one really puts inflated post costs in perspective:
I purchased a set of spring bars form a member in Southern Australia: he posted bars in a letter (normal post) on last Friday (3rd aug). The bars arrived here in Ireland today Tuesday 7th August. And it was a public holiday yesterday.
10,311 miles in 3 working days (- 1 day holiday)- that is impressive.