Please note the website has always said "free shipping on all US pre-orders".
As for the costs, the suit is huge and heavy. It alone weighs about 8lbs, not including the packaging.
As for the method, I am only using the best services available so I can insure, track, and confirm delivery. Most shipments will be done with Fedex. The prices of shipping have gone up significantly recently, and if you check the normal rates on Fedex.com you will find my rates are about half of what they charge. Don't believe me? Check for yourself.
That's great that you have been able to find cheaper shipping for other clothing companies, but they probably do a larger volume, and therefor get lower rates than I do. Also, some of the companies you mentioned have had extreme issues with shipping their items ON TIME.
I wasn't even going to offer international sales, but decided if people were willing to pay for it, then I would. If you find the prices are too high, don't buy one! I completely understand- Its doesn't make sense to buy a $45 hoodie if the shipping will cost another $40.
If you are able to find some friends in your area who are all interested in getting some stuff, round everyone up, let me know what you want, and I would be happy to cover part of the shipping myself for larger orders.
Thanks, and I'm sorry the cost of shipping internationally is so high.