They are charging a premium for east coast if it’s $40 but it probably costs about $20-25 + residential address on each order is $5-10 plus packing material (ups charges a ton for residential addresses). I don’t think you guys know what shipping costs now with ups. High ticket items needed to be insured. Then the box, packing materials and labor. USPS isn’t viable due to it being being impossible to file an insurance claim. Residential and rural deliveries can add up quick. Also if the customer puts in the wrong address ups charges $13 to correct it or will return it to you and you can’t get that back. I would say depending on the customer back east you are looking at maybe $8-12 over what it cost to actually ship, unless they don’t do the volume and are hiring a 3rd party to help when shipping happens which includes labor.
UPS has a few speeds. Ground which is what is the default, 3 day, 2 day, next day and next day am. 2 day going from California to New York on a 3 lb package can cost $65+. It’s really funny hearing people talk about shipping because Amazon spoiled all of you.