yep, shipping from or to a residential address is much more expensive than shipping to a business. Economy of scale I suppose. I shipped to Denmark once, that was interesting but actually wasn't all that much more expensive than shipping to places in the US. However, the basic premise of this thread is valid. If you use the USPS, shipping to HI or AK or PR/VI can be done with flat rate boxes. You just have to be able to fit the item in the box. I ship flat rate whenever I can.