Ed, was it you who asked about shipping to Brisbane? That's extortion, even if it's canadian dollars. (Refering to the seller.) I just get really annoyed at sellers who charges so much more for shipping unless it's express or overnite. I once paid $20 for shipping within the States and the label showed it only cost $3.20 and came only after 4 days.
j - ya in ur case thats a bit much but remember if u pay 20$ and shipping is lets say 13$. Don't forget the seller has to include costs such as travel, packageing and such. Sometimes if its a flat rate shipping then thats how it is. Thats the advantage to a flat rate price but you are also risking yourself to losing money.