My point exactly.....but that is shipping cost....over and above the retail cost. So Does Monkey Depot double the retail cost (for whatever reason), and then charge their shipping cost, over and above the high retail?
It's a factor of the landed costs. For example the process looks something like this:
Go Truck Cost Ex-Works Cost (pickup at factory/warehouse -> Distributor picks up -> Distributor adds China side booking/documentation/ACI/customs/ship to port costs, Distributor adds US side sea shipping, brokerage, security, inspection, port/dock fees, insurance, delivery to warehouse, then finally their markup (double digit) to arrive at Dealer Cost -> Dealer adds shipping cost and their margin to the already inflated distributor cost and you arrive at a retail much higher than the retail in China. Monkey depot is going to of course charge shipping on outgoing orders as they would for any other product.
Boxed figures are easier to deal with as the cubing and weight is low, shipment quantities are typically much higher, and multiple releases are combined (this is why US releases are often late) to lower the inbound costs. If you could find a distributor who would take a 20 foot or 40 foot container of Willys, and had dealers taking pallet loads of them at a time the retail would come down.
The math gets really goofy with smaller quantity shipments of larger/heavier items via sea as there are a number of fixed costs in the shipping and import process that you can't avoid. Shipping a few Taowans for example can cost up to a 1/3 of the cost of shipping a container.