We strive to keep our shipping rates low and make them simple so our customers know what they will pay upfront without having to load everything into the cart to see how much shipping will be charged. It is one of my personal pet peeves with some other companies.
Shipping companies have continued to increase their rates each year and USPS has increased its rates twice within just a few months. With the increasing cost of fuel and inflation in general, the situation is only going to get worse for awhile.
To partially offset these increases, we are adjusting the point at which we offer free shipping to orders of $150 or more. We will continue to maintain our current flat rate of $9.95 on orders under $150 for now along with no minimum order requirement as I think that is important to hold as long as it is possible for our smaller customers.