We do our best to get items shipped in a timely manner. Typically items will ship within 1 business day of the date of your purchase. There are rare cases when circumstances require additional handling time. We use automatic carrier calculated shipping at checkout for the actual item shipping cost. It is based on the item weight. If you believe that a shipping quote is too high, please contact us and we will double check the actual shipping cost for you. Please understand that we both work day jobs, and if you have a time-sensitive request, such as a next day air or second day air, please contact us to see if that is a possibility.