Hm. I would agree that sounds high. Any chance you selected 2nd Day Air or Next Day Air? Unfortunately, shipping is linked directly to UPS, so its generated directly from UPS’s estimate based on the size of the box required for the equipment ordered. Ground UPS is more reasonable in my opinion, as I think don’t think UPS’s hike for expedited services is worth the extra cost.
A Vivout kit includes a sign post which leads to a bigger box, but I still would not expect that much for Ground UPS shipping for that sized order. We do not make money on shipping. Our equipment is offered as a convenience for clients, as our real aim is to to provide the best service out there, so items are priced as low as we can go. The “discount” for a kit is the free sign and stickers, but the pricing is the same for the other pieces of equipment as purchasing them ala carte.