The manufacturer, NECA, had a discount price if you pre-ordered. Perhaps they had an even lower discount price for big orders from "sellers." Anyway, I love my Freddie doll. It looks like shipping averages about $12, understandably. NECA packaging is excellent. It took me about 1/2 an hour to release Freddie and his microphone from all of the many twist ties. I met a friend for lunch, and being that she had not seen Freddie yet, I brought him with me to Applebee's. He had a good time, good time.
Yes, it was a worthwhile experience.