Shipping rates through Canada Post are ludicrous. If you are a recognized bookseller you are eligible for fairly substantial savings through the Canadian Booksellers Association. The association has worked out a deal with Canpar courier that gives us reduced rates and the reductions are substantial. A typical regional delivery with Canada Post will cost close to $7.00 while the Canpar rates are between $4.00 and $6.00, multiply that out by a few books a day and your bottom line will start to feel it. Non-regional packages can cost over $10.00 but with Canpar only around $6.50. Of course you need to be a dues paying member of the CBA but it’s a small percentage of what you’ll save and it will go towards a clear voice for our industry.