Yes shipping was high but I already have several others and with limited room to spare I decided I needed this one. Wasn't concerned with price effectiveness. Besides it's only money. I've worked hard for the last 6 decades. Certainly not going to deny myself something over 20 bucks at this point in my life.It's weird, shipping one plant could be like 1/3 the cost of the plant. Not cost effective, plus I don't know when I ever wanted one orchid!