Quoted from Mbecker:
So for the nib newb -- how does shipping usually work, is it always extra or is it free sometimes? Less if I use a distributor close by? Or do many people just pick up their game direct and drive it home? I'm assuming with shipping they work with you so you can be there to receive it?
My last NIB's all came from RL Carriers (JJP and Stern) and the shipping was just worked into my agreed final price. That said, if you want to arrange a shared / bulk shipping or pickup you could probably get a couple hundred off your final bill.
I don't know if it has changed any from Stern since my last NIB from them last year but I would expect it more or less still just works this way. The average price for a palleted pin, shipping in the States is about $250-$325 and that is through bulk buys, usually through a freight aggregator. More for you and I if we go out and arrange it on our own.