My parents moved to England to retire this past year. They grew up there, and I guess they missed it. Anyway, Christmas is here and the Mrs. and I wanted to send them a parcel of things that were hard to get or not available at all in England. My dad wanted some Champion socks and Dave's hot sauce; my mom wanted some Swiffer pads, pistachios and Pirate Booty popcorn. Just miscellaneous crap that you miss if you move and you can't get it anymore. So I load this stuff into a cardboard box and take it to UPS. It is the closest delivery place to our house, and well, I assumed that they (UPS, Fedex, et al) all pretty much charged the same. Dude at the counter weighs the box (~22 lbs), asks where it's going (England) and tells me that their shipping rates START at $391. Not next-day air, not express... that was their starting price. After a combination of literally choking on my own rage and laughing out loud, I told the guy there was no way in hell I was paying that damned much, gathered my stuff and left. Next stop, Fedex. Their rates were marginally better; they only wanted $300. I was getting discouraged by this point, and bewildered. They were acting like I wanted to ship a freaking Stradivarius or a Ming vase, not popcorn and socks. I was thinking that I'd just hold onto the stuff for them until March, when they're coming to visit. Almost as an afterthought, I stopped at the USPS on the way back, expecting to hear the same exorbitant rates. Imagine my surprise when the lady quoted me $69! I asked her "Do you know how much UPS was wanting to charge me, for this same box? $391. You people just made my day!" She said "Yeah, they seem to charge a lot more, and you know what the worst thing is? For international shipping, they'll just come and drop it off at our loading dock, and we ship it for them." I've never been more shocked and appalled at such sheer highway robbery as demonstrated by UPS. They were just going to take my $391, drop it off at the USPS, and pocket the difference. They're dead to me as a company now; it's just as well that their company color is brown, because they ain't worth a ****.