They may just be passing the cost along. I own a mail order company. and shipping to Canada can be expensive (and slow). I almost hate to sell to Canadians because they get mad at us due to shipping costs and the long transit times. Unless you can stage product ahead of time in a Canadian Warehouse, shipping from the US to Canada is more expensive and difficult
I understand the replies. But i have ordered many products from the States that didn't require that level of shipping cost. Perhaps those vendors were passing the shipping costs directly in the price.
For now - it will just mean I don't buy from Acurite directly and will wait for a different option at some future date. Or a different technology completely. I already have a bricked Acurite Bridge - so maybe this is yet another reason to consider alternatives.