Yunnan Sourcing's US site offers free shipping for all orders over $100:
https://yunnansourcing.us/pages/welcome ... -allergens
Farmerleaf offers free shipping for all orders over $30:
Hatvala offers free shipping on all orders over $70:
Moychay offers worldwide free shipping on all orders over $130:
The point was that this is kind of normal. Of course vendors are building that cost back into their product pricing, but per my understanding if you compare product pricing and quality between Mei Leaf and all of those vendors Mei Leaf won't match up, even without shipping expense factored in on their end.
Don't take my word for it though, vary your tea sourcing, and decide for yourself. If Mei Leaf can sell your personal favorites at reasonable pricing then what I've just said is wrong. I haven't been trying their products for years, since they re-branded (changed company name 4 years ago), so I'm only passing on an out of date impression and standard hearsay at this point, the most common opinion one runs across online.