What does it cost to ship? From the outside, the question seems innocent, innocuous even. Our world revolves around costs, so how could they be so difficult to determine? Every day people are easily accessing and comparing the costs of new cars, real estate, electronics, cupcakes, airfare, groceries and gasoline. So shouldn’t it be easy to access the same information about the full cost of shipping?
My parents gave me a Polaroid camera on my 13th birthday. It was exhilarating. I took endless pictures of friends, outings and tween-induced costumes with the push of a single button and watched anxiously as the white film disappeared into a colorful, captured image right before my eyes. It was instant gratification. Mostly, that is. Changing film packs, buying new pieces and lugging around the equipment put a slight damper on my growth as a photographer, and soon the array of mishaps outweighed the once beloved gift.