used to be much cheaper!
Ugh.I think it's everywhere. It has caused me to not buy several things lately. Or wait and buy a bunch at once, in hopes the total price per pound isn't quite as bad. Amazon isn't always helpful either..... I'm noticing the price of some things are higher there than if I get them at a brick and mortar store. My guess is it helps offset the cost of "free" shipping. Happy to be able to ship at/support brick and mortar places before Amazon, but they don't always have what I am looking for.
Yippee, I’m pretty sure the price jump is mainly due to the fact that UPS has recently started to charge a premium for weights of 50 pounds and over. Some distributors have started to remove some flour from a 50 pound bag to reduce the weight and get a price drop.
But I have to say, $65 for 50 pounds would be a real deal for me. It cost much more to ship weight to south Louisiana.
CM's courier FedEx increased the rate drastically.
P.S. If you ever want to purchase CM's products through one of its distributors, here's the one in LA:
I think this issue is fixed. I went to Central Milling's site and got sticker shock at the shipping quote like you did. I live in a neighboring state to CM. I order 5 lbs of assorted flours at a time,and I do it quarterly to keep it fresh and based on my needs. My last few orders, the FedEx shipping was about $15.00. This time, the site quoted $76.00 which is higher than the product total.
So I called CM. I can understand increased shipping cost, but not 500% so my theory was that something was wrong with the shipping calculator. The nice man at CM said he'd look into it, and I went to the site the following day, same order now $17.00 shipping. Give it a try. Happy baking!