Unless it is a 1 piece rod then I think someone is trying to make extra cash on shipping. I have personally bought 2 piece 12 footers off ebay and had them shipping from South Carolina to DFW for 30 bucks a rod. If it is a 1 piece you might have to go get it or find a big rig driver who is coming from that area to this area and kick em some cash. Honesty I was surprised when I received my 6' packages in decent shape.
A five spot for a shot and a beer? And you wonder how we wound up here.