Most people were willing to chip in for postage so no, not really. I've been around since pretty much the beggining, shipping has gone up a lot for sure and it's harder to shell out that extra for a gift on a random person but the older times were more "you found it? I'll pay shipping, thank you so much"
Like I said, we still have great members
I know people did/do cost plus shipping, that was my point. If I offer to grab a clearance game for someone that is $10 add tax and shipping its $16 bucks. If you can get it locally for $15-20 getting someone to ship is kind of a waste. Higher shipping makes it harder to find stuff to share where shipping does not kill the deal.