I agree with Bad-brew. The shipping has sky-rocketed due fuel, labor costs, higher taxes, etc. You have not tried to ship anything lately if you bitch about NB's shipping rates.
A premium members club would be nice at NB, but the cost per year would be a bit pricey if it included free shipping. I would still probably join since my last order was almost $200.00 in materials and $48.60 more in shipping. Don't mis-understand, that's really fair for what was ordered since I know how much shipping costs.
Brewing is something most of us love to do, NB is not making a profit off their shipping costs so get real, bite the Shipping bullet and BREW ON!