A knitpicks or Webs/knitpro starter set is only $20 and there's 3 needle tips in it and 2 cords. Yes there's shipping, but not a lot, certainly not $10, if you figure your 2 needles were $10 each. Most of my needles came from craft/fabric stores and I don't think even the newer ones were that much at full retail but I always use the coupons to get them. And yeah, I have a lot of duplicates in 6 sizes in the middle of the ones I use the most.
sue- knitting heretic