The price is about the same here in Japan. You can actually ship much cheaper if packing is minimum but I wouldn't take that kind of risk. Though I've received a guitar in just a thin gig bag with no packing at all a couple of times. It made me want to the seller but I think I was just lucky nothing happened to it.I live in a small European country no one cares about.
For $28 you can stick a shipping label on an unboxed guitar case, and the guitar will arrive in perfect condition.... via regular post.
I have received two guitars this way from lazy sellers. I always box when I ship....
Usually it takes 1 or 2 days to arrive.
Reading these horror stories in America makes me thank and respect to delivery guys here.