Shapeways will only release its orientation tool in the next few weeks. In many cases that will be the first moment you will actually know what the prices will be. It's all about support material and machine space.
The price changes are generally okay for smaller items, but some modules of my Hotchkiss H39 have gone up in price. Real bummer, even if it is only a relatively small percentage of the total price. Some designers are really hurt by the price changes, with models going up 400%.
Glad you came out okay.