On the brighter side of thing, stuff under 1k doesn't get taxed by import duties in Aussie. So you could easily get an used Lcd2 with fully-insured shipping.
Doing that here in the EU will cost you 20% VAT together with handling fee . Still I got my He-6 cheaper than either the He500 or Lcd2 retail price (700 and 875 GBP respectively)
man that vat tax is a killer. I thought prices in asia were pretty bad but europe is a whole new level. I usually purchased expensive headphones like HE-6, HE-500, LCD 2.2 used and have it shipped to my friend's in america. During my business trip i go and pick it up
when you buy luxury product with american prices, no taxes/shipping wit yen (wit last yr's rate not current) = total currency win.