I dont think the taxes and custom fees has anything to do with better economy..even worse..in europe..the better the economy the higher the fees!! Check denmark!! It has best economy in europe..u dont wanna buy something overseas there i understand.
By the way.. Germany has same kind of fees and exactly same pricing as in the netherlands (as all euro countries have same pricing..only taxes differ from the different countries.. I think it has to do with the bigger companies in general..US based companies have a very agressive way in marketing and doing business.. So i guess these importduties are to protect (weaker) european companies from that.but as always us little people pay the bill!!
But still.. Ur taxes are much lower in general..also on ur own products..i know friends who go on holiday to the states just to buy premium goods.. The pricedifference is that big!
Like gas..i pay 1,86euro for a liter superplus (octane 98 BP) for my car!! Last month i filled my car up with gulf challenge gasoline (octane 100..same price as octane 98 here by the way) and i paid 120euro (something more then 60liters i guess) thats 165usd!! For just over 60 liters! And thats because of almost 40 precent of taxes on that!