Originally Posted by rG-tom
The headphone company are one who I've been looking at, but 200 seems massively over the top given that places in America seem to charge 100usd or so. Also, they ask nearly £100 more for the v3s than importing them Inc shipping!!
Will check cosmic ears out
Bear in mind that with ordering stuff from overseas, custom duties and taxes always have a good chance of pop up, depending on the value declared. Given 1964's reputation, I would say that they'd never understate the package's value even at the customers' requests, and you're very likely to bear import duties + VAT, which will amount up to 20 percent of the total value. Taking into account also shipping costs both ways (likely with insurance) and potential charges involved from fit problems, it makes sense to me how that 100 quid extra is reasonable. Of course there are odds that they might get away not paying anything and the fit might turn out to be perfect, but hey, they're a business and they have to protect themselves, don't they?
Back to main story, how would you feel about getting some customs made in the UK or the EU for the sake of it? There's some of firms based in the EU that offer very good bang for buck, so do check them out. Here's a list of manufacturers based on regions: http://www.head-fi.org/t/541494/multi-custom-iem-review-resource-mfg-list-discussion-24-reviews-ultimate-ears-personal-reference-monitor-added-12-08-12#post_7302111