I asked them to explain the excessive markup and they gave me a song and dance about shipping costs and import taxes. Import taxes aren't that much and they they aren't shipping them here one at time, they are getting crates of inventory for one flat rate. Then they said I could order from an EU dealer but it would obviously cost more... uh huh... The USA distributor is just greedy, and excessively so. I'd have been happy to pay a little more to avoid all the footwork I had to do, but they went too far.