I’ve bought 4 times from a store that will go without mention that is located in Japan.
One order was over $200, so shipping was free. The other was UNDER $200, so I had to pay shipping, but it was still less expensive than some other stores, mainly due to a promotional sale. That’s how I got the Positron I have.
The next order was around $75. I had to add some extra items in there to make the order justify the $13 shipping.
I recently purchased over $292 of stuff, which arrived yesterday.
I haven’t had to pay any customs tax, pay any duties or anything. The only thing I didn’t like about this order was that the customs officials were rather obvious about going through the packing slip and didn’t bother to make an effort to close the clear window holder back up. The packages have never been opened until I opened them.
I’m sure there’s some magic number where above that you might have to pay some sort of tax or duty on it. I just don’t know what that number is.
As far as shipping is concerned, I’m shocked at how fast it arrives. No offense intended, but it is as fast coming to the USA west coast from Japan as it does for YYE to ship to me from east coast to west coast. I’m rarely concerned about fast timelines when it comes to shipping yoyos. I typically place the order on a Friday, and due to the time difference, it doesn’t go out until Saturday. With YYE, I order whenever I feel like it.
Note that I shop a lot by price, so I factor in “what is this really going to cost me”, and shipping palys a role. Also, if I don’t see what I want with domestic sellers, I go to where I can find it(if it exists).