Originally Posted by kapone
So, long story short, for you European guys, it's pretty much around $500 shipped, per chassis.
That may be true for some of us europeans, but not all...
I live in Norway and what I've done is to use the service of a freightforward-company, instead of using FedEx/UPS which is much more expencive.
I bought my Norco 4020 from ipcdirect.net and had them ship to a freightforward-company that serves Norway, Sweden and Denmark (jetcarrier.com), for a total of $340. Then Jetcarrier will ship the goods either by plane or by ship over to their HQ in Norway and then use normal mail-service to ship to the end-customer.
Since I'm an impatient person I went for the expencive, but fast, air-freight which costs me aprox $144, but had I gone for the much cheaper ship-freight it would have cost me only $50, but it would have taken me about 3-4 weeks to get the package.
All in all the case will cost me $340 + 25% Norwegian VAT + $144 = $569, but thats because I went for the faster and expencive freight-option. By ship it would have cost me $475. Had I gone for the international shipping through UPS from iPCDIRECT.net the bill would have ended up at aprox $755 + 25% Norwegian VAT = $944.
When I now see the total cost, I do realize its not too far off your $500ish mark, so I guess I really shouldnt have done this calculations and post at all... (hobbies are always much more expencive than you think)
Anyways, its cheaper than buying the Lian-Li Cube and 4in3/5in3 drivebays, and lots cheaper than using international freight with UPS.
Now, I dont know of any other freightforward-companies that serves the rest of europe, but I highly doubt that a bunch of Norwegians are the only guys here in Europe that has come up with such an idea...
I dont know how much VAT the other countries in Europe have or their VAT-laws, but I hope my overview will give the rest of you some inspiration to the possibilities that exists, other than using expencive mainstream freight-options.
Myself, I'm now waiting for a big package to arrive in 2-3 days time...