I don't know about everything but take a some speakers I'm thinking of getting, I could get them for the same price shipped from the US with import duty which is 80% of the cost of the speakers themselves then the actual postage as I couls order them from a shop in the UK, I think this is rediculas. the best part is it's not like they are even manufactured in the US but china! The same with PC components, the 6970 is £30 cheaper in the US not that this is too much when spending £310 anyway but it's not the point! Things like phones/ipods/ipads are cheaper in the US. The only thing I can think of is the shipping and import costs to the UK but for things that are mainly manufactured in china and asia how is it that much more to import to the US than UK?? Another thing petrol costs? Insurance costs? All massively more expensive in the UK then US. Is amazes me sometimes when I watch some US shows when they say you'll need this, this and this for a house build or something, I think that will cost a lot and they pay hardly anything for what costs so much in the UK. I actually think we get mugged off tbh. Please enlighten me!