I have ordered thousands of dollars worth of
computer equipment and software and books from overseas firms. Many of the items I
ordered weren't even available in Europe because there is often a time lag
of several months between an American or Asian offering and its availability worldwide.
Three of the gadgets ordered didn't work correctly, but a lengthy set of email
exchanges sorted everything. The firm stood behind their stuff!
Nonetheless, the hassle and wait were aggravating.
A less customer-oriented firm might have ignored the whole thing. So, despite
my glowing recommendations to take advantage of overseas sources to avoid
the overvalued Euro, there is a price to be paid. Are you willing to forgo
local support and put up with long delays (sometimes months!) and international
One particular warning: ordering goods from amazon.com for Christmas will try your patience. We have learned over three successive years that won't be received in time unless ordered in October! Any later and you risk waiting until January to receive your shipment.
As always, Caveat Emptor! Buyer Beware!