Scratching my head on this one. I recently bought a bass from a fellow TB'r in Europe. I asked for the bottom dollar price including shipping to my address. He told me a price. We agreed on it and I promptly sent it via Paypal. The bass arrived yesterday via UPS with a COD of $201.00 for a "brokerage fee"! I had no idea that there would be any such thing! I did pay it because they wouldn't give it to me otherwise. I contacted the seller and he said he knew nothing about it either saying that if there were import taxes or anything like that, it was my responsibility. After going back and forth, I explained that it wasn't a tax or tariff but a fee that HIS shipper charged and there was no way for me to know that there even was a fee. If I had known the bass would have cost me $200.00 more, I wouldn't have bought it! I asked if he would compromise and split it with me. He insisted that it wasn't his problem, said no and stopped responding to my (very polite) messages. I did buy a bass from Italy a year ago or so and incurred no such fee so I had no idea that there would be one on this purchase. I feel that as the seller, it was his responsibility to know ALL of the shipping charges. Even so, I offered a compromise but he totally stonewalled me. What do you guys think?