Flame on. I have to get this off my chest. Over the past week, I have been attempting to sell a very nice bass on this forum. I've had a lot of interest, mostly trade offers. But on two occasions, I've had what I believed to be firm offers from TB'ers overseas to buy the bass for cash. I spent considerable time and effort communicating and let other deals go. Yet in both cases, the deals fell apart at the last minute solely because I would not declare the parcel a "gift" and worth 50 or so bucks. What's more, BOTH buyers attempted to guilt trip me for not being "understanding" of the plight of poor, poor EU consumers. Listen up guys, it is against the law in the US and in nearly every other country to misrepresent the value of parcel contents during shipping. I don't care if everybody on every other forum is doing it, I believe Talkbass'ers aspire to a higher level of ethics. For those of you approaching sellers on this forum, please factor in, up front, the cost of full VAT and/or other applicable duties and taxes. If the seller cuts you a break later, well, that's your business. I'm just tired of the default expectation being that sellers need to break the law for you in order for you to buy their bass. Many sellers flatly refuse to do business across international borders. I'm trying to keep an open mind, but this declaration/insurance stuff is lame. Bottomline: If you can't afford to buy someone's bass legally, PLEASE do not waste that person's time.