For you folks living abroad, why not set up a US re-mailing service? I've been using mine for years, and it's more than paid for itself in just 'hassle factor freedom.' These days it seems that 85% of what Amazon sells won't ship to Japan, or if they do, they want 3x more than the item costs just for shipping. Now when I order from the States I have it sent to my US mailbox, often free shipping there, and they forward it to me here in Japan. Takes a week longer, but no more "Sorry, we don't ship internationally" flags.