I have just come back from a holiday in the states over there canon are charging $899 for the new digital camera eos 300d known as the rebbel 300d over there, here they are asking £899.This seems a bit big a differance even allowing for currancy variations. computers were the same ie $800 over the pond £800 here
Theres loads of differences in costs between the US and UK, so while goods such as these and clothes are a lot cheaper, housing and finance is a lot dearer. A lot of ex-pats in the US say it all evens out, but it remains worthwhile for us to order goods from there.
The EU is trying, if memory serves, to get non-EU companies to charge destination VAT on goods sent to the EU - i.e. we will pay 17.5% VAT on goods ordered from non-EU countries. I don't know whether this has been put in place yet or if it has any chance of succeeding.