I have read the forum, watched the vids, and I'm really keen on getting an i9s or i12s. Looks fantastic. However it seems I must be really careful about where I order. Doing a google product search for the i12s, I get 1799 USD at Austin Kayak, Campmor and several others:http://www.google.com/products?hl=en&sa ... e&resnum=1
Then I check my local, Norwegian dealers - they don't list the inflatables on their web pages, so I try the Swedish ones. 21900 SEK, that's 3084 USD!http://www.kajakfiske.nu/html/products/ ... k-12s.html
That's some difference. I know I'm filthy rich by virtue of being Norwegian, but come on! That's 70% over the US price. I bet the Norwegian dealers would charge even more if they sold it. (Maybe they do, but I try to keep away from shops that don't keep their web site up to date.) I get 2431 USD at one of the UK dealers. Around 1900 USD in Australia. Why the massive "Scandiavia tax"?
Any other non-US owners out there? How did you buy it? What do I stand to loose from buying from the US? Are there even any US dealers that ship internationally? (I didn't find any.)
(By the way, what's up with the Hobie dealer overview that lists dealers email addresses but not their web sites? Most of the ones I tried have web sites. Makes it cumbersome for prospective buyers.)