look, regarding currency, there is only speculation. during these tough economic times, the US dollar seems to be one of the strongest going. During bloomberg tv over the weekend, eastern europe is supposed to spiral downward... thus raising the prices of materials for Vass. Vass prices have not gone up really, so this is bound to happen. No time like the present to buy if you want a pair, seems to be a fair deal. Lets break down the pricing. Let's assume the deal is something along the lines of 100,000 forints for U/F lasts (down from 115k) which is about 10% paid in cash discount - is about $450 (exchange rate and related fees). Then factor in shipping which can be about $50, and MTO fees. Which is about $500ish. Then Tom's fees make the transaction overall quite fair.