A lot of ragging in this thread for the new affiliate, especially before they were given a chance to provide information on any discounts or special offers for SF users. Other than shipping gripes, which is common across many overseas retailers, I wonder why no one commented on their issues when WW was discussed in other threads like Recent Purchases, Sales Alerts, or even in the Retailer Feedback thread? Seems bad etiquettte to do so personally at least in the form of an attack, point out questions to the effect in better form would be better in my opinion.
The shipping costs are high and I can understand the aggravation for that, but I see shipping going up everywhere. Considering their retail prices after VAT deduction, I feel like the prices are fair. Try buying Schneider items from Japan retailers for instance. Expecting retailers to mark items as gifts for overseas shipping is a bit greedy I feel as well isn't it? There's a lot of risk involved in that, especially for a business shipping to customers all over the world.
Anyway, not trying to spark an opinion war in an affiliate thread, so that's all from me. I just know that my last order with them (Schneider sweater and shirt) was delivered via FedEx Express, arrived in two days to the US from order processing, and I did not get hit with customs, and I believe my costs were marked down a bit, but not completely. They were also offering a free worldwide shipping offer over a certain amount when I ordered so I didn't pay shipping for the order. Not only that, but they were offering an in-store promotion that they honored for my online order even though they didn't have to, which was nice. They have always offered speedy replies to my inquiries every time so they have great customer service in my experience.