Originally Posted by Viral
Yes, because if it's not approved by the forum it must be crap.
Meermins have known QC issues and after FedEx customs fees might get up into the $450 range.......is that any better?
No, absence of forum approval need not be cause for alarm, but broadly speaking, and especially when it comes to shoes, the forum hive mind tends to sniff out the stuff that gives you the best bang for buck, sift the wheat from the chaff.
As for your second statement, I'm not sure of your math. Let me quote an American blogger:
Pricing: I think pricing is what throws many people off. Many of the blogs will tell you that you will pay about $200 shipped and they are telling the truth. The problem is when a customer goes to the Meermin site and converts the euro to usd the numbers don’t add up, or the added on shipping confuses them as to the total price.
Here is the break down
* The listed price for the shoes is 150eu. (VAT tax included). As we are ordering to the US we are excluded from the VAT tax. This means you do not have to pay 18% (equal to 22,9eu) which is what the VAT tax is. This has now brought the cost down to 127,1eu.
* Now add shipping which is 35eu. This brings you up to 162,1eu.* Now this was where I pulled up a currency conversion online (two different ones to be sure) and did the conversion to usd. As of right now that amount is $197.08. Also the shipping is relatively fast considering where the package is coming from. To NY it takes about 3-4 business days.