Ahhh, see where you're coming from Brian. Yes, I agree it would be very difficult to be able to bring a global retailer on board. There were a couple of gadgets I wanted from Europe, but the site came back with 'We don't service Australia, please contact your local agent' This of course, is to maintain regional pricing, and to maximise profit.

I have found Sony products direct from the US, via Japan of course, very cost competitive, and just prefer to deal with them directly.

Perhaps the major manufacturers could just be listed from a product point of view, so folks can compare one product with another. Retail endorsement is a headache until the companies themselves stop retricting access on their products relative to geographical location.

cheers, niteshift