Have you tried x-plane.com? It's not really x-plane, it's one of their partner companies. Click Other Products, then Hardware. Then on the Flight Simulation drop down click Flight Sim Peripherals for PC.They sell them for the same $99.00 USD. I don't know if they can give you any better postage. If you go through VKB, it's shipped from China. Yeah, a Russian company based in China. Probably for tax purposes. But that postage you quoted is extreme. Don't blame you for passing on that. I would have as well.Yeah, I looked at VKB.
PC Dealers etc do not stock these here in NZ.
It was going to cost me US$99 for the stick and US$85 for postage (total about NZ$350 at the time), so I passed.
Looks like an excellent stick though.