Think you've got problems?-check across the ditch in New Zealand ($1079...$AUD 831/ $US 857)...or $79 more than a HD 6990Supply appears to be low and there is a lot of price gouging going on. Online retailers in Oz starting price for the cards was around $700 (yes we are getting ripped off here...
Just out of interest, who ships these cards from the U.S.to the South Pacific? Most U.S. etailers are forbidden to send products that encroach on another regional distributer..- I can buy the same card from the US for less than $600 inc shipping).
[OFFTOPIC]There are a few businesses dedicated to shipping from US retailers. Shipitto and PriceUSA are a couple of popular ones.
Those sites pay from their US accounts for the items then on-ship so they are using US CC's so that is already taken care of. The handling fees for shipito are actually quite low and when you look at the price difference it is pretty competition compared to australian domestic pricing.[OFFTOPIC]
These are freight/mail forwarders- not etailers.
The problem with freight forwarding is that large etailers such as NewEgg won't accept international CC's, nor PayPal etc that is backed by such. Most etailers seem fairly arbitrary in shipping to a freight forwarding (i.e. Suite# ____ )address...this is before you consider the amount of charges, "handling fees" some charge on purchase totals, adding some juice to the exchange rates, and warranty returns when dealing with a middle man.