I have done plenty of business with Robert from the other side of the US and have sent a ton of people there and they are all loyal customers. Robert is super knowledgeable and very cool guy to talk to. IMNSHO, if you had a discrepancy you should have picked up the phone and called instead of airing your dirty laundry in public. Not to mention, Robert has a lot of cool stuff in stock when others do not.
With that said, the Euro is kicking the US dollar's ass right now and yes, the Euro is a good investment right now. The US dollar was ahead and buying good from Europe was a deal but that is not true currently. I am almost wondering about that over the stock market for an investment
Right now the exchange is 1.00 EUR=1.19435 USD. It has been higher and it has fluctuated a lot. The more high dollar items that come from Europe can get extremely costly. Have you priced any .21 onroad race engines lateley? They are over $700 on average!!! Some is due to greed on the manufacturers part, the rest is currency conversion issues. I can guarantee it is not the little guy retailer like Robert screwing you. If you know anything about their business, they have pretty much fixed margins and sell the same stuff for the same markups all the time. If the manufacturer or the dollar change, the retailer doesn't stand to make any more money, but they certainly don't want to lose money either. See the problem here?
FYI I always use http://www.xe.com/
for currency conversion and it changes throughout the day so it really does work just like the stock market or any other commodity.
So you buy a big ticket item like a tire truer for say $450. If the EUR/USD rate fluctuates a mere 1/10 of a point, that is a whopping $45 and guess who gets to eat it? You and I. I personally don't blame the retailers for this because I only know of a few of them who are out to screw customers for a profit... but Robert is the last person I would look to ever do this.