If you really need something, shop around for shipping quotes. delivery method and speed is important- sounds like you’re looking at a fast courier service. Surface mail is slow, less reliable and usually (but not always) cheaper. You could look for a locally based courier service - Any outlet will use a delivery company that suits the majority of its shipments but not all. You could arrange and pay for collection in the USA at your end.
The only thing i can buy here on lbs is a seatpost…
If you have access to an LBS. Approach them and ask if they would consider becoming a dealer for UDC.
An LBS can get products from UDC at dealers cost and could then pass on some savings to you. Unfortunatly shipping, duty and brokerage fees are also charged to the dealer but they may split the cost with you.
I would check with independents like Bedford Unicycles (http://bedfordunicycles.ca) to see what shipping would be for a unicycle. I ordered some Kris Holm gloves from them at a significant shipping savings over UDC. I know that these are quite different items, but it’s worth checking.
actually bedford unicycles is in canada, and darren is amazing with shipping… he has shipped to everywhere and probaly could get it to you for super cheap. give him a call. 1-416-729-9696. it is at least worth a try.
Try and convince your lbs to just stock maybe a few(1 or 2) cheap unicycles, then if they sell, get more in etc, then eventually they’ll be selling unicycles. Or they won’t sell the unicycles, and they’ll never sell you anything again…
I also agree with the Municycle.com idea. They’re cheap and what not.