Hahaha, challenged you eh ? Yes, I could have put a couple of beers on you responding first.
But you also touch the subject I wanted to leave out in my post because I thought it would come up anyway. So, those taxes ...
People who ship the cable should take care to ensure the cable for 500 euros BUT not indicate that value. Merely think about 15 euros or so. Now the tax will be free (or otherwise almost be free) while the cable is still ensured for 500. Especially with normail mail this will work, though it may depend a bit on the ensured money. So think like this : I can choose (over here) for standard ensurance (50 IIRC) or "more" and the more is maximised to 500 euros. Costs 10 more for the shipping. When the cable gets lost all can be justified and the how we'll see when it is necessary. One thing to remember : nothing is wrong with this because nobody is keeping the cable; I would be able to deal with this and when in order (when necessary I mean) I will do it.
In any event nobody is allowed to neglegt this or otherwise e.g. we will need to be 80 euros VAT + import duties (something like 14) and this is nonsense in this case. And, it can't be made clear (to customs etc.) anyway so forget about that (really).
Please notice that this will already be in order for when it is shipped from the US to here. And *now* I don't know about normal mail because while it should arrive it can take 4 weeks (but 1 week will be normal). So it's the combination of
a. being able to value it low
b. still be able to ensure that high.
And for example when we ship something this can't be done (this combination) unless it's a gift or repair or something like that.
think it's much easier to circulate the cable inside EU countries only.
Doesn't help, because especially there there's VAT in order (like 21% over here). This VAT will be charged by customs.
Companies can get back that VAT but most of us are not companies.