NZtechfreak: Yup, we'll see - I'm adding my shipito address to my credit card as an alternate address to see whether that works (Newegg suggest that).
EDIT: Just got off phone from the bank. They added the address as my primary billing address, had no problems whatsoever, I just explained that I needed the address that way to make a purchase from the States and required billing and shipping addresses to match. So should be all set now. Including shipping (1 one day shipping from Amazon to the US addy, then Fedex international priority to here) and exchange rates, the total should be about $700NZ. Wow.
I will be doing the same, but will wait until Thursday 3rd December, and will pay lump sum cash via my debit card (I don't have a credit card and I don't want to tick this up)...hopefully I don't miss the best deals, I'll be happy with that $480US price tag.
$700 all up, cheap as chips, especially for a just released top of the line mobile/tablet like this.