nurcopolics: Can't you just buy from Amazon as a "gift" ship to YouShop and not pay tax?
will still need to pay even if youshop sends it. It will be youshop that you will need to pay.
Just make friends with air crew who frequent the US... they can bring your sub $400 items back as "personal items", and Im sure there is some pretty looking dollys who would wanna be a "runner" with a suitcase....... I mean like isnt that how they ran the illegal importation business back in the 70s and 80s (well at AFAIK from watching Underbelly NZ).