Yep, it's insane for you guys overseas, and it's not much better for us up here.
It would be literally cheaper and less hassle for me to ship my OW back to FM on an ocean barge, then to deal with the cost and paperwork headaches of dealing with USPS, UPS, or FedEx. But, that would be two months out of my life never coming back.
The one thing I didn't do my homework on was maintaining the board, excitement got the better of me 3 years ago.
Live and learn I suppose, but if things don't change, unfortunately I'll be looking for a PEV that I can maintain, as there're are a lot of tempting options on the market these days.
Sadly, that day appears to be rapidly approaching, and if/when it arrives for me, it will be the last dollar and recommendation FM ever receives on my end.
I put up with it from Apple as I can find refurbished parts fairly easily. I have an 8 year old MacBook Air that does everything I need year after year - but then again, I'm not running it into curbs at 20 mph either.