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I work at 'a large national boating supply retailer', in a the heart of a major U.S. city. We do LOTS of business with European (and other foreign) nationals who have come to the states for work or pleasure, and can't turn down the opportunity to fill their bags with our (relatively) cheap chandlery goods. Many even call ahead to order things in for their short visit, from sailing gloves to full Chartplotter/radar/sonar kits. The weak dollar isn't the only source of savings, as many manufacturers have total different price structures in different countries, sometimes changing model numbers so you can't comparison shop as easily.
Duties are a concern for many of them, and I offer my customers an order form that they can fill out themselves as a false invoice. (I never go so far as doing the lying myself). But then, these people are also flying back with bag loads of iPods and designer clothes, all bought on the cheap here.
For what it's worth...