Pardon me while I hijack the thread for a moment...
This is a very salient point. Us "murricans" are taught from an early age that the world revolves around us, and the only good things come from here...no matter where they actually come from.
Formats like MU and Buchla and Serge notwithstanding, I'd like to point out that EUROrack is the dominant format, and it really is based in europe. Sourcing metric aluminum profiles for rack pieces teaches you quickly that such profiles ARE NOT a domestic item.
Although we all like to think we're global citizens (although most people don't actually travel much, or very far), the unforeseen impacts of our global pandemic is having stark effects on the global logistics and global supply chains. Shipping prices have risen very sharply, and service has plummeted just as much.
so, yes...ordering from overseas is currently much more fraught than just 10 months ago, and given the free -- or low-cost -- shipping that even small companies can bring from the economies of scale in e-commerce, it seems almost ludicrous to purchase a bit of used gear from overseas, and have to pay the ruinous rates to get it to your doorstep, possibly not in one piece. That's where our Perfect Circuits and SynthCubes come in...and as synths are a painfully upper middle class hobby, the cost for a new module over the doubt of a used is negligible.
I've been trying to figure out how to implement something like a module "library." Brick and mortar modular shops are few and far between, and many of us who get into this are hours and hours of flying or driving from *any* place to try out modules. It would be nice to try before you buy...or something to that effect.
I'm sorry to report that the best way to do it is probably to move to [insert european country here]
ok, I'll shut up now.