I bought it directly from the website - shipped from taiwan. Very fast service - I had my stuff in a week, via USPS. However, when I read that they scan the tracking label and email it to you - I received no such thing.
Infact, when I emailed them inbetween asking for status, I did not hear back.So, my experience differs from what I read. Do note however, that the shipment was received in perfect condition and fast.
Cost: 3402N - $165,CB-50H ball head-$179, QR plate-$29, Center column kit - $44, Shipping - $37 (TOTAL: $454)
They have a US distributor at http://www.thresholdconcepts.com/ if you want to speak with people efore buying. Buying the same package from them will cost you $474 (their item cost is more, but
the tripod includes the center column and shipping is free).