Might I suggest you use the quick search facility >>>^^^ on the term import espresso as this topic has been discussed at length in other threads. Perhaps a mod might splice it to one of them?
I read a post elsewhere by one of our sponsor members- as am I.
One reason you will find that some goods cost more here than in the US, is the type of marketing employed to sell the items.
You may find that in the US (item dependent), the importer is selling direct, and all service work is back to the importers base.
Over here, established importers have reseller and service networks "around the place". Importer sells it to them, so they can onsell it to you from their showroom in your town ( where you can actually feel and touch and maybe even play with before buying.....).
So there are extra margins involved.
When you knock out the perfectly legitimate "middle men" offering you that local shopfront and service, you no longer get to go down and play with the thing....and will have to buy direct from perhaps hunderds or thousands of ks away with the usual lack of after sales service that involves.
This is nothing more than a simple explanation of what gives in certain situations.
So....if we want the lower prices, you have to accept lesser service by knocking out the retail sales and service tier in the industry (whatever industry you may be talking about).
My thoughts are that US machines are 110V and therefore unsuitable for use in Australia. Comparing pricing is no more relevant than comparing car prices which are also cheaper than we have access to in Australia. I am glad that our remuneration and quality of life far exceed that of many in overseas locations.
Ultimately, it all comes down to one of more of distance, our government charges and taxes, economies of scale, the level of support you desire and the availability of service, warranty and spare parts you choose.
The other thing you might do is to speak with your local agent as you will find that street prices on most espresso gear are less than RRP.
Lastly, you might want to consider that you dont need an Alex Duetto to make a "perfected latte" and that a machine at 1/3-1/2 the price will do this just as well. The combination of coffee age and quality, the grinder, the operator and to a much lesser extent the machine will all combine to provide the end result.
Do look at the cost of your package and make a great grinder your #1 priority.