Can't help you directly but I have had this many times from US sellers. If you tell seller you are PayPal verified, you have 100% bay feedback and import other stuff from the US and have NO probs paying import charges, they usually relent. He may have had bad experience/hastle in the past for similar reasons.
Hope you get it.
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Im getting 10,000 volts a day and i'm hot to trot nurse Rached, I feel sorry for the next bitch I get hold of, she's gonna light up like a pinball machine and throw out silver dollars.