Similar kit - different seller, about 20 dollars cheaper.
I'll look out for that, care to share the ebay seller or did you get a one off?
No, from what I've seen - first you have to find a seller in the US willing to ship to europe, not all do. Next you need to find a dirt cheap but still working unit. Then finally factor in the cost of shipping it. All in all I don't believe it's any cheaper.
I found a few "working console" auctions today on eBay that ended around $60usd shipped to uk (bad condition exterior though), however I suppose there is no guarantee you will get one that works and you can't exactly ship it back if it's bad!
Additionally, you've got to remember that you still need to extract the chips. Of course I have the tools and did this for my hi-def NES install - however it's all added risk that just doesn't make financial sense. Screw up the removal and kill a chip, then you've got to repeat the process all over again.
Depends on the modder! I had no problem doing this with my Hakko, but I see your point!
As there are so many of these units in the us you can literally pick up from any yard sale for peanuts, you'd think there would be some US sellers wanting to strip them for spares and parts.
I can only assume there isn't a market big enough for this to be worthwhile, I can't think of any other reason to want a NTSC console over here (to play region exclusive games maybe??)
In other news there was an update on the game tech website
PAL ppu rev issues:
RP2c07 and RP2c07-0 ppus have some glitches or noise in the picture. Adding a 100nf/.1uF capacitor
between pin 18 on the ppu and GND might be a temporary fix.
The 2c07A-0 rev ppu doesn’t seem to have any issues with the kit.
Kevtris is going to look in to this issue and may be able to fix it with a firmware upgrade.