I was thinking I "might" want 2-3 packages of the Kato rahmen catenary support sets fairly soon for a project, but didn't want to wait for SAL or pay EMS just for them. I thought I'd see what options there were on eBay, and found this guy. He only takes 5% off, so his price is right around what is shown as list on HS, but his shipping is really reasonable, and the combined price and shipping is less than anything else I see there.
His base price is a hair under that of Plaza Japan, but his shipping cost is about half, and certainly much faster (at least for the east coast - out of NYC area). Speaking of shipping, the cost strangely isn't shown on this basic listing, but if you "ask a question" and select shipping, it shows up and based on his statement he's more than fair with combined shipping - and has excellent feedback.
I'm certainly not recommending this over Japan sources for major purchases, but it seems like a good option if you just want a few things fast - such as track pieces. I didn't check to see what he carries from Tomix, Tomytec, etc. I haven't actually bought from him yet, but likely will.
I just checked, and he doesn't seem to carry any of the other Japanese manufacturers. I can see him carrying Kato track for those in the US who use it (probably T-Trak mostly?), but wouldn't have thought there would be much of a market for catenary supports, etc.
Also - he doesn't carry any trains, but does have some structures and figures.
Edited by velotrain, 11 June 2017 - 10:33 PM.