I'm recently arrived in the old-country and am totally unfamiliar with buying gear here, vs. the US. There I know of places like REI, Sierra, Moosejaw, Spadout, etc. where you can get killer closeouts. Right now with the weak dollar, it may be better to ship from the US, but not all retailers do this at reasonable prices.
Where can I go for the same kind of deals here in Europe (I'm in France, Germany or UK are cheap to ship from)? Thanks for your input; perhaps we could create a Wiki page with links.