If you (or any international members) at all ever need help in getting a solid please contact me. I am more than happy to help and have done so for many members.
Thanks everyone. You are all correct that EL shouldn't be a disincentive to collecting these items as I do like them in their own right.
Woody was first to offer getting the Pink Lady for me at cost so once I know the cost (I've read conflicting amounts), I'll probably take him up on his offer. I also appreciate your offer of help in the future Lisa and everyone's encouraging comments.
Thanks again all.