Not all countries charge VAT lolI've bought sim components from both fanatec and SC2 component retailers in multiple countries, this magical "30% tax" is not something i have ever heard of anyone having to pay, and it's seems like largely a niche issue with shipping to where you live. When you give advice adding a fake number that doesn't apply to anyone but you, that's disingenuous.
Here's the kicker, I bought both while living in Europe when I built my first rig, the DD2 and the SC2 were the exact same price. The SC2+VAT in europe is 1500, which is the same price as the DD2. This is the case for nearly everyone on the planet, I have never heard of some magical 30% addition fee on top of vat. You are either misinformed or lying.
Also, the fanatec environment wheels all come compatible out of the box with the DD2, so claiming the podium hub is something you are forced to buy with the DD2 is ridiculous.
You also clearly stated your motive above, you said you currently own a DD2 and are getting a SC2.You clearly have bias here. Since any rational and informed person would know that the SC2 Pro and the DD2 are extremely similarly priced for the vast majority of people on the planet we call home, then why now just discuss the merits and performance of the base, rather than personal experience that seems to only apply to you?
so at the checkout if they do not take the VAT you pay it at the customs when it is imported,
I do believe the correct terminology is "Import Duty" and this is global its nothing new,
I am not here to make up fake stories or news not sure what kind of conspiracy theories you are used to where you live but this is a nice friendly forum we all share out thoughts and advice but we do so in a kind manor,
this keep calling me a liar, saying I have motives, spreading dangerous rumors needs to stop,
can we not be civil, why can you not use words like,
sorry maybe you was misinformed for me this was not the case and so on,
there is 0 need to be vulgar or offensive unless this is your nature but this is up to you but its not welcome here sadly.