I disagree, Jeff. There are a TON of snakes in the US that are just not available here, and not just the high end ones either. Even some of the locality boas (B.c.longicauda, B.c.melanogaster) cannot be found here, that I know of. I'm going to be doing an import this year sometime too, because in some cases, the specimens in the US are worth paying the extra money for. Have you seen NERD's Guyanan Redtails??? HOLY FRICKEN FRACK! (Hope you don't mind me ripping of your phrase there Jeff, hehehe.)
So as to whether it's "worth" it, you have to decide that. For me, getting rare specimens, or the BEST specimens is worth paying the money for.
- Ken LePage