Go to ebay and check the stuff out.
Usually quite cheap but you have to take note of the delivery charges.
Since your bro is in the US, take advantage of this ebay service and buy from the site.
I have converted and checked out some camera before (can't remember which model and price) but it was $200 - $250 cheaper than buying it here in Singapore. And that even includes shipping.
Did not buy it as i was worried about the delivery portion.
I am right now in the US.. and it's not true that all products are cheaper... in fact most are more expensive, it's just that sometimes some online websites gives good deals... it's harder to find good deals in singapore.