We do this one regularly. It's not exactly half price in the first place, and even then only if you can ship it to Europe for free and not pay tax or duty. Last time I costed it out fully - admittedly a little time ago - I would save less than 20% and render the warranty all but useless (I'd have to ship it to and from the USA before they would touch it) which, given Meade's track record, is a big risk to take.
Well Ben I have done some maths and yes you could save money, but not as much as you think.
Meade 14 LX200R is $3,699 from OPT (actually reduced from $5,000 something), works out at £1,846, very good saving as list in the UK is £3,200.
Shipping works out at $500, approx £250, now add the 20% import tax of £368 and the total lot comes to £2,468, so in theory you could save anywhere between £1,000 to £700, quite a bit.
However I have been informed by several retailers in the Uk that there is movement in the UK list price, so the savings aren't as great again. Personally for peace of mind I'd rather screw the price down in the UK and have it through a dealer.
Sadly my response to Meade's prices in the UK is ... to not buy Meade. Far eastern stuff is on a par with USA prices (e.g. my Mewlon was less than USA list price, and Skywatcher is generally as cheap or cheaper here too) so I buy that.
I think thats a little unfair on Meade Ben. I remember buying a LX200 10 inch for about 3500 pounds 10 years ago, now the prices haven't really changed in 10 years and are more comparable to what I think a good quality telescope should be. The 10 LX200R is now cheaper at just under 3 thousand pounds so I think good value.
The OTA is around 1500 pounds.
I love takahashi scopes myself, but for the aperture, trying to price up a 12 inch mewlon, or (swallow) baker richtey is well, certainly out of my price range at the moment.