galeson,I bought 540 for my build. I got them directly from Loraine. Everything totally above board. I had them sent directly to my house by air. The cost (including shipping, taxes and brokerage which Loraine took care of) was less than anything I have seen for sale domestically. I could have saved $2 per cell if I wanted to wait a few months if I had them sent by boat. You can always email her and ask. She usually answers quickly.
Thanks for the information.
The idea of saving up to $2.00 a cell for the slow boat from China shipping might mean a few extra cells. Since we are on the ragged edge of requirements, that may make the difference. To be honest I thought that the total cost from China and the cost from US suppliers was pretty equivalent.
I'll search up Lorrain's email and get with her for a quote.
Did you get link plates and the snap together pack pieces from her as well?
Have you decided on a BMS?