paying your friend and then shipping through him would be a long, problematic and expensive way to go. I'm thinking more on the way of ordering a few chips together so that the delivery cost is spread out and bulk order discount is also availed. We are discussing it in the official RGH thread and the shoppers poll rgh. The cool runner has been released and is $20 w/o shipping no bulk orders yet. I haven't found any advantages other than tx reliability and claim of a faster boot time, though it has been developed with the nand-x in mind which can only be bought not made. So an expensive option overall.