Well, I live in Brazil. If Amazon manages shipping, things go unbelievably smoothly, since they take care of import (you pay taxes beforehand, during check-out), and the package tends to arrive earlier than estimated. If there’s nobody to handle import on the customer’s behalf (a courier) at customs, it’s hell: who knows when or if you’ll get the package. If you’re lucky, it’ll take somewhere between one and two months, or it can easily take from two to three months, and my personal record is five months and two weeks (Arcade parts). It’s also possible that the package will be detained due to sheer incompetence (e.g., people who don’t know what an Arcade is, or see Arcade parts and think they’re weapon parts and you find yourself with a whole new level of headache) or stolen (though it isn’t nearly as likely as it is the case with an iPhone or a Playstation 4 labeled as such).
Unfortunately, I’m not aware of companies other than Amazon that guarantee delivery time in Brazil. A prime requirement is for there to be someone at customs, otherwise you’re @#=^ed.
I described my own situation. I don’t know where AlBorland lives and how things work for him, but since he talked about importing fighting sticks and mentioned Madcatz, I presumed he isn’t a US resident (e.g., purchasing a Madcatz product wouldn’t take importing).
(let me know if you actually live in the US, AlBorland :P)