wrong..you wont get taxes/duties from a UK importer. Misinformation can be quite damaging.
As for importing, the reason for doing it is to get better all round gaming experiences, no borders, 60hz all the time etc..and of course the games generally come out overseas before the UK..
Importing definately isn;t for everyone though, that's pretty obvious lol
I can recommend importing to anyone I have all three nextgen consoles from the U.S and the price I pay for new games inc. shipping is around £25 or so. I am just playing Ninja Gaiden on xbox now and it is amazing all full of progressive scan beauty.
With the ecomerce the way it is now there is no reason not too import and when you talk about ps2 there is no way I would want a pal machine just look at the mess they made of FFX-2 to see what I mean also a lot of product never sees the light of day over here and thats on all three formats or you get serious delays (mario Golf I got this about 8 months ago and it is not due here till june !!!!!!!). If you do not like the idea of sending your money abroad then check out www.next-gen.co.uk they offer a good service and are very helpful.
A quick note - chipped or un chipped, a non PAL PS2 can NOT play R2 DVDs. If you are intending to watch DVD's on it the best option is a chipped PAL PS2, www.londonconsole.com or www.star-services.info are reputable. This will also negate the need for a stepdown.