Well, I placed my order, and on eBay, got combined shipping and pretty good price. as for buying the cheap wireless controllers, I couldn't find any here in the USA except one site that had the exact same one listed for $89 instead of the typical $27 to $29 prices on eBay. I made an offer last week for the Canon LC5, offered $100 less than internet prices and I guess the guy was so upset he didn't even respond. Now, I couldn't be any happier, I just saved several hundred dollars and got the same thing, maybe even better in some ways. I didn't go for the tabletop tripod (thanks Jon) since the Gorillapod should suffice for that also. I also passed on the right angle viewfinder, not enough feedback anywhere as to how well it works.
I ended up buying:
R3 wireless remote
77mm white balance disc, similar to expodisc.
I just bought my SECOND Expodisc, OUCH, as I lost the first one, or it was stolen? They are $100+ which is ridiculous. The 77mm disc I just bought on eBay looks very similar and is suppose to do the same thing. Expodisc prides themselves in their advertising how each disc is specially made and tested for some specific things, but then I hear that a Pringles lid works just as well, lol.
So, when this $9 white balance disc arrives, I am going to do several heads up tests to compare them and see if we are getting our money's worth from expodisc or are we buying an extra $100 plus of hype? I will post test results when they are completed. All items are suppose to take between seven and fourteen days, but I did offer the airmail, so fingers are crossed.
Thanks for all the help and comments here. If I could close the thread, I would.