I'm in California and would be willing to buy a 3' (meter) length, cut in half, and ship to you. If you're still looking and interested, let me know and I'll look into the shipping cost. Shipping won't exactly be cheap, but you probably already know that. No handling charges, just the cost of material and shipping.
But first, search back in the message topics, there was a post a while back about a business about to close down, that had tons of threaded stock and prices were supposed to be very reasonable. If they're still around, that would be your best bet.