In Russia (it's partially in Europe, right?) there is a 1000 EUR limit of goods you can get from abroad per month without getting taxed. It's good enough unless you buy something really expensive and the tax is there to prevent people from trading without paying taxes, I guess. With this limit, I never paid the import tax in my entire life.
On the other hand, Massdrop stopped shipping to Russia for some reason about 2 years ago, which sucks. I do occasionally participate in the drops, but I have to use the mail forwarding services, which isn't as convenient as just getting it straight from MD, and usually it's more expensive.