Hi Basstender 10.6 ,
I'm a new be here but you may want to check this out.
You may want to check out this website. http://www.onlineoutboards.com
You will pay no sales tax and no shipping.
Read the info. I bought my 9.8 Tohatsu from their factory.
According to them Tohatsu, Nissan and Mercury below 40 HP are all Tohatsu motors.
They explain why they do not sell the Mercury motors off the site also.
I almost had to buy a smaller Merc outboard before I saw how much I could buy the Tohatsu for direct.
Hope this helps... Jim
Thanks! I am aware about onlineoutboards.com I was just wondering who makes these motors. They are probaly made in China.