It’s the VAT that jacks the price.
I’ve recently moved here from the US and brought my Hakko FX-888D with me because I was surprised how much Hakko is here. Also surprised that Weber seems to be the go-to here. It’s the cheap one in the US. I took the transformer out to save on weight in my luggage (I had one suitcase full of just tools that I didn’t originally ship) and picked up a new transformer & circuit board from hakko DOT co DOT uk. I didn’t really need the board besides the fact I may have fried the original in my first attempt at the 230v conversion. All you have to do is just switch out the fuse and move the capacitor on a “US” 120v board. I MAY have forgotten to switch the fuse out, hence the new board. You will need a new transformer though. The US version of the transformer has pins clipped off that you’ll need to solder to, the replacement has all pins available. I have photos of the process if you want to go that route.
The 888D is slightly cheaper from hakko DOT co DOT uk than Amazon Prime once you factor in shipping and VAT, but only by a few £. Like I said, it’s the VAT that kills the savings. They have the Blue & Yellow version familiar in the US and the Silver version that appears to be the European version. I believe both would be 230v from them.
As far as I know you can switch out tips on the 888D for micro, and hakko DOT co DOT uk appears to have everything. All of my shipments have come through the post and arrived in 2 days.