Yes he could...!Operator could use this to get his foot in the door with the photography chicks.
1) Use USPS, no FEDEX/UPSYeah, I hope the seller is able to go wtih USPS, I've been dinged with customs through UPS before. I've tried the gift thing too, it is hit or miss.
2) If you mark gift with a ridiculously low value they will open it and go, er this isn't worth $5. It's worth more like $5000! Good luck with the ensuing tax/customs.
3) If it's marked gift with a sensibly low value and if something happens to package in transit, you will get zero back. Or next to zero.
4) Ball is in your court