Just my 2c for what its worth.
1) Yeah... me too on the international postage. Its a bit of a show stopper for me. I've gone to order a few things and then its "oh yeah that's right... forgot about that" and cancel the order. It was crazy cheap before. Maybe somewhere in the middle ground would be sustainable from both customer and providers point of view.
2) The info may be out there and I haven't been able to find it but it would be great to have some real basic info for moving a project from a Launchpad to a standalone bare bones circuit without an actual launchpad. I can do it with an Arduino, but not with any of the TI chips. I have looked at the Launchpad schematics, but am more interested in the minimum it needs to run. I'm a bit of a numpty when it comes to this stuff. Forgive me.
Maybe provide template kicad/eagle schematics with the minimum requirements and the hobbyist can add their extra circuitry to that and make their own boards.
3) I like the cloud tools page. Some nice things in there in an uncluttered easy to find location. https://dev.ti.com/
4) Really like energia. Its got some issues, but full credit to the guys undertaking the mammoth task of progressing it on many fronts. I promise I'll learn CCS one day.... honest.
And as always.... thanks to Blue# for the site.