[Update 2] HLJ has made a comment regarding the situation, stating that the policy "does not affect HLJ's ability to sell GSC products overseas."
[Update] As pointed out in the comments, some retailers have responded. AmiAmi will honor all orders already confirmed, but no word on future GSC products. Toys Logic originally responded that the issue would not affect their orders, however they have since canceled an order due to "distributor issues." It's up to speculation as to whether this is indeed a result of the rumored GSC policy.
I'm really hoping that this news doesn't turn out to be true. We received a tip today alerting us to a new policy coming down from Good Smile Company. CD Japan, in a newsletter today, stated the following, "IMPORTANT: Unfortunately, products manufactured by Goodsmile Company, including Nendoroid and figma, are no longer available at CDJapan as they decided to discontinue exporting their products through online shops located in Japan. We apologize for any inconvenience caused, and appreciate you for understanding."
A check of the major retailers does not show any immediate implementation of the policy outside of AmiAmi. On all Good Smile products at AmiAmi have the note of "For Sale in Japan Only." This notice has appeared on items before, but orders are still able to be placed for those items. Hobby Link Japan and Hobby Search have not shown any indication of any changes regarding Good Smile Company products.
I'm inclined to believe that this is the official policy of GSC, especially considering the past actions concerning heavily discounted merchandise. As to reasons why this is being done, I believe that the company is seeing its popularity and trying to expand into the American market. However, I believe that these Japanese retailers will force GSC's hand and allow them to sell the goods or just flat-out ignore the order.
We have contacted Good Smile Company and are awaiting a response. When official news concerning the policy is released, we will be sure to update. Let us know what you think of this news in the comments below.
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