For the extra $300 I see totally justified that I get manufacturer's warraty, I get to see and play the guitar myself before buying, or I can return it within 30 days for a full refund if I don't like it, or I don't have to deal with the headaches of the courier having banged the guitar in transit leaving me with a broken case (or something even worse), or a wire transfer that went to somebody else's account rather than Ikebe's, 'cause the idiot in the bank typed one number wrong, etc....
Why don't you buy your Sony hi-fi home theater directly from Japan? I'm sure you'd save some money too.
Warranty seems unimportant, no one I know who has bought a guitar new from the store has actually used it. The QC is very tight on these and any minor stuff can easily be done by any competent repairman or luthier. That analogy makes no sense, you are not buying from ibanez directly, and if you actually bought from sony it would be like 500 tvs at a time. It doesn't apply to the situation.
BTW, you can pay with credit card with ishibashi, very safe, credit companies don't **** around. Also, EMS is probably the safest shipping I've ever seen. On a plane untouched from japan to JFK, then a short trip to my door.
Where are those RG 20th going for $2,000??? Don't buy them there, there are dozen other stores selling them for $899. A J-Custom in the US would be likely priced very similarly as they're priced today in Japan, plus the extra mark-up for the factors aforementioned. See the comparison I posted before.
No one was talking about RG 20. The RGT320Q is the highest priced RG.
Again, lets go through the factors
The guitar would already be around $2250 dollars since its around 225,000 yen from ishibashi, already $350 more than importing. Add in shipping from japan and regular dealer mark for anything considered "rare" and it would be well over $2500. Add sales tax, another $150 extra. Its approaching a full $1000 more than importing, thats ridiculous. With the shady deals some dealers pull like GC not offering cases it could easily go over $1000 extra
Also, there would be a high possibility of there being an exclusive dealer deal being made since these are limited run guitars. Lets use guitar asylum as an example. Look at the GA price for a caparison, then look at the ikebe prices. They love having something exclusive, and will take advantage of the customer in any way possible