I posted earlier in this thread about comments from HUSA employees regarding Hoshino's distribution policies. I decided to find the posts I was talking about (easier with Google than with the Ibanez forum's broken search function!):
In the thread "Grab The Popcorn Folks" (http://forum.ibanez.com/Default.aspx?g=posts&m=446031
), [email protected]
"IMO not offering everything everywhere (including certain countries) helps hold a products value, when you get something rare, or something that not everyone can get, you can brag more."
"how do you think them europeans feel, maybe they want an X...The point I was trying to make is, not everyone gets everything for a reason. I don't make decisions and I have NO way of influencing those who do...
I have 2 products A-is blue and B-Green
I realease A to half the population and B to the other half,
those in A's area get A, then want B and vice versa, they find ways to do it
People in A's area that have B, are very proud of themselves and vice versa
this goes on for a year when I develope C-purple D-yellow
and do it again
Its not saturating a market till your product is worthless, its making your brand last, its buying time to develope more its SCIENCE!
AND AT THE END!
we make guitars people want and can be proud of, and would like to do so till the end of time, NO not everyone will like everything that comes out, and no not everyone will be happy with what their country gets.
bottom line, the grass is always greener!"
So his theory as it applies to this issue of restricted J-Custom availability is that if people want them badly enough, they will "find ways" to get them and thus feel proud that they have something that's not available in their country.