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Gocco availability issues

Today someone responded to a previous post of mine where I discussed my (then recent) purchase of a Gocco PG-5 set. She asked where I got mine because she was having problems finding one. I bought mine on Etsy so I checked to see if my seller printaddictjapan had any units in stock. I was rather surprised to find that her price had jumped from $99.50 (when I bought it on 5/31) to $265.

Her shop notice stated the following:

The price increase of the Gocco reflects the availability and increased prices here in Japan. I have very limited stock and do not anticipate finding new stock. I regret the situation but it is out of my hands…..

As I mentioned in this post, the Riso Kagaku Corporation announced that it would stop making Gocco printers in June 2008. Well, it seems that in three short months, supplies have been running low.

There is a discussion about the availability issue in the Gocco Flickr group. I searched on Ebay and prices have gone up on there as well – and the number of auctions has decreased. Other online retailers that had stocked the machines are either out of stock or have significantly raised their prices.

Even though I have a Gocco, I’m still bummed. It seems as though enough people love these things that the company should keep making them. Forget profits – do it out of the goodness of your hearts! I’m still hoping that there’s a Gocco superhero who will swoop in and make this happen. Meh.

Time to start hoarding supplies.

2 Responses to “Gocco availability issues”

By Kathie Gillaspey - 29 August 2008 Reply

I think I can figure out how to make the screens I would need with silk screen materials if nothing else, but, what about the bulbs? I also keep reading that after December the company will no longer be sending materials to the US. Too sad!

By elissa - 29 August 2008 Reply

I have no idea what to do about the bulbs. I’m just going to stash supplies away and live in denial until reality smacks me in the face. Meh.

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