It’s official. I am a panic shopper.
Yesterday the Riso Kagaku Corporation announced that it would stop making Gocco printers in June 2008. Many of you are saying to yourselves, “Whazza Gocco? Never heard of it.” Check out this link to the Save Gocco website – you can see one in all its plastic glory.
Yes, it looks like it’s made by Fisher Price, but it’s no toy. Gocco is a self-contained screen printing unit. You can use it to both burn master screens and to make your prints.
I have wanted one of these for soooo long. Then I read the Riso announcement. Then I ran over to Etsy and bought myself a new toy from a supplier in Japan.
I would like to add that today was only the second time in my life that I have submitted information to Wikipedia. Check out my addition to the Gocco entry.
Maybe this isn’t as much of a crisis as I fear. Riso threatened to do this once before in 2005. People were sad. A “Save Gocco” campaign was started. Then in 2007, the happiness spread – Paper Source became an official distributor of Gocco printers and supplies in the United States. All hail Paper Source! People danced in the streets.
So perhaps all of this hoopla is an attempt to get people to buy more printers. It worked on me. Don’t care – I’m a sucker happy owner of a Gocco machine.