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I was talking about this weird post I saw a few days ago. I am still not 100% sure on how it affects buyers or if it affects them at all. 

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Ah ok... I think what he's doing is transitioning from direct sales to only selling through resellers.

 

Pretty smart really.

 

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Hope that's all it is - I sure would hate to lose

his services!

 

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Assuming that I'm reading his post correctly:

 

If this means creating local manufacturing and retailing for his products in other countries, that's potentially a good thing since it should, in theory, reduce costs to the customer.  My only concern is maintaining quality control.  This is a situation where it can either work out beautifully for everyone involved, or become a nightmare for him as the designer when <insert local manufacturer here> cranks out crappy products.

 

My guess is that he's doing this because he doesn't want to deal with the EU-wide requirement to collect VAT on purchases from both non-EU countries as well as intra-EU transactions that comes into effect on July 1st.  There's a decent summary of the situation here; it's going to be a complete mess for some time while it's sorted out.

 

Frankly, if that is the case, I don't blame him one bit.

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That is kind of what I guessed but my translation guru is a little rusty. Lol. 
 

I just thought it was weird when it popped up the other day. 
 

I agree I hope he can keep up his “franchises” quality high. 

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I read this as his desire to stop selling direct in Poland as I have seen comments to his concern about Poland customers returns being very high. I didn't take this as discontinuing direct sales to North America.. The distribution model in any event would be good for such a business as it becomes predicable of how much product to manufacture and the distributors responsible to handle all the sales. Focus on products VS shipping

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The VAT shenanigans are one possible reason, but, yes, he was also fed up with having to deal with people in general. There was a bit of a drama on Polish forums recently regarding an Atari mod he has done, and he vented a bit, also stating that he'll soon stop dealing with Polish punters. Perhaps it got extended to everybody, or at least EU.

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