Read the announcement. It says the items aren't available for cash purchase in the US due to licensing issues. I'm sure Gaia would like to offer these items to international users, but I imagine it's pretty difficult. The thing is, a single anime show probably has a ton of different companies to license to different countries. If Gaia wanted these Tiger & Bunny items available for ALL users to buy, they would have to get the rights from the company that has the rights in the UK, the one that has the rights in Australia, the one that has the rights in Mexico... Getting ahold of all these companies and trying to make deals would be a pain, and even then, there's no guarantee. Gaia is a US based site, most users are in the US. The company in Australia might not want to do a partnership with a site that doesn't have a lot of Australian users. Just buy the items off the MP.
This and no, I don't think international users need special items offerd to them any more than users who can't use cash need exclusive items. You can get them, you just can't pay RL monies for them.
Don't even blame Funimation. It's not their fault that they can only license in certain countries. There really isn't anyone you can blame, really. Not even the studio that actually makes the show, it's not reasonable to expect them to be able to edit and market their work for all countries by themselves.
I'm Australian and I still manage to wrap my head around international licensing laws.
If you don't like the situation, find the company in Australia that owns the license to distribute Tiger & Bunny merchandise, and take it up with them. Otherwise, suck it up and buy from the marketplace, if you want these items so damn badly.
Gaia doesn't need to "thank" customers for their money. You aren't donating, you're paying for a product.
Isn't this something do to the sponsor licensing issues? Not sure, but it may be the same as Full Metal Alchemist.
If so, there is nothing Gaia could do.
No sponsor = no money = more ads = more over priced cash shop items = unhappy users
Sponsor = money = un/ happy users
That's a no brainer, right there.
that aside (I'm really not that stupid) I don't see why once in a while they could endeavor to make items specially for international users as a thanks.
Gaia's based in the US. Home base comes first in these types of situations. I'm not trying to insult your intelligence, I'm simply stating a fact that others may not understand because, it is often repeated. I'm still seeing threads about FMA.
It would be nice, but I bet there is a lot of red tape involving this sort of thing. It may not be as simple as we may think it to be. However, look at it this way: at least there is an option available via the MP. If the Staff really wanted to keep this a "US-ONLY" sponsor item, it would be soul-bound to the account. That would make MORE users mad.
It's a website. It should cater for international users by default. Otherwise its just a bad business plan. I can understand not releasing the videos in the anime movie section because that means that people would get access to the show early and they would lose sales and viewer here when its released but items online have no excuss because it hinders their sales rather then improves it for both Gaia AND the sponser.
It really is super annoying.
gaia always screws international members over. The anime movie section, the shops, conventions (I have an achievement that will sit there forever.) Even the Gaia Cash system where you work for gaia cash is geared negatively. I went to the movie section and there was only 2 options. so I did them both and now I'm 6GC richer. There are alot more in the survay or signup section but I find only about 1 out of 6 will actually give me the GC at the end of it and they take ages so I gave up on that. might be better now. I'll have to test.