Originally Posted by Jesse Luggage
The cost of shipping and the exchange rate might have something to do with that.
Unfortunately that's not the case. At 77 yen to the dollar, the exchange rate should make the actual cost to the importer considerably cheaper than the US retail price. $1000 is 77,000 yen, your Japanese importer is charging 159,000 yen for Odyssey cases!
And shipping was quite reasonable when I bought my Odyssey set directly from Al some years ago.
This kind of price hike is all too typical for Japanese importers, which is why they end up selling far fewer products — and ultimately making lower profits — than they could if they made the price more reasonable. I tour a lot in Japan and bikes with your luggage are almost as rare as hen's teeth.
So you might want to consider reverting back to a business model that allows folks in Japan to buy directly from you if they wish.