Hey no big deal. You don't have to accept the "talk but don't buy" scenarios scenarios I've encountered. They exist, but at the end of the day Seiko's bread & butter are their mainstream Seiko watches so they probably don't care. If it were a smaller company it may matter more to them. In addition, I won't drag him in by name, but another regular poster here who lives in Asia has also said GS isn't that popular even in Asia. IIRC, he also said he has witnessed a lot of "Talk but don't buy". but again we are just 2 individuals , and you can believe anything you like.
As for Seiko forums I have visited on occasion, but so what? Do you think that if 500 people a year or a 1,000, or 5,000 were to post photos of GS's it would disprove the idea that at a certain price range they lose sales to Rolex, Omega, Breitling and other brands more associated with luxury? Sorry but it doesn't. In reality once a brand is with the price range of other brands people consider finer, more exclusive, and/ or more luxurious people often choose the perceived finer brand. At some price range Rolex, Omega, & Breitling lose some sales to AP, VC, Patek & Lange. Then maybe at some level they lose sales to FP. Journe, Laurent Ferrier, and independents. In the end if the buyer is happy with their purchase that's what matters.
In defending GS, I think you lost sight of my simply using them as an example of a difficulty Ben's watches may face when prices reach a certain level... Whether you think its a myth, urban legend or just hearsay its ok with me.