purchasing japanese dvd's
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Posted 11/15/11
So i was wondering if anyone has advice when searching for japanese dvd's of anime.
Any hints to look out for so your not tricked into buying a black market dvd by accident on ebay.

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Are you looking for a particular title only avaliable from a seller on eBay or are you looking at Japanese media in general?

If the former, I have no previous experience as I have never shopped on eBay however, conventional wisdom would tell me to look for a seller's feedback/ customer rating section. Higher numbers/ more positives would indicate a reputable merchant. More feedback/ high amount of ratings would also play a factor in deciding who to do business with (I would rather look at a seller who dealt with a thousand satisfied customers than one with ten or fifty). Reading the feedbacks may also provide a clue as to why a seller might have that 1 star rating.
Try and determine if the product they are selling is legit. For example, a DVD set featuring 24 episode series on 2 disks would raise a warning flag, as such products would suffer quality issues due to more data being stored on a single disk and would indicate being a bootleg copy. Avaliable subtitles are also something to look for (as most bootleg copies often contain Chinese/Taiwan/English subtitles) though there are some exemptions to this rule (such as the official Fate/Zero Boxset which contains English subtitles). A good technique to help reduce the chance of buying a bootleg copy is to try and find the manufacturer's website/official website and see if they have the product spec's and use that as a reference. Also watch out for those too-good-to-be-ture prices.

If the latter, I recommend Amazon Japan (amazon.co.jp) for Japanese media. I personally never had a problem during my four years of conducting business with them and while their shipping is a tad high, it equals out if you're buying multiple items. You can also try your luck with their 3rd party sellers (though that is a tad bit riskier unless said seller has an Amazon Fufilled next to/under the item name)
You may also run across a bootleg item (the chances of that happening is slim to almost non-existant considering I only encountered one during my product serches over these past few years) though googletranslating previous buyer comments and the product description is a good way to make sure if it is a fake or not (not saying it'll happen to you, it's just a precaution statement I do).

So to close this/ make it easier for those who tl;dr, be vigilant and aware of the products you're buying.
(Anyone with previous experience with eBay/ have something to add, feel free to do so :3)
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Posted 11/15/11
Just go to Amazon or something.
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FallenYmir wrote:

Are you looking for a particular title only avaliable from a seller on eBay or are you looking at Japanese media in general?

If the former, I have no previous experience as I have never shopped on eBay however, conventional wisdom would tell me to look for a seller's feedback/ customer rating section. Higher numbers/ more positives would indicate a reputable merchant. More feedback/ high amount of ratings would also play a factor in deciding who to do business with (I would rather look at a seller who dealt with a thousand satisfied customers than one with ten or fifty). Reading the feedbacks may also provide a clue as to why a seller might have that 1 star rating.
Try and determine if the product they are selling is legit. For example, a DVD set featuring 24 episode series on 2 disks would raise a warning flag, as such products would suffer quality issues due to more data being stored on a single disk and would indicate being a bootleg copy. Avaliable subtitles are also something to look for (as most bootleg copies often contain Chinese/Taiwan/English subtitles) though there are some exemptions to this rule (such as the official Fate/Zero Boxset which contains English subtitles). A good technique to help reduce the chance of buying a bootleg copy is to try and find the manufacturer's website/official website and see if they have the product spec's and use that as a reference. Also watch out for those too-good-to-be-ture prices.

If the latter, I recommend Amazon Japan (amazon.co.jp) for Japanese media. I personally never had a problem during my four years of conducting business with them and while their shipping is a tad high, it equals out if you're buying multiple items. You can also try your luck with their 3rd party sellers (though that is a tad bit riskier unless said seller has an Amazon Fufilled next to/under the item name)
You may also run across a bootleg item (the chances of that happening is slim to almost non-existant considering I only encountered one during my product serches over these past few years) though googletranslating previous buyer comments and the product description is a good way to make sure if it is a fake or not (not saying it'll happen to you, it's just a precaution statement I do).

So to close this/ make it easier for those who tl;dr, be vigilant and aware of the products you're buying.
(Anyone with previous experience with eBay/ have something to add, feel free to do so :3)


Thanks man very helpful advice. Currently i'm looking for the Hunter X Hunter OVA's but this will also be helpful for future incidents thanks!

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