Does purchasing Anime through eBay sustain the industry?
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Posted 6/13/12
I sometimes do this with imports however I always get my Anime off Amazon which should help sustain the industry.
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24 / F / United States
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Posted 6/13/12
Are the eBay sellers from the industry? If not, then probably no.
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24 / M / Australia
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Posted 6/13/12

harmonylareina wrote:

Are the eBay sellers from the industry? If not, then probably no.


If the seller is retailer and purchases the items from a distrubutor then yes you are helping to keep the industry alive.
Economics isnt a single chain procces
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It doesn't matter.
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Posted 6/13/12
What ^ said
the only way the anime industry benefits from sales is when you buy directly from the company or from someone who 's going to restock their products from the company (middle man/store).
and if you're buying second hand goods...no.
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24 / M / Australia
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Posted 6/13/12
On another note if your looking to buy anime at great prices rightstuf.com is the way to go
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Posted 6/13/12
It's not supporting the industry if it's second hand. I guess it's circulating more, i.e., more people are viewing that particular product. But the money is not going to the company producing the product sooooo.... I don't think it helps if it's bought from a second hand seller regardless of where you purchase it from.
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31 / M / Lagrange, KY
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Posted 6/13/12
if you are buying legal dvd/blurays then yes however if you purchasing dvd sets like this.. then you are just buying fan-subbed pirated dvd's take a look at below what you should and shouldn't buy.

If you see a legal license company like funimation on the box then you are safe to go~



However if you see a box set like this..it's a boot-leg so do not buy it because it does not help the industry in any way. Keep in mind that anime series that are licensed will have their logo on the box, aniplex USA logo is not on this box nor are the 4 ovas they are legally selling with the set, also there is no such thing as region zero dvd's unless you burn them yourself.

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24 / M / Australia
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Posted 6/13/12
grey ayres does some great stuff on how to spot bootlegs if youtube some of his panels
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35 / M / Construction land!
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Posted 6/13/12
Buying anime on eBay? It's a minimal benefit at best, in that if you are buying it from a person, they may use the proceeds from the sale to buy more anime. Otherwise, you'd pretty much have to be buying direct from a retailer on eBay. (If you find the user 'shawnek', that would be an instance of buying from the industry; he runs RightStuf.)

The biggest problem on eBay by far is the quantity of bootlegs. And there is no 100% indicator on its own to state something is bootleg. Region 0 disks? CPM put some of those out. (While a non region-0 disk is almost certainly, but not definitively, legit.) Presence of an official company? It will be on legit releases, and is probably (but again, not always) missing from the bootleg. Number of episodes on a disk? I can't think of any R1 anime that goes over 7 (though there are quite a few at 7), but there are legit Taiwanese R3 disks going in the 9-10 realm. Your biggest hint, though again, not present on all disks, is the presence of Chinese subs. I don't know of any legit release of anime with Chinese subtitles. Also, if multiple of these situations are present, it's probably a safe assumption that it's bootleg. (There is no 26-ep series on 3 disks for R0.)

The best thing I can do is tell you to do research if you want to keep shopping on eBay. Look at the legit releases on places like RightStuf or AnimeNation. (I can't suggest Amazon, as some corporate 3rd-party sellers add listings for bootlegs.) And if you're not sure, ask the seller a simple question, like who released the disk? A legit seller will happily tell you someone like FUNimation, ADV, Bandai, etc; a bootlegger will either not answer (most likely), claim a Japanese company, or mention a bootlegger like Anime Cartoon.
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