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Posted 8/8/13
Many would like to show their appreciation to the authors who entertains us day and day again, but many of us struggle with manageable ways to actually buy manga for affordable prices.

I myself as a Peruvian struggle to buy the supply of manga I require. I just started about six months ago, so I don't know much about the topic, and there's gonna be many differences between different countries. So here goes my suggestions.

I've bought 110 volumes of manga for a fair amount of money, saved about $175.00 dollars from the suggested price, even with shipping included. There's sites like Rightstuff, Amazon, Ebay which are popularly used by the North Americans, but they're not so convenient for outsiders like me.

Looking through the web I've found a majestic place called thebookdepository which has free shipping in many countries of the globe, making my chances of getting manga much more appealing; in some occasions the deals found in Ebay and Amazon are better than TBD(the book depository). Just remember to always look through many links before making the purchase.

Feel free to give advice and suggestions for buying manga when importing.
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Posted 8/9/13
Well I would say before purchasing make sure it's in a language you can read, especially if you're buying off sites like eBay
A lot of used items can be missing pages/covers/additional artwork that isn't shown in the picture but is found buried in the description of the product.
That being said, used manga is definitely a lot cheaper.
A lot of people shy away from used books, but I have recieved many in top condition with no problems, so I would say go for used if you wanna save a buck or two.
I usually purchase manga from third party companies like the one mentioned, and I've never had a problem.
So, find something that works, go out there and fill up your collection!
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Posted 8/9/13
I can go for used or new any day. Problem is shipping charges tend to go over the normal price I would pay for a manga. Looking through different sources is key when importing. When buying on Ebay you need to be cautious, but I've had all good experiences up till now. Hopefully I get to go to a convention or a used bookstore to get good manga at 1 or 2 dollars.

And when importing, buy it in a bunch, don't buy single volumes, if you want to get first editions through pre order I recommend book depository.
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Usually another good place to buy almost all the volumes is barnesandnoble since rightstuf will not have a specific volume of a Manga is not there like Dorohedoro.
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Posted 8/11/13
The thing is yeah in barnes & noble you have great discounts for some manga, the thing is the shipping costs tend to put for $20.00 each volume, so it doesn't seem like the best way.
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Posted 8/11/13
I have never seen B&N ship anything for 20$ each.
The most i pay for shipping is 5-6$ and thats only if i dont add 30$ or more to my cart. I usually only buy when i have about 100$ in manga in the cart anyways.
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Posted 8/12/13
The thing is when buying international they expressively put $7.49 for each book when talking international and $5.49 for each additional item. I don't see that as cheap. And what I meant is that when you add up the shipping value plus the volume price it tends to go up for a lot more. Certainly US residents have it easy buying manga. French and German people have the same benefits.
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I 'import' my ONE PIECE manga (Viz Media's release). The Polish release just don't do the series justice, so I needed to find an alternative - and so I did... I pay twice the price of the Polish release, but it's well worth it. Where do I buy it? Well, at various places, including Allegro.pl (our local eBay) and online bookstores.

I always choose the cheaper and thus least safe shipping method.

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Posted 8/29/13
When I import manga or light novels from Japan, I use either Amazon.co.jp or CDJapan. To reduce shipping costs, I always wait until I can order multiple books at once (usually over 10), since most site have a basic fixed shipping cost to which they a per item fee.

That being said, importing from Japan to North America is expensive and shipping will cost between 33% and 50% of the total cost. However in the end, mangas will end up costing roughly the same as if I was buying in North America with free shipping.

Also while I could save money by going for the cheapest shipping option (one that takes almost a month getting here), I always choosing the express method (5-7 days) because I do not trust regular mail when it comes to packages. I had a friend in college who worked at a parcel triage center for the postal services, and with the crap he told me he and his colleagues did with the packages, it's no wonder they often came damaged (including the contents) when I received them via regular post.

Finally I try to avoid UPS as much as possible, because the brokerage fee they charge when there is customs fee is ridiculously high.
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Posted 8/30/13
Living in the as a person who regularly commutes between central California and LA I have no problem finding affordable manga. My issue is affordable BD and DVD. When the pre release is $60 for 2 episodes, plus import costs I'm not exactly hoping to buy it. When DVD and BD sales are a large basis for the continuation of the animated series this is a huge problem...
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Posted 10/17/13
honestly get mine from the bookdespositry because of the free shipping. on eBay and Amazon found great price for manga and then the shipping is the same price as the volume while bookdepository just shows one price. Also in my experience Amazon shipping always takes far longer than what they promise.
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What we need is a site that handles in selling Manga/LN in English & Digitally. In all formats we can use. I tend to order soundtracks from cdjapan, games from play asia. If they don't have it i'll use yesasia. Of course there are few other good sites, as well. Shipping will run accordingly. I tend to get everything in lots and use fedex p1 int'l. Costs more but isn't broken and arrives quickly. I am looking for more digital distributors and shops. I recently bought ,"aria the scarlet ammo" LN 1 as a epub file off of emanga.
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Posted 10/17/13
Fortunately, there are some Japanese books stores here in the U.S. where you can buy manga. At times, you can even find it on sale.



There is nothing like driving home with a truck filled with boxes of manga.

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Posted 10/17/13

dzchan94 wrote:

Many would like to show their appreciation to the authors who entertains us day and day again, but many of us struggle with manageable ways to actually buy manga for affordable prices.


If that's your goal, make sure that you're buying new copies regardless of where you buy them from. A grand total of $0.00 goes to the people responsible for making or releasing the product when buy a used copy.
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Posted 10/17/13
Totally agree with you there. my manga I usually buy from amazon cause they got a low cost for free shipping plus very little tax and the condition is really good. I also support my local comic shop especially if it's a shorter series, plus I buy actual comics and order figures from them. Knowing them also can get you a small discount to.

Also, a good way to find cheap manga is look around for local comic/anime conventions. I live on an island and we have 2 comic conventions and 1 or 2 anime conventions yearly. They are small but you usually find stuff there. Plus you meet people that give you more advice on where and possibly who sells manga.
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