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would you buy anime/manga from a consignment store
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I'll be honest, since that is what you're probably looking for. If I could find the same product online for cheaper, your store would probably become like BestBuy is to me. A place to browse for items I want and then order them online.

If I could find a store that didn't charge up to $10 more for an item WITHOUT shipping I would buy from them, but more than likely online is the cheaper option (even if you order 2 - day delivery it is still cheaper almost all the time.)

For example: If I found a product I wanted that was being sold in your location for $23.99 and went online and they sold it for $19.99 + shipping, I would probably buy from the store for instant access and not having to pay shipping. However, if it were marked up to $29.99 in your place I would most likely hit that buy button online instead.
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tdp7886 wrote:

Iam considering opening a small anime/manga store in my town but iam not 100% sure if theres enough otakus out there so iam considering buying an inventory of anime/manga and rent a corner at a local Consignment Shop the monthly price is way cheaper than renting my own store, id have a decent selection and already have a wholesale company lined up. iam thinking roughly 500 new manga titles priced under the m.s.r.p and stock new releases, posters,figures small selection of newer released anime dvds. Iam just curious if anyone would actually shop for anime at a consignment shop id advertise to local anime club conventions etc. if it does decent ill go all in and risk a store but for now it keep cost down and help me build an inventory. any suggestions would be appreciated what would you buy, anything youd want to see.


What part of Nebraska?
Grand Island?


No siouxland area about an hour from Omaha live near grand island not sure how far away grand island is
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Khaltazar wrote:

I'll be honest, since that is what you're probably looking for. If I could find the same product online for cheaper, your store would probably become like BestBuy is to me. A place to browse for items I want and then order them online.

If I could find a store that didn't charge up to $10 more for an item WITHOUT shipping I would buy from them, but more than likely online is the cheaper option (even if you order 2 - day delivery it is still cheaper almost all the time.)

For example: If I found a product I wanted that was being sold in your location for $23.99 and went online and they sold it for $19.99 + shipping, I would probably buy from the store for instant access and not having to pay shipping. However, if it were marked up to $29.99 in your place I would most likely hit that buy button online instead.


Ya I get what your saying I just bought spice and wolf at Barnes and noble for 12.99 online its 8 bucks worst part was when I asked if they had it they kept trying to sell me the anime no one new the difference. I doubt I could compete with online prices but I'd be in-between. 8 and 13. Only advantage I'd have is the friendly store atmosphere and would know the difference. Between anime and manga LOL Barnes and noble would be only compition for several hour drive but there selection is mabye 80 to 100 mangas nothing else half that's naruto and one piece lol
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Posted 9/24/13 , edited 9/24/13

tdp7886 wrote:


Khaltazar wrote:

I'll be honest, since that is what you're probably looking for. If I could find the same product online for cheaper, your store would probably become like BestBuy is to me. A place to browse for items I want and then order them online.

If I could find a store that didn't charge up to $10 more for an item WITHOUT shipping I would buy from them, but more than likely online is the cheaper option (even if you order 2 - day delivery it is still cheaper almost all the time.)

For example: If I found a product I wanted that was being sold in your location for $23.99 and went online and they sold it for $19.99 + shipping, I would probably buy from the store for instant access and not having to pay shipping. However, if it were marked up to $29.99 in your place I would most likely hit that buy button online instead.


Ya I get what your saying I just bought spice and wolf at Barnes and noble for 12.99 online its 8 bucks worst part was when I asked if they had it they kept trying to sell me the anime no one new the difference. I doubt I could compete with online prices but I'd be in-between. 8 and 13. Only advantage I'd have is the friendly store atmosphere and would know the difference. Between anime and manga LOL Barnes and noble would be only compition for several hour drive but there selection is mabye 80 to 100 mangas nothing else half that's naruto and one piece lol


I don't think many people think of Barnes and Noble when it comes to Anime / Manga. It might be slow at first unless you have done lots of advertisements. You need to get people to know there is a new source for Anime / Manga / Figures open.
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you need to do some market research first (I.E who typically goes through the area you are, how many clubs/groups of otaku are their, what thye prefer etc etc,) and how to draw business their.
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If there was a full-out anime/manga store near me, I'd be all over it. I'd frequently go to browse around, buy what I like, and it would probably be great to meet new people that share anime interests. But I think the success of a niche shop like that depends on where you are. Around here where I live, anime isn't very popular so such a shop would have very few customers. If you're in an area where anime/manga is more popular, you'd probably have a lot more success.
Online-shopping is becoming so much more common and killing physical retail. Like for music, I love to walk into a shop, browse physical copy CDs, and impulse-buy what catches my attention. That's getting harder to do since everyone buys music from iTunes and such, and the music I listen to isn't Pop.
I personally would love to see more shops like what you're planning. Right now my only real option is to buy manga, DVDs, and Blu-Rays from Amazon.
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if you do it, and you should because you'll regret not doing it....

take adverts ( even just printed out location and what you sell) to local high school and collages < most have places to post for interest groups

good luck
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