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considering opening a anime store any suggestions
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I wouldn't open an "Anime" store, it's too specialized, instead open a nerd mecca where nerds of all kinds can gather to converse and collect, and overall just enjoy their nerd-dom. The point is you need to sell things from various avenues if you're hoping to open a store with a niche market which unfortunately anime is; also word of mouth can be more beneficial or detrimental than 1000 tv ads so keep a good reputation.
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Don't forget to offer music! Groups like Perfume, Girls Generation, Rin, Kalafina. . .there's a larger audience than you might suspect. I also love the cosplay suggestion--perhaps you might host a small event? A little cosplay party complete with the screening of an anime movie. . .Offer to host or assist with events involving your 4 local anime clubs. And I definitely agree with carrying snacks--even my local Kroger has begun carrying instant miso soup and botan rice candy, as well as Pocky. . .
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If you're planning on selling figures, make sure they're real. You can get figures off AmiAmi, HLJ, or HobbySearch, but shipping rates are pricey. AAA Anime is a good place to get figures for your store. Don't forget the model kits, especially the Gundams. Try selling some t-shirts and other apparel as well.
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moonhawk81 wrote:

Don't forget to offer music! Groups like Perfume, Girls Generation, Rin, Kalafina. . .there's a larger audience than you might suspect. I also love the cosplay suggestion--perhaps you might host a small event? A little cosplay party complete with the screening of an anime movie. . .Offer to host or assist with events involving your 4 local anime clubs. And I definitely agree with carrying snacks--even my local Kroger has begun carrying instant miso soup and botan rice candy, as well as Pocky. . .


ya ill have to look into the snacks I like the cd idea though but on a lighter note yowane haku will never beat miku lol also I wish my dad was cool enough/ geeky enough to use crunchyroll I guess its how you look at it lol
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If people are interested in this stuff then they will most likely purchase it online.


While I agree with this somewhat, personally i really like going to stores.

When you buy something online, you usually have a plan of what your going to buy " I wan't to buy MM!! season 1 on blu-ray" whereas when you go to a store you can more easily browse through everything, and find cool and unexpected things.

I also find it more convenient. When you buy online you have to wait awhile for it to get delivered, unless your rich and can afford to pay 1 day delivery if it's even available, and if it's an import it's even more, while in store you get it instantly and for no extra charge.

It'd also be nice for figures. I'd feel a lot better about dropping $50 - $200 on a figure if I could look at it and inspect it's quality in person before hand.


I think it would be awesome if you stocked manga and games in japanese. There are a lot of lesser known manga out there that aren't scanlated or licensed that are really good. Though buying up a bunch of those to sell would probably not go well, so it'd be cool if you offered some sort of ordering service where customers could request a specific manga or game and you import it for them. You could wait until there are a bunch of orders and import all at once, or wait until you restock and bundle in your orders or something.

I honestly have no idea how feasible these ideas are though, I have no business experience.
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Rena-Ryuuguu wrote:


schnipdip wrote:

If people are interested in this stuff then they will most likely purchase it online.


While I agree with this somewhat, personally i really like going to stores.

When you buy something online, you usually have a plan of what your going to buy " I wan't to buy MM!! season 1 on blu-ray" whereas when you go to a store you can more easily browse through everything, and find cool and unexpected things.

I also find it more convenient. When you buy online you have to wait awhile for it to get delivered, unless your rich and can afford to pay 1 day delivery if it's even available, and if it's an import it's even more, while in store you get it instantly and for no extra charge.

It'd also be nice for figures. I'd feel a lot better about dropping $50 - $200 on a figure if I could look at it and inspect it's quality in person before hand.


I think it would be awesome if you stocked manga and games in japanese. There are a lot of lesser known manga out there that aren't scanlated or licensed that are really good. Though buying up a bunch of those to sell would probably not go well, so it'd be cool if you offered some sort of ordering service where customers could request a specific manga or game and you import it for them. You could wait until there are a bunch of orders and import all at once, or wait until you restock and bundle in your orders or something.

I honestly have no idea how feasible these ideas are though, I have no business experience.


ya I definitely agree about ordering online I just ordered spice and wolf manga vol 6 from barnes and noble online msrp is 12.99 I paid 10.40 but 3.99 shipping so I paid 13.99 I didn't save anything and had to wait a week
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tdp7886 wrote:

ya I definitely agree about ordering online I just ordered spice and wolf manga vol 6 from barnes and noble online msrp is 12.99 I paid 10.40 but 3.99 shipping so I paid 13.99 I didn't save anything and had to wait a week


lol yeah, I got a B&N membership just to get the free express shipping for the Spice and Wolf novels, though currently it's not really worth it for just those. With SAO and Accel World on their way, and hopefully more light novels, it will be well worth it.
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Iam thinking of opening a anime store in my town ive had help from my city with a program they offer entrepreneurs with market research ive learned that there is 2 anime stores 1 has been open 5 years and is 90 mins away the other has 4 years and is 2 hours in the other direction. They also found 4 anime clubs in town I never new about, 2 in local colleges 1 in a high school 1 small one that meets at library to talk about manga now I don't really want any business help from crunchroll members I am curious if anyone had any unique ideas on what else could be sold in an anime store to help get more sales example id sell manga anime dvd plushies wall scrolls hug pillows figures etc and also offer video games and consuls I don't really want to sell video games theres 4 gamestops in town also have a comicbook store that does all the tabletop games card games for 15 years id like a plan B of items to sell along side anime merchandise to get more people in the store ive thought of minor computer repair any suggestions or input on anime stores you've been to are doing


Good luck! Looks like you already got some great ideas. I'm closing this now though because personal threads requesting help and advice are against [url label="site rules]/library/site_rules. For such requests please use the General Help/Advice thread (stickied near the top of the General Discussion forum).

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