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Most Cost Effective Way to Buy Manga
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22 / F / Edina, MN, USA
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Posted 5/21/14
Something I've been trying is that if a manga series has only 20 or so volumes and I love that series, I would try to buy the whole collection. Of course, I wouldn't buy it that second. Any chance I would find myself at a local 'Barnes and Noble' and with some spare cash, I would make a point of buying the next volume of one of those series that I love. As for manga that have way more than 30 volumes and already has an anime, I would only get the 3 or 5 volumes and then get the whole anime instead. Then if that manga that has more than 30 volumes doesn't have an anime, then I don't know what to do (since I haven't gotten to that point yet).

What do you guys think of this plan? Do you think this is the most cost effective way to buy manga? How do you guys buy your manga? Thanks in advance for commenting and responding to this form!

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Posted 5/21/14 , edited 5/21/14
Use the power of coupons and % off's. Don't go to Barnes and Noble unless you want to pay $10 for a volume when you can get it as cheap as $5 (or even less!) on the internet or somewhere else (used copies can be just as good as brand new ones).

Just be a smart shopper and you'll be fine. Also, I wouldn't buy a few volumes then get the anime, since there are always changes made to the story in some way, no matter how small (and vice versa). Plus why buy a few then stop? What's the point of buying the volumes in the first place?


Buy longer running titles, such as Naruto, in short bursts -- like 1-2 volumes each month (or bi-monthly) until you have them all. That's what I'm doing with Gantz currently, which has 37 volumes.
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BUY A GIFTCARD!

EDIT: I actually have no idea where the manga section is in Barnes and Nobles and I looked everywhere but no manga section.
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You could buy on amazon, put them in your cart until you have over 35 dollars worth in there and get free shipping too.
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I'm closing in on 500 volumes of assorted manga and I love Amazon. Amazon has GREAT deals on manga. If you pre-order manga through Amazon, you get a lowest price guarantee which means even if you pay lets say 10$ for Attack on Titan, it usually goes down to 6-7$ and you save 3-4$. I've seen NEW manga as low as 5.95$ on Amazon, it's crazy. I'm an Amazon Prime member I pre-order all my manga and get it release day delivery. Amazon has been so good to me and I highly recommend purchasing manga on Amazon. Always great deals and sales and I've saved over hundreds of dollars shopping on Amazon than when I first started buying them at Barnes and Noble.
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Posted 5/21/14

cornbreadhustler wrote:

You could buy on amazon, put them in your cart until you have over 35 dollars worth in there and get free shipping too.


This sure sounds like a pretty good plan.
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Posted 5/22/14 , edited 5/22/14
I would say Amazon is a good place. I hear maybe ebay might have some good bids, but buying owned items bothers me. I would stick with Barnes and Noble or Amazon.
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Posted 5/22/14
One figure out a budget to spend on Manga (IMPORTANT),

You can go the digital route, but I don't support it. I actually hate it. Plus physical volumes make me feel intelligent.

Amazon is a great place to buy. I use it for series that exceed 30+ volumes. I usually buy from my local Comic shop because my friend is a miracle worker at finding things. and plus I get the odd discount here and there.

Another thing is if your in a high populated city, Look on the internet for eBay similar sites that are local to your area. Great place to get Manga. Also great at meeting new friends who have great knowledge of anime/manga.

Going to conventions is also a really great way to go but it cost more money.

And Yes, Coupons and Discounts are really helpful, But It all comes down to your budget.
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open a store at a con. buy it whole sale.
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Posted 5/23/14
Amazon will be you're best bet.

Now if you like graphic novels get the app comixology, thing is amazing.
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Posted 5/24/14
A lot of stores online sell manga for half price or less. Bundles usually help too.
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I'm in the UK, so I buy my manga from Forbidden Planet, because it's 3 for 2 on all manga, which is pretty awesome, and if I ever get boxsets, it means I get a crap load of discount!

I'm sure there are shops in America like that, just search around for the best prices. I usually find comic/gaming/figure/merchandise shops (don't know how else to explain it) have the best discounts for manga!
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It really sort of depends on what your specific situation is. Ask yourself the following questions:

1. Is this series old or new?
2. Is the volume new or used?
3. If the volume is used, is it undamaged?
4. If the volume is both used and damaged, is the damage serious (missing pages, cracked spine) or minor (torn pages which are otherwise intact, some coloring)?
5. Do I ever plan on reselling this copy at a secondhand retailer?

If you don't care about 1-4 and have no plans to resell your copy you might be well served to check out nearby libraries. Libraries' collections of books are constantly being updated, and that means they need to make room for new books. Sometimes libraries will put their old manga volumes up for sale on sites like Ebay or Amazon, but they'll often put books out on carts for people to simply take away for free. Check not only your local public library, but also public libraries in nearby municipalities. Don't skip the college/university libraries, either. Hit them all.

But don't stop there. It's also worth it to ask about damaged volumes at your local bookstore. The people opening boxes of books in the stockroom sometimes damage the top layer of volumes with their box knives, and sometimes boxes on the bed or near the roofs of truck trailers suffer from water damage in transit. Store managers would rather not have to deal with the hassle of damaged merchandise if they can help it, and so will likely be happy to sell them at a discount if they can't get some other form of compensation for the damage. The worst thing that can happen is they blow you off, but if you take steps to ensure that your timing is good and you present your request politely you're less likely to be blown off.
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Posted 5/26/14
Hmm well I don't exactly follow a cost effective way.

I don't like to use Amazon, because other than a few items, most of my luck using Amazon has been worse than using eBay, damaged books, wrong books, no help in getting the situation fixed, etc etc etc. But I do realize it is cheaper on Amazon, just so far my luck has given me nothing but headaches.

Now I do love going to Barnes and Noble, I have a fairly large store (in my opinion) at the mall right down the street from me. They have a fairly good selection of Manga. So far I have collected something like 115 volumes from there and there are plenty more I want to get. Most are from Anime series I already have watched, but there are few I have that either don't have an Anime or I haven't seen the Anime yet.

Usually I will buy 1-4 volumes per paycheck, so 2-8 a month. Yeah sure it gets expensive, but all good hobbies tend to be expensive in my opinion. My biggest problem, is I never seem to finish gathering all of the long running series I start... examples: I am only at vol 17 of Fairy Tail but there is like... 30+ volumes out in English and Fairy Tail was one of the first series I got, there is the entire second season of Rosario + Vampire volumes I still need to start collecting (I have the first), there is still like 8 volumes of Kimi ni Todoke I need to get.

So many different series out there I keep getting distracted by them...


ANYWAY enough of that and time to answer your other question that you put out:

What do I think of the plan? Well... I don't buy Anime usually... so I can't really say anything on that, but I would say: Why buy a few volumes then the Anime? Might as well get all the volumes, Anime usually has to skip stuff to fit in the time slot, so might as well get all the volumes honestly, or just the Anime, but not both unless you are willing to pay for both.
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