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Most Cost Effective Way to Buy Manga
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Posted 5/26/14

AmaraEveinson wrote:

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.



I agree with others - Barnes & Noble (physical stores) generally sells manga for full MSRP, so it's not very cost-effective. I bought my first manga there (paid the full $10 per volume for Viz manga), but I soon after I discovered online buying, which is generally cheaper, and you can often get free shipping if you buy a certain minimum amount. Amazon and Rightstuf are both pretty good places to buy new manga from (Rightstuf often has sales from one publisher or another, so it's often worthwhile to wait till there's a sale going on).

If you're OK with buying used, which is often cheaper, and the only way to get some out-of-print titles...
[essay on buying used]


Digital is another option, from places like B&N, Amazon, or Google Play. Some people like digital, and others don't. Pricewise, it used to often be a lot cheaper, but the prices have gone up a little, and are about the same as a hardcopy that's on sale. But if you plan to move around a lot, read on the go, or want to collect "naughty" stuff you wouldn't want your little sister to find, it might be handy. There are also some older titles that are out-of-print, but are being re-released digitally, so that might be the only way you can get them brand new.



AmaraEveinson wrote:

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).

As far as what to buy - when you say you only plan to get 3-5 volumes, is this from the beginning of the series, or later? Personally, I would only buy the manga if the anime and manga have different endings. I would find out where the manga and anime "split" and buy the manga starting there.

Anyway, good luck!

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Posted 5/26/14 , edited 5/26/14
Id have to agree with what ice and cream has to say in her spoiler 100% I sell manga at local cons so I get them for wholesale but I could never compete with amazon sellers, some of the titles I couldn't make 25 cents on after amazons fees on new manga. so unless I could sell thousands a week iam making pennies for my work and still investing money in hundreds of titles. Its been my dream to open a small 800 to 1200 sq foot anime store but how could you ever compete with those big shots making penies per copy just because they sell thousands and id have to ask msrp to keep the doors open so ill just stick to conventions for now. I think most people would be surprised at what wholesale really is for the little guy and you would understand why they ask msrp. Also ive tried opening a stand in a mall during the holidays Nov- January as an experiment to see if an anime store would be plausible I got lots of people to stop and look and talk about there favorite titles but most people would see the price and say I can get it for less online the fan base was there just cant compete with amazon and ebay o well
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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 only works if the manga is actually part of that $35+ plan. i've found manga for dirt cheap but they weren't covered by that plan, which meant the shipping & handling of every single manga was added onto the total. Made it ridiculously expensive even though the books were like 1-4 dollars.

you can also check ebay if Amazon doesn't work. Sometimes they have free shipping too, depending on who and what.
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Hunt through local used book stores. There's some stuff in there that's in great condition, and most of the volumes are 4-5 bucks. Great for finding OOP stuff too. (At least at the shop I frequent, although I don't buy much there because I started collecting pretty recently. YMMV based on your store and what they accept when they're buying)
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I would recommend TRSI/Right Stuf to anyone wanting manga or anime. They are always having special sales (currently, it's up to 33% off Sublime books), and ordering in bulk easily saves on shipping. I've never had any issue with them. Plus their prices are almost always better than Amazon, and they are more environmentally friendly.
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Ebay is the best way to get great deals, but of course you have to be very careful. I got volumes 1-10 of Blue Exorcist for 60$, which normally would have cost about 100$ in retail price.
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Shop around on ebay as well as Amazon and stores. You may find some good deals on series that are no longer in print. I managed to get all the volumes of Beck that tokyopop released for £25($40) and the volumes individually were going for around £20($30). But as you should with ebay shop with caution and make sure to read the item condition.
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In my opinion, Ebay is the best place to buy collections for the cheapest. Mostly because they favor small sellers, and those people tend to be collectors selling their collections. Not always of course, just be careful in buying them.
I bought all 18 volumes of OHSHC for $100, normal price $180, and all 23 Volumes of TokyoPop's OOP Fruits Basket for $150. Still a great price, if you are willing to wait.

If not, Amazon/RighStuf are your best bet.
I only uses Barnes and Noble if I have a coupon.
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My library has hundreds of different volumes ^,^ and its free :P


Also, if you buy anime in bulk you can get a good discount. My friends mom is obsessed with manga so she buy hundreds of volumes online from the manufacturer so she gets them all 60% off since they know she will by everything~ She has like 5 of the same Sailor Moon sets and like 11 of the same Ranma ½ volumes too O.o!!
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I buy all my manga either on Amazon or Rightstuf. Just watch prices and sales. Yen press stuff is more expensive on amazon since the company that owns them is one of the companys that is fighting with amazon so its usually cheaper to just wait a bit until rightstuff has there titles on sales then buy a bunch at once so you get free shipping
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Posted 9/8/14 , edited 9/8/14
As someone who buys a lot of manga, I can give you some tips on the most cost effective way to get them.

Order from Rightstuf.com. You can get free shipping, and the default prices are already usually lower than Amazon or anywhere else. But the most cost effective way to order from Rightstuf is to WAIT until a sale on manga happens. You can usually get 30% off of manga by this point. Now the next step is to buy the Anime Membership from Rightstuf. This means that you can save an additional 10% off of most manga. So by the time that you check out, you've saved 40% on everything. Saves a LOT of money and also means that you have more money to spend on other things. It's also handy to pre-order things from Rightstuf when these sales happen, because you still get the discount and they will send you the stuff when it releases, and it adds towards getting free-shipping.
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Posted 9/8/14 , edited 9/8/14
Well telling you to order in America to save a few bucks isn't going to help you much I am afraid. But that's what I do if I want to buy a entire series. :mellow:. Individual novels are not worth the shipping fees. Just try to stack them up on Amazon and ship them out when you have more. Just like cornbreadhustler suggested .

Also never forget to look out for discounts or, if you are willing to, wait until the volumes drop a bit in price a few weeks after launch. Don't wait too long though! They might get more expensive once they're not produced anymore. Furthermore, if I pre-order over here I mostly get a cheaper volume then those who don't because the price goes up once they're in stock. Not sure why though.
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Posted 9/8/14
Rightstuf Christmas Sale or Amazon Christmas sale if you save up enough money you can come out with a big haul by the end of the holiday
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Posted 9/8/14
another thought is to buy the series, then sell it later and recoup some money/.
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Posted 9/8/14
Libarary? XD

oh what do I know - i read'em all online ;o
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