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Posted 2/7/15
I only tend to buy the series and movies on DVDs/Bluerays I really like and am going to want to watch again more them a few times. As I only have so much money and space.

It also makes it so I treasure what I have more because I really thought about it before I bought the item.
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I normally buy anime of shows I have really enjoyed, like Birdy the Mighty decoded, or Eden of the east, I don't normally buy DVD's granted, mostly because either the price is way up there, or the show has not DVD release, or if its a new show i normally try to get a feel of it, on say streaming sites, being either crunchyroll, funimatoin, or what ever. I actually buy manga, i prefer to have it in my hand to read it. As well I buy tons of model kits and figures. I do what i can to support the industry.
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I only buy manga unfortunately. Anime DVDs/Blu Rays are too expensive for me, especially when the episodes are separated by volumes.
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No one buys anime anymore. This is what happens when the customers gain the first mover advantage and post anime and manga online.
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Posted 2/8/15
I occasionally will buy hard versions of series.
It usually comes down to price, how much I want it, how long it has been since I've seen it, and how much I liked it when I watched it free. I travel a lot, so sometimes having a hard copy of something you haven't seen in ages is nice when a stable WiFi connection can't be found.
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20 / F / Defeating enemies...
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Posted 2/8/15
I usually only buy DVD/BDs for shows I really enjoyed and would watch again. I've never bought DVDs for shows that I haven't seen, since they are expensive and there's a risk I won't like it. When it comes to manga, I'm a manga hoarder. I read a lot of manga online, but if I love a series, I'll go out and buy the physical copies. I've also bought manga for series that I haven't read online, and I've generally had good luck with that, plus manga is relatively inexpensive, so the risk isn't high. As for figures, I'm buying more and more of them. And I always buy t-shirts for shows I like. This past year, I probably spent somewhere close to $6000 on anime goods overall.
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With sites like crunchyroll, and also the free anime host sites out there, would any of you purchase anime? Previously watched or new to you? I already do buy anime whether I've seen it or not. However I'm more inclined to buy anime I have seen. When it comes to anime I haven't I'll do it occasionally if something catches my eye and is cheap. My first blind buy was Shangri-:La(chipboard box version) and it was cheap. I did not care for the series, but still am glad to have it as part of my collection.

Crunchyroll gives us a way to give back to the anime industry by signing up and supporting it with $7 a month from each of us. But even with crunchyroll, do you go out of your way to buy manga hard copies or anime dvd's, posters, shirts, etc?
Very much so. I prefer owning physical copies and just adding to my collection. However I like to buy in bulk and during sales, collecting this stuff ain't cheap. I will buy from places like Rightstuf or go to my local entertainment store(F.Y.E) and see what they have used or on sale. Currently it's been awhile since I bought any anime due to money and working on my movie and tv show collection(Just got the whole series to Breaking Bad at Target for $54( they had a sale and I had my employee discount)).

If you do, how much do you spend and whats the criteria for something to be 'hard copy worthy' for you? As long as I get a working copy of the anime/series/movie I am fine. I'm not picky on whether it's Bluray or not, limited edition or not as long as I have the series I'm fine. I try to hit sales so I am able to buy more.
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rarely do i buy it. Although I did buy 'Cowboy Bebop the Complete Series' on blu ray the other day. It seemed like a must have~
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Posted 2/8/15
I used to do a lot of blind buying, and so my level of enjoyment of a series was hit or miss. This wasn't terribly bad as a lot of the time I bought things that weren't too expensive or did so when there was a sale happening in a variety of places. But with legal streaming and the chance to test a lot of different seasonal shows, I'm now able to focus on the series I really liked and will invest my money in them. This is extremely important as I have pretty much shifted to importing the Japanese blu-ray releases and that is very expensive. I do plan on continuing to buy domestic releases presented in an attractive limited edition ( such as Sentai's release of Chuunibyou ) but the majority of my anime purchases are now imports.



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27 / M / Far west texas
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Yeah, I still buy dvds and some blu-ray. I like having a physical copy and anime doesn't stay on streaming sites forever. I don't often buy merchandise, usually just the shows themselves. I buy new when I can but it is usually overpriced.... Like mentioned earlier by another poster I won't pay $60 for a 12 or 13 episode anime. I buy a lot of anime used because of high prices of new release or wait for reduced priced boxsets, the most I've spent on a single anime was about $120 on yu yu hakusho (new). I usually only buy dvds of anime I've seen but occasionally if it's cheap I'll give a random series a shot; if it looks interesting I'll look for trailers on youtube first.
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39 / M / California
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I have been buying either "must haves" like the new Cowboy Bebop bd, older, cheap releases like Fatal Fury OVA, or shows that I couldn't find on legal sites in decent quality/subtitled like Macross Plus. My most recent purchases were Castle of Cagliostro and The Wind Rises, so an alpha and omega of Hayao Miyazaki theme.
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