Post Reply lets say i buy a figure, or other merchandise -not dvds- on here
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Posted 9/8/16
we all talk about the anime industry and all that jazz
if I buy anime merch, non dvd, on CR will it go to the industry? will it help??
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Yes, not matter what you buy from the CR store, some of it goes to the anime industry.
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It should, because you're buying licensed merchandise for that show, since Crunchyroll works to make sure that all of the merchandise on their site is officially licensed. So therefore, if you're buying the official merchandise, than you're supporting the original creators of the anime or manga it comes from, as well as the studio or publishers who made it/distributed it, etc.. So yes, buying officially licensed merchandise other than anime DVDs does help the anime industry. It means more money is poured back into the original show or manga than just from the sales of the DVDs or books.
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Yes, if you bought genuine merch from anywhere it would benefit the industry, even if its only a little bit.
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Posted 9/9/16 , edited 9/9/16
I would disagree with atomsmasher25 as they are forgetting the issue of re-licensing a new product line.

If you buy a piece of licensed merchandise is some of your money going back to the company that produced the anime or manga? No (unless the licensing contract had some form of royalties clause).

However, if enough people buy a licensed product, the licence holder will recognise the profitability of the line and reinvest with a new licence for a different line that they hope will be profitable too (or renew the licence of the original line if it remains profitable). The company that produced the new anime or manga will then receive money for the new licence.

Barring a situation where the licence holder gives up on the industry and decides not to licence any more products, your buying merchandise will encourage higher licence fees for the next anime or manga series.

atomsmasher25 also points out that money doesn't trickle down to the individual creators. Again this is a red herring. Creators who helped produce a profitable line can then charge higher fees for their next creation. The scenario of the creator not seeing any profit at all only occurs where they fail to produce a profitable creation or they decide not to create a new line, so the opportunity for profit is lost. Is it a perfect system and does everyone get what they deserve? Unlikely, as in any industry the bigger players always have more power and influence than an individual.
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Posted 9/9/16 , edited 9/9/16
The answer is no.

To explain, license product is cash upfront business. If the figure, shirt,etc doesn't sell it doesn't matter the company has already been paid for the use of the character.

That being said buying an item merely helps the brand and allows people to see how well the brand is. Take for instance Mattel; they have the He-man and DC comics license. When DC started the New 52 books, Mattel wanted to keep up with them but to give classic collectors a chance to get what they wanted. The Infinite club was started but poorly run with many times the person in charge of PR blaming us for them not being able to sell a product where you only reveal 4 out of the 12 characters merely suspecting we should trust you. After two years; it failed. They did the same for He-man and the Greyskull castle however they were able to hit the mark. There is also Bandai and there attempts to make Power Ranger Statues which they cancelled when the Green Ranger sold poorly.

In the other form Hasbro has the rights to both Marvel which they bought for 80 million and Star Wars which was 225 million from Disney; they can sell nothing if they were so inclined instead they sell tons of characters which were created by writers and colorist that were still around yet none of the money sold goes to them. Hasbro doesn't have to pay any of them for there work because they have the rights to make these figures from Marvel/Disney so any profit they get from stores buying orders goes in there pocket than the store adds on cost of shipping and sells to consumers again in no form does this enrich the people who worked to make these characters popular.
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