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Post Reply Being an otaku is an expensive lifestyle
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Posted 1/23/17
@octorockandroll: Kaneki awakened figurine from Kotobukiya
(btw the the YesAnime figurines were bought through CR, sorry about that)
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Posted 1/23/17

MonoDreams wrote:

@octorockandroll: Kaneki awakened figurine from Kotobukiya
(btw the the YesAnime figurines were bought through CR, sorry about that)


Ah. Well its a shame none of those 4 figures are of things I like but its good to hear that you seem to have gotten them at a good price.
Posted 1/23/17
yes it is because buying all the dvds, bluerays . Plus the games and then the figures also plushies .Also posters manga and all the other stuff . If you collect all of it will cost a whole lot . I collect quite a bit and they are pretty expensive but worth it .
Posted 1/23/17

octorockandroll wrote:
I do. And really, I think what you're describing is really the typical "anime/otaku level" of most of us that have money to spend. I think the only things I see people do moderately often that weren't mentioned in your post are cosplay (which I guess can count as an insane purchase seeing as most people spend lots of money on it) decorations (like posters, curtains and shirts, which don't cost much at all) and gunpla (which takes up an average of $40-$60 a month for the average gunpla fan from my observations) I guess it all depends on the person.


I don't think cosplay really resonated with me. I tried it a few times over here (America) and once over in Japan - it just felt like it killed the experience of a convention for me (people asking me for photos and the likes). I guess my anti-social personality kind of overwrote the whole logic of "but this is part of the experience" that most cosplayers have.

Gunpla filled up most of my goods on my way back from Japan - it's probably the first hobby that I dismissed shortly after coming back. Not very accessible, super expensive (especially at that time - the $40-60 you see now used to be $90-250 USD depending on the size of the model), and difficult to move/relocate with. Decorations used to take up most of my time and money when I was hardcore into anime (otaku-level maximum). I'd always have to have a shirt for each anime that I loved, at least one wall scroll of my favorite character, ..etc etc. So importing a few $10-15 shirts would cost quite a bit at the time.

Nowadays? I sometimes grab a series on Blu-Ray/DVD from time to time. I have wall scrolls but don't put them up. When it comes to figures/models, I'm not a fan of the fan-service heavy ones (or skimpy swimsuits either). This has reduced my costs in figures tremendously (skimpy: $165, non-skimpy: $80-140 - same character) and it was already a "rare" situation for me to purchase one as it were.

As for the disposable income - most of it just goes straight into savings. Sometimes that doesn't happen, sometimes it does.
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Posted 1/23/17

Raventhedarkangel wrote: but worth it .


Economic theory suggests you are correct. If something is not worth the price, a consumer will not purchase the item.

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Posted 1/23/17
I don' t have a lot of anime stuff but I was big into Marvel statues a while back along with 30+ boxes filled with comic books. Along with shelves filled with graphic novels and some manga.

A couple years ago I stopped collecting because I was running out of space. If I ever get a man cave I would probably start back up. And after having a kid I stopped caring about buying stuff for myself and focused more on her.
Posted 1/23/17
Yes, and it is the reason why I don't have a lot of anime merch.
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Posted 1/23/17
Yes, but not just for us. Every hobby begins to tax the wallet if one is devoted enough. Know any gun enthusiasts? Ask them how expensive their hobby gets.
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Posted 1/23/17 , edited 1/23/17
Now that you mention this, however old this news is (about how being an otaku is expensive), keep this in mind as well:

Roughly $12,000 for a life-size model of Rem.

If you can afford it, though, go for it.
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Posted 1/23/17

Gross1985 wrote:

Now that you mention this, however old this news is (about how being an otaku is expensive), keep this in mind as well:

Roughly $12,000 for a life-size model of Rem.

If you can afford it, though, go for it.


If I had that kind of money I'll buy it in a heartbeat I'll even buy Ram but 12000 is a little overkill if you ask me
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Posted 1/23/17

camay1997 wrote:

Yes, but not just for us. Every hobby begins to tax the wallet if one is devoted enough. Know any gun enthusiasts? Ask them how expensive their hobby gets.


I see what you mean, I'm personally not into collecting anything anime related so I didn't know it could be so expensive before I looked at this thread. I'm into cars though, so I've had my fair share of moments where I look at the price tag and cry lol.
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Posted 1/23/17 , edited 1/23/17
So while I wait to get my collection big enough to get another 6 layer book shelf I calculated what I collected book wise in 2016 and came to the conclusion assuming every book is at least $10 not including the dvds is worth around $700-$1000 if you include everything which are statues and DVD and games it will probably be $3000-$4000 in one year alone
Posted 1/23/17
i was spending a lot of money but thankfully i stopped
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Posted 1/23/17

OpTicLaYeRs wrote:

So while I wait to get my collection big enough to get another 6 layer book shelf I calculated what I collected book wise in 2016 and came to the conclusion assuming every book is at least $10 not including the dvds is worth around $700-$1000 if you include everything which are statues and DVD and games it will probably be $3000-$4000 in one year alone.


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Posted 1/23/17 , edited 1/23/17
I spend $60 a year on my CR membership.. That's pretty much it. Once in a blue moon I'll buy a series if I'm likely to want to re-watch it. In my thirty-some years of life that's amounted to less than one shelf of my movie / games cabinet.

I guess I'm just not a real fan.
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