The Result of my Burning Passion – 2008 Expenditure

December 27, 2008 | Author: | In: Anime Blogs, Everyday Life, Figures, Merchandise, Miscellaneous

With the New Year approaching us very soon, it’s time to look back at the year that was 2008 and see how far my BURNING PASSION has taken me. 2008 has definitely been an interesting year for me as many factors such as increased salaries, the ever decreasing amount of space in my room, the EPIC Japan trip, the world financial crisis, and my otaku burnout all play a role in my spending habits. So hit the jump to check out my report of the year 2008.

This report will only cover my expenditure for imports and local expenditure of items ranging from figures, manga, DVDS etc. I have also excluded the total value from my Japan Expenditure Report as it would’ve blown the calculations out. Also majority of the items that I buy are sourced from various stores but my main sources are HLJ, Amazon Japan, Hobby Search, and Tamarket. First up is international orders:

As much as I hate Excel, I managed to put together a lovely graph for all to see. Click on the image to see a larger version. Like last year, I have split the statistics to show the actual total cost of items and the total cost of shipping for it’s respective months. All values are in Japanese Yen, but with the foreign exchange rates having varied over the past 6 months it’s value takes on a different meaning when converting back to local currencies.

The start of the year saw a sharp rise in spending with March being the highest overall. The high spike was thanks to the release of the CLANNAD movie on DVD where I acquired both Special and Collectors edition. Yes DVDs aren’t cheap but that has never stopped me before. Soon enough we start seeing a fall in spending as the months go on as I realised that Japan wasn’t that far away and it’s time for some hardcore saving. A lot of items were still on preorder but with the decline in spending, the decline in preordering was also in the process. Thankfully at this point my salary was on the rise as well.

Despite being in Japan, I still had packages arriving at the door which just added to the packages that I was sending home myself. But as soon as I’m back home in Australia, the spending had downsized dramatically. September was a serious month in regards to getting back to work and focusing on getting back on track as well as going through the otaku burnout. Soon enough I found my ground again and started preordering items once again. In November I also opted to have my items shipped by EMS now instead of the usual SAL.

So to sum up a few things about the graph and imports for 2008:

Total HLJ Orders: 29
Total Amazon Japan Orders: 4
Total Hobby Search Orders: 1

Total Figures: 30
Total Misc Items: 13 (this includes manga, DVDs, CDs, calendars etc)

Total Figure Expenditure: ¥149,836
Total Misc Expenditure: ¥51,842
Total Shipping Expenditure: ¥47,000

Grand Total Expenditure: ¥201,678

Most Expensive Figure: Alter 1/7 Yagami Hayate – ¥9,800 (Play-Asia, HLJ)
Most Economical Figure: Revoltech Guren Lagann – ¥1,805 (Play-Asia, HLJ)
Most Expensive Misc Item: CLANNAD Movie DVD Collector’s Edition – ¥7,467 (Play-Asia)
Most Economical Misc Item: Sketchbook Volume 1 (manga) – ¥552

Most Pleased: GSC Hatsune Miku – ¥5,238 (Play-Asia, HLJ)
Most Worthy: Arina Tanemura’s The Gentlemen’s Alliance Artbook – ¥1,714
Most Unworthy: RESINYA Horo – ¥7,058 (HLJ)
Largest Item: Alter 1/7 Yagami Hayate – ¥9,800 (Play-Asia, HLJ)
Smallest Item: COSPA Asakura Nemu Bell Choker – ¥1,905 (HLJ)

Compared to last year my figure expenditure is pretty much the same but my miscellaneous purchases have fallen quite a bit. This year the grand total expenditure is significantly less than last year as well which is to be expected since I was saving for a trip, and after the trip I stopped doing large purchases. Heck it’s even less than the 2006′s expenditure. With the value of the Aussie dollar against foreign currencies it certainly has had an impact on myimporting of goods especially DVDs from Amazon Japan.

Just like last year, I also recorded all my local purchases but at least this year I have all receipts. Expenditure on the home front has also changed a bit this year compared to 2007. One major change was the dates on local conventions such as Supanova, Animania, and SMASH.For me this year, I could only attend Supanova and Mini-Animania due to both Animania and SMASH were held whilst I was in Japan. Click on the graph for a larger version.

2008 also saw my purchases in manga increase significantly as I have taken an interest in a few series. The start of the year got me started on a few manga series as well as several Dengeki G’s Festival purchases. But just like imports, I slowed down in order to save money but once Supanova arrived, all hell broke loose. It was when Roobar and I decided to order $1083 worth of items for Tamarket to put everything in it’s own box. Remember, boxes are f**king awesome. Of course after that the local expenditure dropped to practically zero. August I was in Japan, and in September, I made an oath to purchase anything until I have some savings once again. Plus I was not in the mood for spending.

Soon enough as the months went on, my salary once again went on the rise due to a few things happening at work. But it was also my rise back into otakuism and doing it locally is the easy way to start off. So to sum up the graph and local expenditure for 2008:

Grand Total Local Expenditure: $1,852.39 AUD

Most Expensive Item: Alter Trigger Heart Exelica – $185 AUD (Play-Asia, HLJ)
Most Economical Item: Da Capo II Imaginary Future Vol. 2 – $11.09 AUD

Most Pleased: Sasaki Mutsumi est Artbook – $53.38 AUD
Most Worthy: Hayate no Gotoku Official Box – $30.36 AUD (HLJ)
Most Unworthy: Dengeki G’s Festival! Deluxe Vol 01 – $78.16 AUD

The most unexpected thing about 2008 was that the gran total is larger than 2007 by a milestone. It’s amusing what an increase in salary can do to one’s spending habits. Though I am glad that majority of convention spending is done during Supanova as I’m sure I would’ve added a few hundred dollars more to the total if Animania and SMASH were on a different month.

So another year of spending has come to an end (I don’t plan to buy anything for the rest of the year) and once again I have many treasures to add to my otaku empire. I’m speculating that 2009 will take on radical changes in my spending habits and I even speculate that it will be the lowest of all. My priorities have shifted over the past few months and I aim for the greatest thing that anyone can achieve: their own house. Or a brand new car. I’m hoping for the former. But we shall wait and see how things turn out, though I do look forward to what 2009 will have to offer in order to make holes in my wallet once again.

You can also check out The Result of my Burning Passion 2007.

12 Responses to The Result of my Burning Passion – 2008 Expenditure



December 27th, 2008 at 10:16 pm

I see that you have over JPY 20K spending in this last 2 months. I’m pretty surprised that global economic crisis (and bad AUD) didn’t really affect your spendings in those 2 months, on the contrary it’s going up. Is it because of Hayate?

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December 28th, 2008 at 12:28 am

Would have been interesting to see you integrate your Japan trip spending (on merchandise) into the charts above. That Dollfie would have skewed it something bad. :)


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December 28th, 2008 at 4:50 am

icie, I’m guessing it’d look something like an upside-down T. :P
Thankfully, and unfortunately, I’m still held back by a lack of credit card, so I usually can’t just go and get what I want.

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December 29th, 2008 at 7:43 am

I vouch for the new place…. this way you’ll have more room to display your spoils of war!!!

But ya, a graph of your Japan spendings be nice to see (cause graphs are awesome).



December 30th, 2008 at 2:36 pm

Woah shipping’s a real b*tch. 47k yen to postal services is surely painful. Great to see another inspirational year at MMR. We need to follow your example and spend out way out of the recesssion. :)

Onward to 2009!



December 30th, 2008 at 5:12 pm

I think that $78 for dengeki festival 1 is worthy enough haha :)

hehe i’m going to post mine soon as well, should be larger than previous as well for figurine/merchandise purchase, since I bought plenty of magazines this year also :)

ron~’s last blog post..Comiket 75 Doujin Game



December 30th, 2008 at 10:01 pm

sonic_ver2: Yeah that ¥20k was from the Alter Hayate. Shipping for that isn’t cheap.

icie: Oh that’s simple, just add ¥890,000 to the month of August. Though the dollfie isn’t that much of a large stake in it all.

Stripey: The more recent HLJ orders I have opted for EMS shipping as most of the time it works out only a little bit more. Though ¥47,000 in shipping isn’t all that much especially because of the Amazon orders.

ron~: I look forward to your post.



December 31st, 2008 at 12:49 pm

It seems if u don’t buy too much figures ur otakuism won’t cost that much.I just realized I spend same amount on manga,artbook,cd,doujinshi like stuffs as u do(perhaps even more depends on exchange rate)but that’s all



January 2nd, 2009 at 3:38 pm

Shipping is, indeed, scary. Tamarket must have been pretty happy with the two of you as customers! XD

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January 4th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Haha, I still remember my jaw dropping somewhat when I saw you handing over a grand during Supanova Sydney last year. I think you probably took the record for highest total expenditure made by a person in one con day at our stall XD

Mmm anyways been following your blog the last few months but haven’t actively commented so I thought I’d take the opportunity to do so and wish you a happy new year =D You’ve probably seen me around a lot at cons (I’m always at Supanova Brisbane and Syd helping to man the Tama-stalls ^^) but I can’t remember if I’ve actually ever made a formal introduction lol o_O

Bai~ ^o^


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