The Result of my Burning Passion – 2008 Expenditure
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
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.