The Dangers of Discounted Manga

May 12, 2009 | Author: | In: Anime Blogs, Everyday Life, Manga, Merchandise

No body can resist a sale. The whole idea of being able to purchase something at a fraction less than what it normally is priced at is something that you can’t simply ignore regardless of your financial situation. Including me. Last weekend and the weekend before, Kinokuniya Sydney had a sale on their manga range known as the “Super Awesome Panda Manga Sale” where a selected range of manga was priced at $4.95. The first weekend was also Free Comic Book Day where they had a sale of 20% all manga/comics in stock. This is the result of the two trips to Kinokuniya:

All that of that there came to a grand total of $300. I can honestly say that is the most I’ve ever spent on manga in a month at Kinokuniya. Only the Ai Yori Aoshi and Banner of the Stars volumes were the $4.95 manga. Everything else was priced normally with a few bought during the 20% off sale. The xxxHOLIC volumes I bought for my sister because I’m generous like that. So yes, the dangers of discounted manga. Even though you’re grabbing a whole lot, you won’t know how much it all is until you reach the checkout.

The amusing thing as well is that I probably won’t read through most of this until I’m in the mood to read. So just like my pile of figures, I’ve created a pile of unread manga as well. And I can say that it’s growing rather fast.

21 Responses to The Dangers of Discounted Manga



May 12th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

$300? =o That’s quite a bit *o*; Normally I’d suggest reading them on the train, but since you drive, no point xD;;

I’d certainly appreciate the xxxHOLIC collection, was your sister happy with them? x3

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May 12th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

i normally pay $5 for a chinese translated manga. XD the wonders of taiwanese prints. anyway i too have a huge pile of unread manga and books.

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May 12th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

haha… lol last week was my first time to kinokuniya and yeh blowed 170 on it from buying those giant comic magazines and artbooks X_X

but yeh… otaku… always dont mind about price for these stuff…

but somehow… i rather watch mangas online… but i would buy light novels tho =D

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May 12th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

Koshiko: My sister was quite happy about me buying them.

pp: Do you ever see your pile shrink though? Mine never seems to.

Pudding: I don’t like reading manga on the computer all that much. I rather have a physical copy and read on the lounge.



May 12th, 2009 at 11:50 pm

Nice manga there! I see some Lucky Star ^^

Since there are no stores like Kinokuniya around here, I tend to wait until Rightstuf has a big sale on some manga I’m interested in.

Recently though I’ve been buying Japanese imported manga. It’s generally cheaper than English translated manga and a good way to practice my Japanese :)

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May 13th, 2009 at 12:10 am

I’ve always agreed with this standpoint. Sales are evil in general. They have you spend money on things that you might not otherwise consider and then while you’re in the buying mood, you grab more stuff. This is why Black Friday and Cyber Monday are evil, evil holidays. The Rise of Consumerism? Yeah, you can whine about that I guess, but seriously? It’s just a big hole in your pocket.

Not that you’d really regret snatching up your goods. ;\

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May 13th, 2009 at 1:10 am

Hmmmm…. at this rate u won’t have enough room for your manga. lol
I knew the sale was on thanks to Seb (Snark) and via their website. Considering I don’t read manga I can easily ignore these sales.

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May 13th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

anonymous_object: I have a few Japanese manga as well. Though I don’t read them often.

Kiri: The other thing as well is that manga in general is relatively cheap compared to say figures, or artbooks, and DVDs. So there’s the lure that you think you won’t be paying all that much.

Optic: I never had room for my manga.



May 13th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Reminds me of my last trip up to the Japanese marketplace/bookstore that’s about an hour away from me. I brought my friend, and he racked up somewhere close to 500USD in Japanese manga, some was mine and some was his.

I understand with the manga sales, though. I work at a bookstore, and whenever we have employee weekend, I go a little spend crazy with it and pick up a lot of volumes of manga that I hadn’t gotten yet. I think last time I ended up picking up 1-8 of High School Debut, the 7-11 of Inubaka, and a few others. Dangerous, definitely. Of course, due to working at a bookstore, my manga stash is always higher than the amount I read on a normal basis, anyways, so I always have at least a couple stacks of manga that I haven’t read yet. …



May 13th, 2009 at 11:23 pm

Nice manga, I also own a lovely collection of xxxHolic manga.

But now I had stopped buying manga since they take up too much space, instead I try to read them at a manga cafe or something.

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May 14th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

I need vol 4 of xxholic and onwards as well Adun….



May 14th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

I loved the Ai Yori Aoshi series and kept checking the bookstores in the states for when the next volume finally hit the shelves. It’s light on the text but I read it slowly to appreciate the artwork of every cell, just as I do with the Aria mangas. Well worth your time.

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May 14th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

Kinokuniya’s 20% sales are always dangerous so I try to restrain my purchases until the sale period is announced. Latest sale in Singapore was only at the Liang Court branch rather than the Takashimaya branch though. They’ve wised up on the self-protection methods of us consumers! :(

On the other hand, it feels good to know that 1 out of 5 volumes of manga that you were going to buy anyway was effectively free! :D

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May 14th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

AHHH~! Shugo Chara! Vol. 6 was released!? And only at a mere $4.95?! *dies, and rushes out to Kinokuniya*



May 15th, 2009 at 8:37 am

$300 in total? I see 22 volumes, so practically each one was at $13 aprox.

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May 15th, 2009 at 10:02 am

ShadowKit: Working in bookstore? It’s like your own personal library, lol.

alafista: No manga cafes here in Australia. Local libraries have manga but most are old series.

Hiji: Hopefully you’ll find a sale near you.

Punynari: I loved the anime series and have always wanted to buy the manga. Luckily I found them for $4.95 each.

Zyl: Those sales are evil. It’s like a moth to a flame.

oTAKu: Oh Vol.6 was paid at normal price, not $4.95.

phossil: Well it does work out to be that, but it would be a lot higher if I bought everything at retail price.



May 15th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

There are a few manga cafes in Sydney, but they are all in chinese. Comic King in Sussex Street above City Hunter 1 seems to be the easiest one to get to and has a few other locations around Sydney.

I have found another one in George Street but I forget where it is, all I know is that there is no advertising to what the place actually is… it used to be located near Galaxy Bookshop near QVB if that helps. I walked in there and everyone was looking at me weird so I left haha.

There were some good finds at Kinokuniya, I bought a few myself.



May 15th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

Well, it’s like my own personal library until things get sent back and I haven’t bought the volumes yet. >.> I’m working on catching up with some of those currently… it’s a pain in the rear though.



May 19th, 2009 at 2:51 am

I’ve been wanting to buy some more manga for ages, but I’ve been holding off until I can finish what I have. I still have about half of Akamatsu’s stuff to finish 0_o

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