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Old 16-12-2004, 06:38 PM   #1   [permalink]
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Does anyone buy Anime these days?

With all the easily downloadable FTP sites with free anime available on the web, does anyone actually buy anime these days? The reason I'm asking is because I just started an Anime and J-POP Music shop in Fountain Valley, CA. Should I just give up or do people still buy CDs and DVDs???

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Old 16-12-2004, 06:55 PM   #2   [permalink]
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I buy all my anime because I:

a) have a crap computer
b) Don't know where to find fansubs
c) can't be fucked upgarding / looking

But in as such, my anime collection currently takes up a lot of space compared to people who just have a bunch of spindles.

Mind you, considering that fansubs exist only until the anime is officially released, it does place some people in a postion of advantage as once their down with their fansubs they can throw them away easily - as to compared to me who is stuck with their DVD's for life.
Oh well......
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Old 16-12-2004, 07:04 PM   #3   [permalink]
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First of all, I buy TONS of imported CDs. I don't download anime, but in the past I have bought some fansubs, but I buy my anime now. And as a matter of fact, I just bought .hack//sign and .hack//dusk. You're charging over $40 for just one disc of .hack//sign. You're going to have to make your prices reasonable if you want to sell anything. Your CDs are not documented worth a damn, no product codes, manufacturer, release date, nothing. It wouldn't surprise me if most or all of them are bootlegs, especially by looking at how much less you charge for those than the DVDs. You can't run a respectable anime DVD/CD shop unless you're a respectable dealer.

Second of all, you should edit your post and remove that link before a mod gives you a warning.
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Old 16-12-2004, 07:51 PM   #4   [permalink]
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Well I haven't bought anime for the past couple of months now, mainly due to my lack on interest with current series but yes I did buy anime. Sure fansubs these days are high in quality but they can't rival dvd picture and sound quality, plus I much prefer watching anime on a TV then the computer screen (sure you can convert the fansubs into VCD or DVD but ehh too lazy)

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What's wrong with that link? All it is is an online store.
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Old 16-12-2004, 07:53 PM   #5   [permalink]
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Originally Posted by JapanRecordGuy
With all the easily downloadable FTP sites with free anime available on the web, does anyone actually buy anime these days? The reason I'm asking is because I just started an Anime and J-POP Music shop in Fountain Valley, CA. Should I just give up or do people still buy CDs and DVDs???

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Yes, very much so. Most people I know watch a fansub of a previously unlicensed anime and then buy the R1 dvd's. Besides, most fansubs are stuff that are not out here, so I don't think it's going to hurt the anime industry as a whole. Speaking of the anime industry, it's still on the rise. The peak was back on 2000-2002, but it seems like anime is getting more and more releases. So yea, do NOT give up on your store, now's the time to start it.
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Old 16-12-2004, 08:31 PM   #6   [permalink]
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I buy all the anime I watch. To tell you the truth, I don't really know anyone who downloads anime off the internet. People still do buy DVDs and CDs, especially if the prices are low. There's nothing like actually holding a DVD case in your hands.
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Old 16-12-2004, 09:18 PM   #7   [permalink]
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You gotta support your favorite artists! If you didn't, then they wouldn't make anime or manga for all of us!
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Old 17-12-2004, 12:48 AM   #8   [permalink]
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No one noticed that this is his first post, and he linked to a site selling bootlegs?

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Old 17-12-2004, 07:32 AM   #9   [permalink]
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I clicked it. and it doesn't seem to have bootlegs...

JapanGuy, edit your post. You don't want to make the admin mad...
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Old 17-12-2004, 11:36 AM   #10   [permalink]
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Welcome to Animeboards, JapanRecordGuy!

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I'm going to edit your first post to remove the link to your store. We have a series of forums where webmastering, site promotion, and such can be discussed. Don't worry, I'm not going to warn you as you're new. But you did agree to the rules when you signed up so you may want to look them over again.

Quickly looking at the products you sell leaves me with the impression you sell imports or bootlegs. If you could send me a PM and confirm what you sell, I'd appreciate it.

On the topic, Hell yeah, I buy anime. I prefer to own physical copies of the media I enjoy. It looks more impressive on a shelf than in a folder directory under C:\Downloads\anime anyway.
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Old 17-12-2004, 12:54 PM   #11   [permalink]
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That link is still there, Drizzten.

Anyway, a way you can help your site is to elaborate on product info. There are people out there who actually don't mind buying bootlegs, but you better say what your products are, or you can find yourself a lawsuit. Other than that, please note that bootlegs are forbidden by US and international copyright law. The FBI is too busy for online reports, but somebody making a report to a local police station will close your store for good. You better take it seriously because it would only take one or two incidences like that to ruin your entire life.

My suggestion is to study the difference between authentic and counterfeit anime goods. For starters, any "commercial" DVD that is "all region" is bootleg. Laws in USA and Japan require DVD region coding, you'll never find an authentic anime DVD playable in all regions, not even a bonus DVD with an album.

Any seemingly "Japanese" anime CD that does not explicitly say it was made in Japan is a bootleg. By law, all Japanese CDs have release date and price printed on the jewel case insert and in most cases the spine card. Any authentic anime CD will say what country it's made in. Some bootleggers have enough balls to print on their CD that it's made in Taiwan, but that doesn't fool anyone who's smart.

Those are the easiest methods to check your inventory for authenticity, in case you had been ignorant about the bootlegs the whole time.
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Old 17-12-2004, 03:45 PM   #12   [permalink]
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Originally Posted by Splintr420
I clicked it. and it doesn't seem to have bootlegs...
"Esraflowne" for $41.85? "Stand Alone Complex 1-26" for $41.85? "Studio Ghibli Movie Collection" for $55.80?

Sounds like bootlegs to me.
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Old 17-12-2004, 03:49 PM   #13   [permalink]
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I have about 7 series, but for the past year, I've been mostly renting.
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Yes, I do. I've bought all my lisenced anime and still do.
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Old 17-12-2004, 09:55 PM   #15   [permalink]
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I still buy the dvds for the series that I am collecting ... fansubs do serve a purpose of giving people a taste of whats new (and they also put pressure on the production houses to get them to the international market) ...
... as for bootlegs ... they do look tempting ... and I have bought a few that were not available any other way (example: Flame of Recca) ... but if the licensed DVD is available, I would buy that.

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