Mass Manga Purchase Due to Closing Borders Stores

Topic started by sotyfan16 on Feb. 28, 2011. Last post by sotyfan16 3 years, 12 months ago.
Post by sotyfan16 (1,342 posts) See mini bio Level 20
Good morning Anime Vice! I know this blog is going up really early compared to the usually "Dunce Cap" episode but there will not be one today as the video was not done. Should be one ready for Friday, though. Therefore, this is a supplement blog.

As many of you probably know, Borders is closing a large number of stores due to declaring Chapter 11. 3 or 4 of of those stores were in 1 city a couple hours from where I live so I just had to go since everything was 20-40% off. A friend and I ended up going to 2 stores in the city and then another in the town where I went to college (it was not closing). Turns out that manga was only 20% off at both stores...But that did not deter us. I think my friend ( tazfreak1987) spent about $100 when I spent $200. The good part is that I ended up with 20 volumes and was able to finish 2 series. I won't bore you with the details yet so here is a pic of Saturday's purchases along with 4 volumes I bought the weekend before!

Top row: AiON Vol. 1, B.ICHI Vol. 1, Bakuman Vol. 1-3, and BioMega Vol. 1-4. Second row: Black Lagoon Vol. 1, Cat Paradise Vol. 2-5 (complete), Claymore Vol. 1, Highschool of the Dead Vol. 1, Jack Frost Vol. 1, and Soul Eater Vol. 1. Last row: Sundome Vol. 6-8 (complete) and Ultimo Vol. 1-3.

I have 12 volumes left to read from what you see above and I can't wait to talk about them in Dunce Cap for all of you! When I finish them all up I'll hand them off to tj1987 so he can read them to provide feedback as well. In the end there were a few Volume 1s I passed on for the sake of getting more volumes of series I already started. Was a little disappointed to not find volumes of a couple other series I've been eyeing. Lastly, many of you can also tell that just about all of the manga is either a Viz Media or Yen Press product. I don't mean for it to be that way but they publish pretty much every title I'm interested in. Enough from me for today so feel free to comment and I encourage y'all to check out these manga!

 -Will McQuigg ( sotyfan16) is your everyday anime/manga enthusiast. You can also find him on Twitter ( bildo_88).
Post by Catolf (254 posts) See mini bio Level 13
Great haul! Though even if things went 20% off I still am glad ours didn't go down, it's the only place you can get manga anymore around here.
Post by sickVisionz (4,327 posts) See mini bio Level 24
Holy moley @ $200 on manga at once.  Ball to you fall.
Post by sotyfan16 (1,342 posts) See mini bio Level 20
lol Technically, with the additional 4 volumes there the total is $250. And, $250 would have been the cost of the 20 volumes I just bought had they not been 20% off. I had stated before in comments and blogs that I was making manga a priority this year. I believe I've done that. No more spending on my part for a couple months as expenses I've never had are looming.
Post by OneHelluvaGirl (8 posts) See mini bio Level 9

Nice! You bought Bakuman.; I love that series! Unfortunately, I haven't been able to buy the manga volumes yet because I'm saving my money for the release of part 2 of a certain anime that comes out in the next two weeks.  

And holy crap, $200?! I only buy one volume at a time... I think, in total, I haven't even spent that much on manga. *looks at shelf* Maybe, what, $75 dollars? Less? 
I'm looking forward to the Dunce Cap video. I've only seen one, the one you did on Death Note, but I want to see the next one you come up with!
Post by PenguinDust (1,008 posts) See mini bio Level 13
Wow, looking at all of that almost makes me wish I still read, but it's just not something I've got the time for these days or the space come to think of it.  Kudos to you though for your haul.  I have to ask how you store your books.  When I was still collecting comics and manga a decade ago, everything was "bagged and boarded" even larger books.  As you can guess, I had large boxes full while my "normal" bookcase had a bunch of paperbacks I'd bought at the used bookstore during when I was really into reading sci-fi and mysteries.  So where do all your manga books go?  Do you have a special bookcase or do they go into a white-box store container?  Or maybe just piled under the bed.   
Back when I did collect, I don't think I ever spent $200 in one store, but I know for certain I came close and that's not adjusted for inflation.  Kudos to you for taking the plunge.
Post by JJOR64 (2,074 posts) See mini bio Level 16
Post by sora_thekey (1,097 posts) See mini bio Level 16
You should have waited until today for Ultimo Vol. 4! 
I love this... I want to go to your house and read manga all day long! 
Be sure to recommend some once you read them.
Post by ZombiePie (861 posts) See mini bio Level 15
I use to work at a Borders for a while. Didn't really get that far, it was just a seasonal job, but I became good friends with the manager. Manga fans use to drive her crazy because generally they would come inside and read the manga they wanted to read and then leave without making a purchase. Some would even bend the bridge so far back that the product would become "usellable." She was a borderline obsessive compulsive when it came to the bridges of her books so take that with a grain of salt. I never minded them as they weren't messy or anything. They were always nice kids, but I think they always thought I was some sort of pervert because they would be middle schoolers most of the time (which is why they never made purchases...they had no money and were waiting for their parents to pick them up) and I always made it a habit of keeping an eye on them and asking if they needed any help. It got even more awkward when I did my on site experience for teaching and the students learned who I was. 
Post by sotyfan16 (1,342 posts) See mini bio Level 20
I'm making manga my priority this year over anime. Good to know Dunce Cap is getting noticed more and more.
Well I bought 4 volumes 2 weekends ago at one store, then this past weekend I bought 10 volumes at one, 9 volumes at another, and 1 volume at yet another. As for storage, they are stacked on my floor along with all my games and movies. I really have no place to actually organize everything..which is sad since I've lived where I am now for 5 years. But most of that was spent at college.
I didn't know that! I had a free weekend and wanted to get what I could before the stores were empty. Starting next week my purchases will be covered in Dunce Cap. Not sure yet what I'll do for this Friday's episode because I want to keep Summer Wars for when I get together with my co-host. You're more than welcome to read what I got. lol
That's funny. There are some stores I'd like to work at because of employee discounts but it's no big deal since I wait for sales.
Post by ShadowKnight508 (5,358 posts) See mini bio Level 19
Nice haul...we used to have a Borders, but it shut down years ago after we had a massive Barnes and Nobel move into town. Anyway, $200 for all of that manga is pretty good.
Post by takashichea (15,950 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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Dude! You went to Borders, too. I did too. My blog is not detailed like yours. I only bought 8 mangas and 1 book. I did not save much as I thought. Each book is roughly 10 dollars and the discount is 20-40%. It's only 20% just like your store. Also, I got another email that Borders is increasing the discount to 50%, but I am spent already and most of manga and comics are gone. The good ones I add.  
Edit: You beat me at spenting.
Post by AgentJ (1,545 posts) See mini bio Level 13
Wow, they had Sundome at Borders? That is a big shock to the system.
Post by sotyfan16 (1,342 posts) See mini bio Level 20
You can find the series about anywhere that sells manga but it's easier to find it online. Besides, they are wrapped. I now own all 8 volumes of it but still have to read the last couple.
Post by EquitasInvictus (332 posts) See mini bio Level 15
@sotyfan16 said:
" @AgentJ: You can find the series about anywhere that sells manga but it's easier to find it online. Besides, they are wrapped. I now own all 8 volumes of it but still have to read the last couple. "
That's weird. I can't even find the first volume. Not in Kinokuniya - that Japanese bookstore in NYC, and not even in Amazon (the seller told me they actually didn't have it and I was pretty upset.). 
Post by sotyfan16 (1,342 posts) See mini bio Level 20
 Amazon itself has at least volumes 2-4, 6, and 8 of Sundome. Rightstuf has all 8. I'll talk about the series in Dunce Cap eventually and plan to write a review for each volume as well.
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