As for the topic at hand, I don't buy anime for two simple reasons: I don't have the money, and, even if I did, I'm the type of person who doesn't watch something more then once. I cant justify spending upwards of $40-$100 dollars on some DVD's, or a few dollars on a per episode basis, for something that I will watch the one time and never want to watch again. I have never bought a movie in my life for that very reason. I know I would never watch it again, so why would I go spend $20-$30 on a VHS/DVD that, at best, would entertain me for sixty to ninety minutes? When, when it was over, it would just be thrown in a corner to collect dust to never be watched again.
The only way I can see them realistically getting someone like me to pay for this kind of thing, besides the day hell freezes over and I have disposable income again, is to offer a buffet style service. Something where I would pay a yearly fee of say $40-$50, or $5-$10 a month, and I get access to tons of different anime that I can watch when ever I want to and that is constantly being added to. The problem with this is that no one studio would have more then one or two shows that I would like to watch, let alone be willing to pay a monthly/yearly fee for. No matter how good of a service they offer though, it will always be prefaced with whether or not I have access to the extra money to spend on it. While that may not be something that most people have to give any thought to, given my personal living situation it's next to impossible for me to come up with that kind of money to pay for something like this.
Whether you want to call me an evil prick because of this I don't care, that's just how it is for me. If I won the lotto tomorrow I would go out and buy two copies of every anime I have ever watched and enjoyed, and from that day forward do nothing but buy them. However I don't think that's going to happen, so I will just have to stick to downloading the few shows out there, that I haven't already seen, that look to be half way decent. Something that is becoming rarer and rarer all the time as the kind of things I always like, no matter the medium, always seem to be the first thing to stop getting made, while twenty or more generic bubble gum high school shows get shoveled out the door every other week.
I doubt anyone has bothered to read this far, but if you did sorry if non of that makes any sense. I'm writing this in the middle of the night and I'm half asleep. ^_- b