Shopping Guide

This is mostly for my reference, much like the list of publishers I’ve got here. I forget the names of the smaller companies I buy from, so I wanted to keep a list. Plus I feel like telling people about Just Manga. Please note that I am not being paid to advertise these websites, and clicking these links won’t give me money or anything like that, I’m just being honest about them and my experiences there.

The Right Stuf – I’ve bought from this company for the past eighty years. They were quite literally the first place I bought stuff from with a credit card, and I used to do it the old-fashioned way, by ordering through their catalog over the telephone. When I expressed shock after they replaced their old website recently, my roommate told me that I’d finally given them enough money to pay for a designer. I wait for their studio sales and preorder everything by publisher as far ahead as I can. I usually get something like 33-40% off doing things that way. The disadvantage is that they can take forever to get things in stock sometimes, particularly books which have been out for a year or so, but new releases suffer as well. It’s better than it used to be, for what it’s worth. I’ve got plenty to read while I wait though, and if you’re not particularly concerned with getting it the day after it comes out, it’s pretty much the cheapest you’re going to find new releases. Great customer service who will cater to your every need by either e-mail or telephone.

Just Manga – For everything that I’m not preordering from the Right Stuf, I pretty much go straight here. They’re a bit smaller and newer, but I’ve been ordering from them for about two years, and they’ve been spectacular. Other than a vaguely ugly website, the only disadvantage is that sometimes you place an order for an in stock item that isn’t actually available, but even in those cases, they get the item in 2-3 days and send out your order. The discounts are much shorter here (around 10-20%), but the more you buy, the more is available in their “$5.55″ area, and you can snag one book for roughly 50% off with every order that way. I’ve slowly bought entire series via $5.55. They get in new releases really fast, have a really large catalog of basically every manga in print, and the only books they don’t carry are a handful of volumes from small publishers. Their customer service is great, and they let you know right away if there’s a problem and deal with your issues immediately. I also use them for books that I want right away and don’t want to wait for the Right Stuf to get in stock.

Amazon.com – I actually try to avoid this site if at all possible. The only advantage you have here is that they have literally everything (I normally go here for the “handful of volumes from small publishers” mentioned above) and if it is in stock, they definitely have it. I advise against their free shipping offer since I’ve had to wait nearly two weeks for them to ship out in stock items that way. I’ve received books from them in the worst shape, totally filthy and trashed, and I’ve got a lot of issues with their shoddy packaging as well. The boxes I’ve gotten from them have been ripped open and crushed due to them being too large, and often when they shrinkwrap my books to the cardboard inside the big box the books are damaged in the process. Their 3rd party eBay-ish marketplace is extremely useful when locating out-of-print items, but can be pricey, and a lot of the sellers are shady.

Amazon.co.jp – I know I dissed the English-language version of the same company above, but there’s just no other place that’s got a selection of Japanese language manga like Amazon Japan. Most of the stuff I’m interested in is recent and in print, so most of it’s going to be here. The prices are also criminally low. Don’t celebrate too much though, because while you’re only paying 3-5 dollars per volume, they will beat you up and take your wallet when it comes to shipping. There is no shipping speed or courier choice, everything will be sent Global Express. This usually costs me between $40-$60 for around eight books. It takes the sting off a bit when it’s in your hand the next day, but goddamn, I don’t need it that fast. They’ve got some of the same issues with packaging as their English-language counterpart, but they’ve never sent me dirty books. They have the best selection I’ve seen of manga magazines, but they are missing bizarre key items, like Young Animal and… er, Shounen Jump.

Aclimate Solution – I’ve only used them twice, but I highly recommend them for anything you may be looking for which is out of print or hard to find. The site isn’t much to look at, so don’t. Just e-mail the contact on the site with ISBNs or titles of what you’re looking for and whether you want the stuff new or used. They’ll e-mail you back with prices for the volumes, and you can then place the order through e-mail. The prices are really good compared to everyplace else I shop, and they give you an amazing deal considering they’ll find whatever out-of-print editions you’re looking for. They’ve got decent prices on shipping, too, and I know they’ve been around for a number of years, so they’re not going to disappear overnight or anything.

Jpqueen – I’ve ordered a few doujinshi from here as well as some out-of-print items and artbooks. They’re prices are decent on both items and shipping, but last time I was there they had some obscure payment methods, so I don’t use them very much. It’s just too much a pain to obtain and send an International Postal Money Order for an item that I’m only paying $10 shipped for. I should mention that when verifying the link to post here, I just found an item that is over 25 years old that SHOULDN’T EXIST, so the worth of this site just shot up. On that note, they know what they’re rare stuff’s worth, so you will pay for these things which are 25 years old and don’t exist. Bringing them into this plane of existence is worth it, though. I also tend to look here first for doujinshi when I’m in the mood, but I’m not much of a doujinshi shopper, so there may be better sources for newer titles. They do have a pretty good selection of old doujinshi, though.

Sasuga Books – I don’t really recommend them. They’ve got an okay selection, but they don’t have some of what’s on their website instock, and I’ve heard they can be bad about cancelling items they don’t have or can’t get. I’ve never had a problem with that, though. Their prices are reasonable… they do mark up a little, but they’re site’s easy to use and entirely in English, and they do keep popular items in stock. The shipping is very reasonable. I didn’t have any problems using them for a couple years, but they got $40 or so dollars out of me for an order they never confirmed or shipped, and several e-mails to their customer service address as well as an unanswered telephone call never got me my money back. They did the same thing when I tried them a few years later, this time on an item that I paid a stupid amount of money for, but a phone call netted me an apology and the processing of my order. The item was totally worth it, and I wouldn’t have got it nearly as cheap anyplace else, but that was enough money nearly lost so that I’ll probably not go there again.

Yesasia – I’ve only ordered a few oddball items from here. Their website is nice, and what you pay for shipping is decent, but their selection is not so hot. I honestly don’t have much use for this website since I would only buy books, but it may be good if you’re looking for DVDs or CDs or something like that to import.

Nippon-Export – I’ve ordered from them twice, both times were large-ish artbook orders. Their checkout/credit card payment page is dodgy as hell, but I didn’t have my identity stolen, so I guess that’s okay. They’ve got great prices on otherwise expensive artbooks, but their shipping is an arm and a leg, so it balances out.

Book Closeouts – I haven’t ordered from the retail side of this business, but I’ve done enough business with the wholesale side (read: A LOT) to know that they’re good people. These are remainders and/or overstocks, so they will almost certainly have some sort of mark on the top or bottom edge of the page, and they will occasionally have some minor damage as a result of being shuffled and shipped around a few different places. But stuff here is super-cheap, and even more so if they happen to be having a sale. They tend to only have random volumes in stock, but look here first if you’re tracking down an older title.

Kinokuniya – I’ve not ordered from here either, but they are a really popular Japanese bookstore located on the coasts of the US.  I’ve never been there or shopped their website, but they do have a huge selection of books in both English and Japanese, you can choose where the item ships from, and their reputation is pretty great as far as reliability goes.  I just tried a few English-language books from small publishers as well as a few famous older Japanese titles, and they seem to have everything, so if you’re having trouble finding things (even out of print things), you might try here.

Mile High Comics – I’ve ordered from here a few times.  Their selection of old manga publications in English really impresses me.  I tested it on some old items from the Viz and Mixx catalogs, and they seem to have old back (floppy) issues of things like X/1999, Mixxzine, Smile, Animerica Extra, Baoh, Pineapple Army, and even a few random issues of Sailor Moon.  Hey, they even have a few random Studio Ironcat things lying around.  They do have graphic novels too, but they seem to specialize in obscure things rather than the current stuff.  Their primary focus is not manga, so if you happen to need back issues of The Power of Shazam, you can pick those up while you get Keiko Nishi’s Promise if you so choose.  Their prices are really great, and they have a pretty strict quality grade scale (unlike the remainder dealers on Amazon).  Actually, the more I look for old things, the more I’m tempted to buy.  I’m getting ready to place an order for something my roommate’s been searching eBay for months.

Celga – A service that will order things from Japanese marketplaces that won’t ship outside of Japan for you.  I’ve used them to get some really, really old and odd stuff from the Yahoo Japan auctions.  On one hand, the stuff up for auction is CHEAP.  Ridiculously so.  That isn’t always the case, but for the most part, you’ll find good prices there.  On the other hand, you have to pay Celga’s fee, then a bank transfer fee, then shipping within Japan, then shipping to the US.  The cheap prices balance out with all the fees, but to be honest, I got stuff here I wouldn’t have been able to get anywhere else.  It actually doesn’t hurt the wallet that badly, since every order is paid for in three steps (half the item’s price when you request they place a bid, the second half + fees after you win the item a few days later, then the final international shipping fee when the item arrives in their warehouse a week or so after that).  They also did me the unexpected kindness of shipping out my order before I paid the final shipping fees.  They also have aids on their site for popular series so you can browse through things without knowing Japanese if you’d like, and they have lists of marketplaces they deal with if you’re looking for something in particular or don’t want to use Yahoo or the other common choices.


25 Comments on “Shopping Guide”

  1. Sara K. says:

    I recommend putting Milehighcomics on the list too. They are an odd store (probably because their focus is on obscure American comics rather than manga), but sometimes that’s good. If you wait for the right sale, you can get new stuff at Mile High Comics about as cheap as anywhere else. The shipping is good, and the few times I’ve ordered from them I’ve had good service. Note that when you order from them, EVERY item is individually wrappred with its own plastic jacket, which is a plus or a minus depending on your point of view. But the thing which makes Mile High Comics really wacky is their selection of manga. If you want to get something like Nana, you’re out of luck, but if you want some Moto Hagio, they have it (I bought the individual issues of “They Were Eleven” from them, since I was not interested in paying $40 for Four Shojo Stories).

  2. Connie says:

    Actually, yes, thank you for pointing them out again, I didn’t really look closely the first time you referred me to them. They seem to have a really amazing selection of back issues. I just looked up some of the older stuff that came to mind, like some other old Viz shoujo comics (Promise, the old issues of X), and they seem to have back issues of things like Animerica Extra, Smile, and Tokyopop Magazine, all of which I haven’t seen in years around here. That’s pretty impressive.

  3. Sara K. says:

    I would like to point out that I occasionally disagree with their grading standards … but since I don’t really care if something is Near Mint or, say, Fine, I never tried to open a dispute, since if I read it more than once it sure isn’t going to stay Near Mint anyway (books and comics are for loving, not cryostasis). And for comics graded below Near Mint, I’ve never disagreed with the grading.

    And I’m curious … what was the item from 25 years ago on Jpqueen which doesn’t exist? The only manga item (in English) like that I can think of is the Scholdt Rose of Versailles volumes. I don’t own them, but I read the first one, and since it’s an abridged version of Rose of Versailles (about 1/3 of the pages were cut), I’m glad it’s out of print, and I would much rather see a new, unabridged version of Rose of Versailles.

  4. Pirkaf says:

    Hmmmm… I must look at this.. I could do with some out of print X issues.. ;-)

  5. Pirkaf says:

    And I would add http://www.animestuffstore.com. I used their site only once for buying Yotsuba@! manga 4 and 5 which was out of print everywhere else. Although the postage was a little higher, it was without any problems. Otherwise I use righstuf and sometimes justmanga.

  6. Connie says:

    Sara K: I don’t actually know that much about comic book conditions, I was thinking more of the bad experiences I’ve had on Amazon where a seller lists a book in excellent condition and it’s actually an ex-library copy, or the cover is horribly damaged, etc. For comic books, I’m not that picky, but I’ll keep that in mind if I plan on ordering something nicer from them.

    The thing I was so excited about when I was writing about JPQueen was a “From Eroica With Love” artbook. A paperback artbook/guide that’s over 25 years old is pretty notable, but the fact that I’m pretty sure it was only included as a supplement to Princess magazine was what made me think that it shouldn’t have been on that site where I could buy it. I could be wrong about it being a magazine supplement, but I’m still glad I picked it up.

    Hah, I’ve never seen the English edition of Rose of Versailles save for the excerpt in Manga! Manga! I don’t know that I’d really be all that interested in a chopped up and incomplete version of it, either. Thanks for linking me to the spanish language editions. One of those sites cracked me up when I looked to see if they shipped internationally and they had a note at the bottom that said something to the effect of “We speak English, communicate to us in Shakespeare’s language if it helps.” They’re big volumes, too, so I might just splurge and get all 5 at once.

  7. Connie says:

    Pirkaf: Is X out of print? That’s a shame. I guess it is older. I like xXxHolic a little better now, but X is probably still my second favorite CLAMP series. I was impressed they had the floppy comic version of it. I think the first part of X ran for six issues, then it moved to Animerica for a few years, then Animerica Extra for a few years, then I think Viz lost their license briefly for some reason before it went straight to graphic novel. Viz stopped publishing it very suddenly in Animerica Extra, it was kind of hilarious that they left off at one of the most dramatic points of the series. It became less hilarious when it happened to the Japanese version, though.

    Wow, that site you linked to has a lot of stuff. I don’t often look for the toys and accessories and whatnot, but they sure do tempt me sometimes when I run across them. I was excited when I saw they carried artbooks, but they seem to mark those up quite a bit. I’m thinking about reading Banana Fish since I’ve been getting into Human Club, and they seem to have everything but volume 3 there. I think I’ll try them out.

  8. jun says:

    I actually do order mostly from Amazon, because I’m an Amazon Prime member and get free two-day shipping. I’ve never had problems receiving filthy or trashed books or damaged boxes. However, because of the two-day dealie, my stuff is all coming UPS and not going through the regular postal service, so perhaps that’s the difference.

  9. Sara K. says:

    Hmmm, looking closer at one of those Spanish manga stores, I also see that they sell Georgie (which might not be that good, but it is early 80s shojo, and I’ve heard quite a bit about it), Global Garden, and most importantly, Orpheus no Mado (La Ventana de Orpheus). Well, I don’t know Spanish, so it does not do me a lot of good, but if you’re going to pick of Berubara I would suggest you try to pick up Orpheus no Mado too. I’ve read some of the French scanlations and … well, it’s 70s shojo historical melodrama, of course everybody is going to fall in love with each other and angst until their face is blue. With yummy artwork (though I hear the art style shifts in the middle).

  10. Connie says:

    You might be right, it probably is a bit better through UPS. I can’t bring myself to buy Amazon Prime since I can get better deals on manga elsewhere and I get all my other books from work, though. I would consider it if they decided to extend it somehow to their marketplace, since that would save me $4 a book there (I realize the 2-day deal wouldn’t apply, but I would buy into a program that saved me money on shipping from the used dealers). I do order from the marketplace occasionally for out of print items, but I probably only order from Amazon.com 2-3 times a year.

    The books they ruined were all four volumes of Antique Bakery, with the scratch-n-sniff covers. I just can’t forgive them.

  11. Connie says:

    Oh! The Windows of Orpheus! I remember reading an article about it in one of my old magazines. Yes. Now I’m going to have to dig around and see what other manga I can find in Spanish I may want to read later. At the moment, I’m only seeing what appears to be a western-themed series by the creator of Candy Candy, which I think I would read for the novelty of it being a shoujo western.

    Hm. Windows of Orpheus is a little on the long side for me to pick up a Spanish translation. I may want to go back to it if Rose of Versailles doesn’t give me too much trouble, though. It does look very pretty.

  12. Sara K. says:

    Yes, the language of Orpheus no Mado is more challenging than Rose of Versailles. Generally, Rose of Versailles characters are straightforward, whereas Orpheus characters spend most of the time pretending that everything is normal while they are secretly in love with each other and plotting to deceive and/or destroy each other. On the other hand, I don’t read Orpheus for the plot so much as THE PASSION, which comes more from the artwork than the words – it’s like Swan in that way. Orpheus no Mado is a lot darker and (plotwise) more complex than Swan, but it is worth noting that they ran in the same magazine at around the same time.

  13. Connie says:

    Just out of curiosity, what magazine did they run in? I sort of like tracing the history of some of those magazines. It doesn’t do much good for stuff like Hana to Yume, where all the stuff in it is really contemporary, but I was surprised by how many retro-looking series run in Mystery Bonita and other Akita Shoten magazines. That particular publisher seems to have a habit of keeping really popular classic shoujo series alive and/or bringing them back from the dead with some mixed results… Crest of the Royal Family seems extremely unpopular despite the fact it’s been running every month for over 30 years, the new Bride of Deimos revival is disappointing in every way possible, and Yasuko Aoike has a couple series she resurrected with a kind of disappointing new art style.

    Addictive, passionate shoujo is exactly what I would like to be reading. I’d hate to ruin Orpheus no Mado by tripping through the dialogue if it’s as emotionally taxing on its characters as Swan is, though I’d be more willing to take my time and work through something like Rose of Versailles. It looks like I’m not going to get lucky with Spanish translations of any of Moto Hagio’s work, though. My normal methods of research seem to be failing me, but I haven’t run across any yet. I suppose I should be happy with just Rose of Versailles for now, though.

  14. Sara K. says:

    Everybody complains about how manga X is available in another language but not their language. I like to complain about how the Italians have Orpheus no Mado, Oniisama E, Glass Mask, *and* a deluxe edition of Rose of Versailles with all of the color pages in color – but they complain that they don’t have any Fumi Yoshinaga or Yumi Tamura or various other awesome artists who have significant representation in English. Apparently, if you want to be able to read just about any manga, you have to know Japanese.

    Orpheus and Swan both ran in Margaret in the late 70s (though I think Orpheus eventually switched to another magazine, and somehow, Swan was reprinted by Akita Shoten, not Shueisha).

    Oh, and congratulations on getting the Eroica artbook. It’s one of my top manga too, but I love it for the writing rather than the art, so I would probably pass on the artbook.

    And Crest of the Royal Family is popular enough to be available at my local library … in Chinese.

  15. Connie says:

    Yeah, I did notice that there were zero Fumi Yoshinaga titles in the catalogs I was looking through. I thought that was really bizarre, I figured at least Antique Bakery or Flower of Life would have made it into several languages. I also noticed a complete lack of yaoi/boy’s love manga in general, though that might just be that I was looking at the wrong publishers. I definitely wouldn’t trade the English-language manga catalog for any of the other translations, that’s for sure.

    Hm, Margaret, okay. I wasn’t expecting that. It seems like there aren’t a lot of series from Margaret in English, other than Hana Yori Dango. Actually, there may be only four, which is strange because I thought that was one of Shueisha’s big magazines.

    I do like Eroica more for the art than the writing, but the 70s art is quite good. I tend to pick up artbooks for my favorite series anyway, good art or no, if they are available. I even have one for Happy Mania, and it was far from the prettiest thing I’ve ever read. That one’s actually kind of cool, because it’s more of a design book with some fake ads and other random stuff than a collection of art from the series.

  16. Sara K. says:

    Well, old manga tends to do better in Europe than in the United States. That’s mainly because many Europeans grew up watching Candy Candy, Lady Oscar, and various other anime based on old manga. Indeed, most of the English-speaking Rose of Versailles fanbase are non-native English speakers who communicate in English to talk to ROV fans from other countries. However, since anime based on Moto Hagio, Yasuko Aoike, Keiko Takemiya, and Kyoko Ariyoshi is not available in Europe (I think – I may be wrong), their manga isn’t available in Europe. Even what’s been published in English tends to follow the track of anime – They Were Eleven was available as an anime in English before it was printed by Viz, and I think the reason why they released To Terra instead of Kaze to Ki no Uta is that To Terra has not just one, but two anime available in English to tie in with it.

    However, contemporary manga which is a bit unusual, such as the works of Fumi Yoshinaga (brilliant stuff, but it’s not what you usually associate with manga), is more likely to be published in America than in Europe, since the English-speaking market is huge, and has more room for niche markets. Though France should come in second place, since France is a major producer of comics, and can also sustain some niche markets. For example, I know that BL manga does well over there too. If Fumi Yoshinaga is going to get translated in Europe, I would put my bet on France.

  17. Connie says:

    I thought the French market was also huge. I know that manga has been popular in France longer than it has in America, so I sort of assumed a lot of the same things that were available in English were also available in French, along with some older titles that were published in France first.

    I always forget about the convenient promotional power of anime. I’ve heard that Viz often licenses series based on shows getting high-profile anime releases, but I don’t bother to keep up with new anime series so I’m not sure how true that is. It sounds like a good idea, though. Plus, I always kind of assume that if it runs in Shounen Jump, it probably has had or will get an anime eventually. I guess since they have exclusive access to the Shueisha and Shogakukan catalogs. I’m not sure how well the anime thing works for shoujo series, though. There are very few shoujo series that get turned into anime, right? I know stuff like Ouran, Peach Girl, and Skip Beat are all recent, but as far as I know, they don’t get picked up nearly as frequently as the shounen series, right?

  18. Sara K. says:

    Well, the French catalog is generally about as impressive as the English catalog, and stuff which falls through the cracks in one place can exist in the other. For example, there is no Eroica in French, but they have way, way more Ai Yazawa. Actually, I just checked, and ONE Fumi Yoshinanga title has been translated into French “All My Daughters”. Which surpises me, because I think they would pick up Antique Bakery if anything. And there is stuff which manages to fall through the cracks in both America and France, but gets translated into Italian.

    Likewise, stuff which is popular in one place can fail in the other. Basara was actually somewhat popular in France, which is why they are now putting out 7 Seeds.

    Alas, shipping prevents me from picking up more titles in French. Oh well, there are enough manga in English which I want to get that I don’t feel the need to pick up French stuff unless it is really, really special (like Rose of Versailles). Of course, if I learned Japanese, I could get all of my manga from my local Kinokuniya at 6-7$ each without even having to put up with shipping *sigh*.

  19. Connie says:

    I like that the only Fumi Yoshinaga title available in France is one of the very few that hasn’t been translated into English. Actually, now that I think about it, I remember someone I used to talk to that read the Italian editions of Ai Yazawa and Masakazu Katsura. The thing I remember most was that it seemed like the Italian books were a little shorter than the Japanese ones, so there were a few more volumes in every series. It seemed like Masakazu Katsura was way more popular in Europe than he was here. I love that his current series, based heavily on American superhero comics, seems to have at least two different translations in Europe and none in English.

    For Ai Yazawa, I’ve always wondered if some of her series are tied up somehow. It just seems impossible that things like Neighborhood Story and Last Quarter haven’t been published here after Nana and Paradise Kiss successful. I wondered if it was an issue of audience for Neighborhood Story, which reads a lot like Paradise Kiss save for some weird quirks to remind you that it ran in Ribon and is actually for little girls.

    I keep making New Year’s resolutions to take classes in Japanese and become more familiar with the language, but I also keep breaking them. I know a tiny little bit, and I ought to just start laboring over language books and books in Japanese and force myself to learn that way. But alas, so much is readily available in English that I haven’t felt the need strongly enough yet.

  20. Sara K. says:

    Well, I just saw that Eroica artbook on ebay, and some of the illustrations really are nice. Not nice enough to make me want to jump and buy it, especially since I recognized many of them from the book covers, but I still wish happiness to whoever buys it. Speaking of purchases, have you had any luck in getting the first five volumes of Basara at a price which you find sufficiently cheap?

  21. Connie says:

    Wow. I guess it’s not as rare as I thought if there are three copies on English eBay right now ^_^; It’s still pretty cool, I’m glad I bought it. I kind of want volume 1 (the one I have is volume 2), but I haven’t spotted it anywhere. I like it because it’s only the 70s illustrations, but you’re right, they are mostly book covers. There’s also a section in the middle with the funniest moments from the series reproduced that I also kind of like. That other Eroica artbook up on eBay, Plus Ultra, is an extremely nice book, though it’s certainly not worth $120 (it’s still in print, I think it retails for around $50). It’s also got her other series in it, plus a really weird section in the back for her very early 60s work. Looking at those illustrations, you realize that not one of the hundreds of pages of paintings contains a single female.

    My roommate was kind enough to bring back the first 7 volumes of Basara when he returned from his vacation a few days ago, he spotted them in a bookstore in Arizona for $25. I’m pretty excited, I think I’ll start in on it this weekend.

  22. Sara K. says:

    I discovered today that there’s a section of the Mile High Comics website “Tales from the Database” where the owner talks about being a comic book retailer. He certainly has stories to tell. Apparently, Mile High Comics started selling comics online in 1997 … which probably makes it the oldest online comic shop (even Amazon was just starting in those days). The owner decided to do it because his comic shop was less than two months away from going out of business, and he decided that the (then) risky and uncharted territory of online retail was his only alternative to bankruptcy.

  23. Connie says:

    Nice. They are the best comic book retailer I’ve found on the internet so far. The archives there have yielded up things I’ve searched eBay months for, and I thought you could find everything on eBay. I was getting kind of frustrated with places to buy comic issues on the internet because every place I’ve run across has a limited selection, is a mess to navigate, or doesn’t have anything in stock. Mile High Comics is great.

    And it’s always nice to hear of companies like this being successful on the internet. On one hand, I’m a little surprised they got enough internet business to save their failing company in 1997, but on the other hand, the geek types were the true internet trailblazers, so I can imagine a lot of people looking for a service just like that, especially for something as potentially huge as comic book collecting.

  24. Zahra says:

    Thought I’d pipe up and recomend a really good website called Book Depository. They have a good supply of manga at around $10 AUD (sorry, don’t know what the American price is.. I usually have to pay between $15-$24 to buy 1 volume of manga in Australia, so this website is a life-saver for me) and the best thing is that they have free shipping pretty much anywhere in the world! So I suggest checking it out :)

  25. asckj1 says:

    Agreed with Zahra. Book depository indeed is a good site for buying manga in Australia around AUD 10-11. Other than that there are also some ebay stores who sell brand new manga for AUD 12-15 with free shipping to Australia.


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