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New Poll - Manga Price
Welcome to December! Our poll for this week comes from the mind of our member lalalarry. Now the "relative" part of this poll means you judge for yourself how and against what you're comparing the price to. And this is about the average case.

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related). We also welcome holiday-related poll ideas!
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Do you get angry when people criticize or make fun of a series that you love?
Choices:
Yes! I tell them off! - votes: 1140 (9.1%)
I get angry but don't react - votes: 2119 (16.9%)
I get mad and leave - votes: 224 (1.8%)
I reason with them and explain why I love it - votes: 3508 (28%)
I don't care what other people say - votes: 5551 (44.3%)
There were 12542 total votes.
The poll ended: December 1st 2012

(Excluding the people who don't care)
I actually expected more people to not react at all. Passivity and all that... But at least many people are reasonable!
Posted by lambchopsil on December 1st 9:10am Comments ( 49 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
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» auriga on December 1st, 2012, 2:57am

I'm from the Philippines. Manga here is roughly the same price as a paperback novel, although we do have a bookstore chain that has ridiculously high prices. There is also a chain that sells older manga for very cheap but you really have to hunt for the titles you want.

I haven't tried shipping raw tankobons from Japan yet (I plan to), but from what I've seen the prices in Amazon Japan are *less than* half the prices we have here. That doesn't include shipping, though.

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» p3pelepe on December 1st, 2012, 3:06am

It's about average, IMO, compared to the other type of books like novel, for instance. Here in Indonesia, translated manga are printed in paperback. They cost about Rp15,000-Rp30,000 (I think it's around USD2-USD3?). Usually the bunko version is Rp30,000. But there are some titles that cost higher, like Tezuka Osamu's titles (like Buddha and Adolf). They're around Rp40,000. While larger than average manga, the paper is so-so ... maybe Tezuka's name that makes the publisher sold them in higher price
roll eyes but I bought them anyway...

I guess I'm lucky since I can buy most manga that I want, but maybe for some people the price is still too expensive.

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» deadphoenix on December 1st, 2012, 5:30am

Quote from p3pelepe
It's about average, IMO, compared to the other type of books like novel, for instance. Here in Indonesia, translated manga are printed in paperback. They cost about Rp15,000-Rp30,000 (I think it's around USD2-USD3?). Usually the bunko version is Rp30,000. But there are some titles that cost higher, ...


Omg, that's cheap it's around $11-$15 for me, so it's over a Rp1,000,000 (I could be wrong with conversion, but that is cheap).
Also, their are a lot of manga that cost even more, the large ones are easily over $30 cry

Their is an exception, and that is second chose, they are around the $2.5.
But strangely enough, second hand gets prices up to $100, other people would have heard of it. "Look this is out of print, so it just costs around $795... mad (yeah, it's the highest price I've ever seen for one manga volume).

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» jrdragon2003 on December 1st, 2012, 9:22pm

Yeah? That's kind of crazy, but I live in the US so I haven't seen prices like that for any manga, at least in my local comic shops. I've seen prices like that for comics but never for manga. Usually if I go looking for titles it usually find them ramging from $7 to $16 and some change. Only time they might get higher than that is if it involves those books that have more than one volume in it.

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» ns2np5 on December 1st, 2012, 6:06am

I guess the price of manga in Indonesia is really cheap when you compare it to other countries but for me, it's expensive. It's more than what I have to pay for the price of food for a day. I used to be able to buy lots of manga on a whim, just to try out one shots or new titles but now I rarely buy any new titles, can't afford them. sad

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» uzumakiwalid on December 1st, 2012, 8:14am

The print quality sucks though. I still had some of the Indonesian translated(official, not fan-translated) Chobits. I tell you, the quality have been degraded over time. Back then the print design of the manga are similiar to the Japanese printed manga(whole double cover). I guess since Indonesia are a developed country. The publisher try to make manga more affordable by using cheap paper and ink

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» deadphoenix on December 1st, 2012, 9:05am

Quote from uzumakiwalid
The print quality sucks though. I still had some of the Indonesian translated(official, not fan-translated) Chobits. I tell you, the quality have been degraded over time. Back then the print design of the manga are similiar to the Japanese printed manga(whole double cover). I guess since Indonesia a ...


That is only done by English publishers in the USA, the ones published in Europe have still the double cover and high quality paper.
The problem with the publishers in the USA is the high tax rate on manga, it's 3 to 4 times the tax than in most countries in Europe. dead

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» uzumakiwalid on December 1st, 2012, 9:20am

Nah, back in 19th century some of the publisher in Indonesia still use double cover. Beginning of 20th century Indonesia starting to use paperback cover to reduce manga price. I don't know about tax on manga in Indonesia.... confused

Right now(the time of writing) the prices are average Rp.16.000 for regular shonen and shoujo, Rp. 18.000-20.000 for average adult-oriented manga, Rp. 25.000~for color manga, Rp. 20.000-Rp. 35.000 for bunkoban. All in all average $1.70-$4.00. How do you think about that price?

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» amused90 on December 1st, 2012, 10:13am

The ink smudged on my hand quite easily. But at least the price is reasonable considering it's less than half the price from its original Japanese tankoubons. I don't mind at all as long as the translations are good and still fairly collectible. Besides, getting 10-15 titles per week to choose from and updated magazines are quite a bargain! I think comics are supposed to be affordable and our local publishers are doing a superb job. I'd rather have them "struggle" seeking for licenses than infrequent, high quality (expensive) releases. (Although, new romance manhwa has better paper quality compared to others)

tl;dr I don't mind with qualities as long as I can read and collect licensed manga.

So yeah they're pretty cheap. But it also means I'd like to collect more manga than intended. If I summed up the amount of manga I bought in a month, my manga purchases would be quite expensive too lol.

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» pyonk on December 2nd, 2012, 1:30pm

Agree. Sometimes the illegal (no-official) one have better ink quality and better translation, for example FMA from Banzai Comic, I found it better than Elex Media version...

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» caitnap on December 2nd, 2012, 1:09am

Quote from ns2np5
I guess the price of manga in Indonesia is really cheap when you compare it to other countries but for me, it's expensive. It's more than what I have to pay for the price of food for a day. I used to be able to buy lots of manga on a whim, just to try out one shots or new titles but now I rarely buy ...


it's just because our currency compared to USD, Rp 9,000= 1 USD

you can eat one filling meal for 10,000. 30,000+ for a meal in mall.while manga is already 20,000 to 30,000? it used to be only 9,000. and...you won't just bought one or two, but several other manga too, when combined I could spend over 200,000 just for 10 mangas O.o per month.

btw imported novel (english) cost around 150,000-200,000 usually (paperback), while local novel is around 50,000(?), while translated version is a bit more expensive.I don't follow them. english translated manga 80,000 to 100,000. I like the Imported novel,but yeah the price...i might save some money to buy one once in a while.

guess,you could say it's average when you compare the price to various things. I rarely buy them, because I don't see them worth it, since I only read once. I rarely ever bought any now, realization on how hard it is to work for money does make me feel really guilty to spend money to buy a one time read book. I always have small pocket money for my daily meal,and what I want to buy (manga,novel,dvd,etc) I started control how much I use them, they aren't much. If I spend to much I will go without meal at school...

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» amused90 on December 3rd, 2012, 4:12am

Quote from caitnap
btw imported novel (english) cost around 150,000-200,000 usually (paperback), while local novel is around 50,000(?), while translated version is a bit more expensive.I don't follow them. english translated manga 80,000 to 100,000. I like the Imported novel,but yeah the price...i might save some money to buy one once in a while..


There are cheaper pocket-sized novels in paperback at Kinokuniya which cost around Rp 80,000. Even the licensed/translated version is around the same price or more expensive. English-translated manga mostly published by Viz (US) and Chuang Yi (SG) are cost more than Rp 100,000 these days! I ordered Strobe Edge roughly 2 weeks ago and it cost me Rp 123,000 (12.80$ USD) which is pretty expensive. Imported Japanese tankoubons (reg) after taxes and customs cost around Rp 88,000 - 95,000 (9.80$ USD/813 Yen) and I'm following 3 titles dead Also, monthly magazines like Betsuma or Betsucomi are around the same price. Now I can conclude, imported manga cost more than novels here. If not, they're relatively the same depends on genres and sizes.

Whether they're worth it or not it differs from one person to another. But at least getting the Indonesian-licensed manga won't hurt your pocket as much as getting the English/Viz ones. I'm still amazed to those who gets their WSJ fix on print each week with price five times more than the original price while English scanlations are out relatively almost a week before its release in Japan. I understand if they're getting the tankoubons for the sake of collection but the magazines, really? Must be a hardcore fan? Still unreasonable to me though eek

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» CuthienSilmeriel on December 1st, 2012, 3:12am

I live in Japan. If I go to the recycle shops I can get like-new manga for about 100 yen, I've gotten some that is a little worn, but perfectly readable, for as cheap as 10 yen. New manga is about 500 yen.

Back home new manga would be £7 (about 1000 yen).

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» veendey on December 1st, 2012, 3:54am

I am from Norway. The prices vary a bit, but I think one manga cost around 17USD. There are very few shops that sell manga where I live. I only know of one. sad

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» Jiin33 on December 1st, 2012, 3:59am

I've never seen a manga book in my country.

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» tactics on December 1st, 2012, 4:46am

Yeah it's pretty expensive.
Viz are probably the cheapest, and that's around £7. Any other licensed manga is around £8 - £15. It adds up pretty fast.
Forbidden Planet do a lot of 3 for 2 on the manga that Viz license, so that helps a little.
But overall, I think it's expensive, and prices are only going to rise.

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» rakisei on December 1st, 2012, 4:51am

Manga here is around 15-20 USD... Australia is where highway robbery is the most rampant. And people wonder why the main bookselling chain went bankrupt

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» voraciouszest on December 7th, 2012, 3:04pm

Yeah, I'm living in Australia and the price for manga is overly expensive, given what it is and how quickly it can be read. Not that I've had an extensive look, but never in my life have I seen manga in a bookstore (chains). I tend to purchase mine from online companies like Booktopia. I used to order through the Book Depository, they're cheaper and have free shipping but their customer service is pretty poor. Apparently it's just impossible to change the shipping address... As for Amazon, well, I only use it if I have to. It's utterly ridiculous that I should be paying more for shipping than the actual book itself.

The problem in Australia is that English language publishers are in USA and it costs Australian companies to import the books, therefore the the prices of the books are inflated.You'd like to think that things would be different with AUD being worth more than USD at the moment, but no.

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» connerity on December 1st, 2012, 5:00am

About 6 for fully translated tank. (=7.8USD, ~640 Yen)

The paper quality usually sucks a lot, though.

non-mainstreamseries can be a lot more expensive.

Not super expensive but also far from cheap.

For comparison, novels usually go for about 8-12, hardcover novels for 14-22.

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» Ame_Sama on December 1st, 2012, 5:53am

I live in Israel and it's quit expensive here. About 50ILS (=13.50$) for a regular volume which cost 9.99$ like One Piece, Nauto etc... Seinen mang a like Gantz or 20th Century boys which cost 12.99$ cost here about 65-70ILS (=17-18.50$) Big volumes like Vizbig cost here 90ILS (=24$) It's pretty annoying but we have to deal with it since we only have about 4 stores in the whole country which selling manga.

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» StaticHD on December 1st, 2012, 7:02am

To be honest, the last time I bought a series from an actual comic/book store was about 2 years ago. And I spent about 39-50 dollars buying from them (because I tend to buy them in bulk).

Barnes & Noble is the last store I went to buy manga, and they ridiculously suck when it comes to pricing manga. A Yaoi (Gay-Homo) series for $0.99, but a regular shoujo & shounen series gets escalated to $7-$12. To me, the money is not a problem (I probably could buy the whole store if I wanted) it's just that they'll lose allot of teen buyers that way.

These days, I prefer buying series online. Not because it is cheaper, but because of larger variety. Bookstores these days are limited to what is popular which limits the buyer's reach on what they actually want.

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» gwkimmy on December 5th, 2012, 11:16pm

what?! since when does barnes and noble sell ANYTHING for 99 cents? actually i've yet to even see a yaoi manga in my local b&n.

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» juls91 on December 1st, 2012, 7:21am

Well i think they are about average... And quite expensive as well, they are cheaper than regular books(most of the time, 10-20US$) but the problem is the amount of volumenes and the fact that you read a manga faster than just a regular book... So it becomes expensive.

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» Fukkatsu-san on December 1st, 2012, 8:29am

Only a few mainstream titles are translated in Greek language and they cost about 10 euros (13USD). The paper quality is pretty good though, better than Viz's at least. English translated manga cost 10-16 euros and non-mainstream manga rarely hit the shelves.

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» sudsong on December 1st, 2012, 9:01am

Hmmm The poll says quite expensive. I guess that's to be expected. I live in Thailand and manga here cost about 40-60 baht a volume. That's about a little over 1 USD. For me, it's pretty cheap comfort to fine. However, there are still many who view manga as excessive spending and say that it's too costly (while saying iPhone is affordable. what the hell?). Well, can't do anything about that. I'm just glad that here in Thailand, quality aside, we have considerably wide ranges of manga translated. Banzai.

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» arouraleona on December 1st, 2012, 9:19am

I live in a non-English speaking country. (Thailand, like Sudsong, but I don't read thai) What of it is here, is not in English, so even if it were 50 cents, I wouldn't buy any.

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» FullArmageddon on December 1st, 2012, 10:16am

I think prices are pretty cheap where I live. They may not be as cheap as Japan, but you have to consider the cost of license fees and translation. I live in Wisconsin (US), most manga is $9-$10, some of them are $12. I have a Barnes & Noble membership so I get 10% off all manga (and free 3-day shipping!), so I usually only spend $8-$9 per volume. I used to spend around $1,500 a year in manga, my buying has gone down lately so I only spend about half that now.

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» Shibiusa on December 1st, 2012, 10:46am

It's quite expensive in Portugal. It can get up to 10 (13 dollars) each volume (and the bookstores only sell the mainstream series). We can order other series, but it costs way more. I've seen them asking 16 (about 21 dollars) for each volume of a non mainstream series. The anime stores sell manga about the same price, even though they have some non mainstream. The mainstream series can get cheaper with them (6, which is about 7,8 dollars and it's still expensive for any mid/low class family in this country), but it's usually around 8 (10,6 dollars) to 10. Since it's so expensive (I could buy manga if it was about 4 or 5 dollars each volume), some anime stores even gave up selling it. So yeah... If we want manga here, we have to order it from Amazon or Ebay (and usually just the used volumes, since the new volumes together with the shipping fees for each volume is way too much. They should allow many volumes in the same package to lower the shipping fees...). I don't know any online stores that sell manga and can send it to my country.
Also, we don't have any manga publishers here, so even the bookstores have to order it from another countries. I've seen french, spanish and english editions here, even though the french and the english ones are in a much larger scale. The only series that is being translated to portuguese is Dragon Ball xD (and it's sooooooooo slow)

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» renseih on December 1st, 2012, 10:58am

Cheap, I'd say. $3~4 average, and only 6 NT (~20 cents) to rent. BTW, shipping free when you buy enough <3. Used to be cheaper, but no complaints, other than the fact that I don't usually live here... And that I'm banned from renting manga (loophole is my bro can XD)...

Well, it's even cheaper for second hand manga especially in bulk, but since the payment and shipping methods all varies, too troublesome so I never bought any. Besides, they usually come from rental stores stapled and stamped.

Still, I'm lucky to born speaking Chinese. From the bottom of my heart I pity those who have to pay $10 for a small selection... by that I mean, my friends (and the past me).

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» sophie0 on December 1st, 2012, 11:18am

Here in Germany one volume costs between 6 and 7 average (although they are getting more expensive due to higher production costs). I think that's an okay price. English and Japanese manga are more expensive, in the case of Japanese manga due to shipping costs, but that's okay. Although my resolution for next year is to by less (physical) manga - I love physical books, but I have to expand my bookshelves on a regular basis and that's just a pain.

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» Furan on December 1st, 2012, 1:41pm

Where I live the cheapest manga I have ever seen must have been around 12 USD. But that was an exception -the usual price is around 18-20 USD. Expensive, right? That's why I seldom buy any manga. sad

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» evilcleo on December 1st, 2012, 5:39pm

I said average but to be honest, I'm not sure. I mean, what am I supposed to compare it to? What is the standard, reference price?

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» switchgear on December 1st, 2012, 6:20pm

I'd say bordering average to expensive at about 10-12 CAD a book. A book that takes less than an hour to read and is mostly pictures (albeit fricking awesome pictures) should never cost as much as a paperback novel that can be twice as a long in page count and take several to many combined hours to read. In that sense it is expensive and why I when I have to pick between buying a cool manga or a even a decent fantasy novel, I always take the novel, it's just more entertainment for the buck.

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» greydrak on December 1st, 2012, 7:15pm

Quote from switchgear
I'd say bordering average to expensive at about 10-12 CAD a book. A book that takes less than an hour to read and is mostly pictures (albeit fricking awesome pictures) should never cost as much as a paperback novel that can be twice as a long in page count and take several to many combined hours to ...


Thing is, those same volumes is half that on Viz's app on the iOS, at ~$4.99 a volume, it's a steal compared to normal comics like DC/Marvel where you pay up to $3.99 for only 20 pages.

The printed version still cost about $10+, sigh, it's a pain now to decide which version to get, cheaper but dependent on battery life, or more costly but take it anywhere..

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» Badkarma on December 1st, 2012, 8:00pm

Quote from greydrak
The printed version still cost about $10+, sigh, it's a pain now to decide which version to get, cheaper but dependent on battery life, or more costly but take it anywhere..


Ummm...

And the added benifit of carrying your entire library on a single device as opposed to lugging around a dozen books has no appeal to you?

Just sayin'...

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» KJacket on December 1st, 2012, 9:25pm

Quote from Badkarma
And the added benifit of carrying your entire library on a single device as opposed to lugging around a dozen books has no appeal to you?

Just sayin'...

I personally like the feel of reading off normal paper over a screen but if you want to carry a library around of course electronic copy is easier. Normal novels would be better to carry around in print for the time than manga which doesn't take too long to read.

~15CAD after taxes for a printed book. Actually around the same for some paperbacks but manga usually come in 5+ volumes so added together it's much more expensive. Selected average however, going by single book.

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» Naoli on December 1st, 2012, 7:47pm

None of those(Comics of any kind) sell where I live, If I were order my guess is, it be very expensive.

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» mannyneves on December 5th, 2012, 3:29pm

I live in Cape Verd (It´s 10 islands in the atlantic ocean), you can't buy manga here, just the shipping cost from the company that send manga here is between 20 and 40 euros, and you can't always be sure that it will get here. cry cry

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» imercenary on December 1st, 2012, 10:45pm

For me, "expensive" is relative to whatever income I'm pulling in at the time.

That said, I live in the U.S and manga prices can vary between $7~16 USD (not counting collections/omnibus/multipacks/etc) and thats not TOO expensive. Kinda.

The REAL problem is that some series drag on for sooooooooooooooo long that I flat-out refuse to buy/collect them (theres no way in hell I'm buying 50+ volumes of Bleach at $~10 USD each) or (in rare cases) they're simply dropped mid-series (the seven volumes of Keroro Gunsou I already bought got donated to the library; cause, guess what? I don't know Japanese and therefore can't finish reading the series! bigrazz ).

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» 0oKat~0 on December 1st, 2012, 11:39pm

Price? It really depends on the language. For some reason Taiwanese-printed chinese manga costs around SG$7 (about US$5.50). Locally printed chinese manga costs around SG$5 (US$4~) , but it uses recycled paper and has really poor bindings that tend to fall apart after a couple of years.

English translated mangas are the ones that typically costs a bomb to buy, it's around SG$11 (US$9~), give or take couple of dollars depending on the publisher. So I would usually stay away from those, despite the fact that I'm more comfortable reading manga in english :/

I've always bought chinese- translated manga to save my wallet... And I'll probably stick with that. Unless the eng-trans manga's price drops to a more reasonable level. sad

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» nowyat on December 2nd, 2012, 12:21am

That sad fact is that I was born in Oregon, USA, not Japan or South Korea. ;P I am a lowly factory worker, and waste all the money I should be saving for my retirement on manga, but used copies of some works can be gotten quite cheap on Amazon, for as much as a few dollars, plus 3.99 shipping. But the ones I really want usually aren't available. *breaks down and cries* (Publishers seem to have terrible taste and choose the worst books to print, but maybe that is what the public wants.) I am probably weird.

(Sometimes I am really excited to buy a manga I really want but it arrives and I discover it is printed in French or German. *blush* I need to read the descriptions more closely. Wish I was smart enough to learn a foreign language. I have a few original Japanese manga, but it's not very satisfying.)

I earn 11.45 an hour. Just for your info. A livable wage here, used with discretion and my work is often fun.

(Yay! Tin-tin!)

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» TaoPaiPai on December 2nd, 2012, 9:10am

in US money a normal pocket book would be around 7-15 US depending on the company
translated manga to my language would be around 8-10 depending on comapny
us/british versions would be around 13-15

if you compare it to other western comics here like Spiderman,X-Men,Star Wars comics,constant reprints of tintin, its extreamly cheap [they cozt like 10usd for around 60 pages each month and the belgium-french stuff can cost up to 25 if its "highbrow" popular shit like tintin]

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» metalangel123 on December 2nd, 2012, 3:48pm

In Canada, it costs around $10-$15 at Chapters, and I've spent a lot of money buying from them until I discovered Kijiji (a site where people post ads and you can meet up with them to buy stuff). So now I buy my manga that way for about $2 to $5.

I was actually gonna buy Yotsuba&! until I found someone on there selling it for $1.75. Another ad was of a comic book store that closed and was selling new manga for $2 each (they were still in their protective wrapping, too ^^).

And of course, there's always the library, which sells good condition to falling apart mangas at $0.50, or does deals like 3/$1 or even 10/$1 !

So yeah, I'm pretty lucky these days when it comes to buying manga. I only wish I was as lucky as when it comes to buying anime DVDs T_T ($15- $25 for a movie! I'm a jobless highschool student dammit!)

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» Paikiej on December 3rd, 2012, 5:30am

I'm from the Netherlands and English manga go for between 10 - 15 euros here in bookshops. Some a bit higher than that, some a bit cheeper. Dutch manga are cheaper, but the release is slow.
We have some online sellers that sell cheaply though. Archonia, for example, charges about 7-8 for a volume of One Piece. Now, I don't think that's very expensive.

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» ivypaw1 on December 3rd, 2012, 8:15am

I live in Singapore. Hence, I buy mangas for like $8? Some cheaper, some more expensive... Usually around $8... Is it called cheap or expensive? confused biggrin But I am still able to buy... so in my opinion, it is the same as buying a storybook bigrazz laugh but I havent buy mangas from websites before. I wonder why I didnt think of it before. Maybe it is more expensive? eek

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» forror on December 3rd, 2012, 5:12pm

£7 from the regular Viz line - that's probably the minimum around here - which is roughly the same as a paperback. A bit overpriced I think, but at least you can get it online with discounts or during 3 for 2 offers. Omnibus editions are a good idea, but I seem to prefer chucking my money down the drain in favour of having matching spines on my bookshelf.

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» ilovebhong on December 3rd, 2012, 5:24pm

It costs like $10 average here in New York, maybe a bit more now. In South Korea however, it costs like ₩4200, which is more or less 4-5 USD. I usually buy my manga in Korea since it's a lot less expensive there.

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» eito on December 5th, 2012, 3:48am

So why not get it down to the essential point: What does "relatively" mean?

1.: What do I want, good translation quality (=even readable sentences may be something great depending on the publisher, right? wink), good paper quality, good editing, redrawn sfx?
2.: How much is the average income in the given country? (and I'm not talking about students, but actual working people bigrazz)
3.: How does it compare to usual books?
4.: How does it compare to other countries?
5.: Is the price reasonable with the given market for manga -> obviously japanese publishers can go with much cheaper prices per volume if they sell 5-50(?) times what U.S. publishers would sell.

In my personal case, I'm a sucker for quality, so I usually buy the U.S. version of a volume, even if it's availlable from a local publisher. Twice the price (12-15 for a viz volume in contrast to 5-7 per local volume) and yet I think it's totally reasonable. And much better at that, I've seen more than enough local volumes with totally obvious redraws and totally lousy texts -> 2-3 would have been more than enough for that garbage.

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» lodanaht on December 25th, 2012, 2:54am

I live in Bangkok Thailand. Minimum wages is 250-300 baht(Thai currency)(=10 US$)per day(8 hours worktime) very low isn't it? Yes we are third world country. Average licensed or pirated manga prices here is 45-60 baht(1.5-2 US$), printed in newsprint paper, acceptable binding.It use to be 10-15 baht for one copy 20 years ago but that is the time when every j manga was pirated print. biggrin

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