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Post #579084
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3:29 pm, Dec 1 2012
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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.

Post #579087

4:01 pm, Dec 1 2012
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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.

Post #579088 - Reply to (#579080) by uzumakiwalid
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4:05 pm, Dec 1 2012
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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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Post #579089
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4:19 pm, Dec 1 2012
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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.

Post #579090 - Reply to (#579088) by deadphoenix
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4:20 pm, Dec 1 2012
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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?

Post #579095 - Reply to (#579080) by uzumakiwalid
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5:13 pm, Dec 1 2012
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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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Post #579098
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5:16 pm, Dec 1 2012
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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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Post #579100
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5:46 pm, Dec 1 2012
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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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Post #579102

5:58 pm, Dec 1 2012
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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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Post #579104
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6:18 pm, Dec 1 2012
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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.

Post #579111
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8:41 pm, Dec 1 2012
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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

Post #579125

12:39 am, Dec 2 2012
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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?

Post #579128
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1:20 am, Dec 2 2012
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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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Post #579134 - Reply to (#579128) by switchgear
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2:15 am, Dec 2 2012
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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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Post #579136
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2:47 am, Dec 2 2012
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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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