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Hello!

 

Recently, I have been on the hunt for a decently priced out of print DVD box set (Blood Plus Part One DVD Box Set) and came upon a 'next best thing' listing on a site called ShopAnimeDVD.com. I have never before heard of this place and before spending my money here wanted to know if anyone else has shopped here or heard anything about the place?

 

I also came across:

Boxanime.com

Robert's Anime Corner Store (animecornerstore.com)

 

Also - if there are places besides amazon and ebay that you guys get anime/manga from online or in the Chicago area, please share that as well.

 

And finally, I open this to others who may have the same question. Feel free to post your questions here in search for helpful answers.

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Seconding Kaay-chan. I buy most of my anime and manga from rightstuf.com nowadays. They also have this "got anime" club membership, which gets you an extra 10% off almost everything they sell for 10 dollars a year. My membership has paid for itself a few times over.

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rondo   

I buy from rightstuf every now and then, but I have found that if you are patient, amazon can have some really low prices on some items from time to time, unmatched by anyone else. Best Buy recently had some really low prices on some sentai titles, of which Amazon matched on many.

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youth   

Rightstuf is the goto store for my anime blu-ray's/DVD's. Free shipping over $50 is nice & since they're only in Iowa stuff gets to the Chicagoland area in about 3-4 days even with the free shipping. Amazon is good when Funimation does a promotion with them where they price alot of Funi's titles at 50-60% off msrp (Rightstuf is normally 40%).

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I've bought a couple of anime from Right Stuff before i didn';t have any

problems with the items i bought, they have weekly sales that can be

interesting to look up,

 

Later B)

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Animecornerstore.com isn't bad. The site has a few typos, and sometimes its code appears in odd places. Occasionally the site seems outdated -- I don't think anything in the Recommendation section of the FAQ was made after 2005. Prices are competitive, if not always the best. I like the site most because it seems to convey a personality.

 

If you have a local comics store, see what it offers. Ask them if they're willing to help you order a recent or upcoming book. Some of my old favorite comics stores are still alive, but most of them have been slowly reducing the size/scope of their translated manga. The two currently active bookstore chains (BN and Books a Million) have modest but decent selections.

 

I bought a new video from my local FYE just a few days ago, but even though I think the chain's prices and section aren't bad, it has been slowly dying. If you can get to Downers Grove, then consider Fry's Electronics. I haven't been there in over a year, but I remember that it had a pretty good selection of anime series and individual discs.

 

Disc Replay and Half Price Books are among the local sources for used media. I think both are reliable, but be sure to test any video which you get from them right away. Make sure it works on your system.

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Thank you for all of these tips!

 

I do like FYE sadly I have no idea where one is in the chicagoland area.

 

I will keep all of your suggestions in mind!

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Traken   

Thank you for all of these tips!

 

I do like FYE sadly I have no idea where one is in the chicagoland area.

 

I will keep all of your suggestions in mind!

 

 

Depending on where you are, there's an FYE in the Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale. There's also a Too Cool in that mall for some random other anime/game related stuff. Not the greatest place, but they do have some decent wall scrolls at the very least.

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Ashori   

There's also a Too Cool in that mall for some random other anime/game related stuff. Not the greatest place, but they do have some decent wall scrolls at the very least.

Too Cool also sells bootleg items, so you need to be careful on what you purchase. I've gotten burned by one such bootleg. Call it an excited impulse, but I bought a pin set of Lucy's keys from Fairy Tail. It wasn't until later on that evening did I really examine it and saw it was bootleg. Got a pair of the same keys, one being gold like it should be and the other silver. Plus the images on the box were rather pixelated and not quite accurate. I knew I should've paid attention more, and had I been allowed to touch it and examine it properly, I probably wouldn't have bought it.

 

I've been to the ones in Gurnee and Vernon Hills. I've seen bootlegs at both locations. However, at the Vernon Hills store, at least I was actually allowed to TOUCH the merchandise and the people in there were rather friendly to talk to. In Gurnee, I always felt like the employees were staring and judging me, which creeps me out. Plus the fact they never let you touch the merchandise on the walls and shelves. I did once, trying to see what Fairy Tail pins they had (these were legit; these were the ones packages and distributed by Great Eastern) and looking for a certain one. I was yelled at not to touch and that they were all the same. They definitely were NOT, as I saw Erza and Lucy both on the same hook.

 

I would personally avoid Too Cool unless you were buying small things like pins and Ramune, maybe even their wall scrolls as well. But I would avoid the other things like the plushies and collectibles. More than likely you'll just be getting a bootleg.

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Traken   

Too Cool also sells bootleg items, so you need to be careful on what you purchase. I've gotten burned by one such bootleg. Call it an excited impulse, but I bought a pin set of Lucy's keys from Fairy Tail. It wasn't until later on that evening did I really examine it and saw it was bootleg. Got a pair of the same keys, one being gold like it should be and the other silver. Plus the images on the box were rather pixelated and not quite accurate. I knew I should've paid attention more, and had I been allowed to touch it and examine it properly, I probably wouldn't have bought it.

 

I've been to the ones in Gurnee and Vernon Hills. I've seen bootlegs at both locations. However, at the Vernon Hills store, at least I was actually allowed to TOUCH the merchandise and the people in there were rather friendly to talk to. In Gurnee, I always felt like the employees were staring and judging me, which creeps me out. Plus the fact they never let you touch the merchandise on the walls and shelves. I did once, trying to see what Fairy Tail pins they had (these were legit; these were the ones packages and distributed by Great Eastern) and looking for a certain one. I was yelled at not to touch and that they were all the same. They definitely were NOT, as I saw Erza and Lucy both on the same hook.

 

I would personally avoid Too Cool unless you were buying small things like pins and Ramune, maybe even their wall scrolls as well. But I would avoid the other things like the plushies and collectibles. More than likely you'll just be getting a bootleg.

 

Definitely. For some reason, I had though I mentioned that some of the merch is shady, but apparently I completely forgot to say anything. My wife loves Pokemon plush, and a lot of what they have is... questionable at best. That seems to ring true for several other things, but it's at least a place to check. Definitely gotta keep your eyes open in there, though.

 

Also, yeah, being such small, not terribly busy stores, they do tend to have that feel like you mentioned in the Gurnee one, like you're always being stared at.

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I had heard positive things about Challengers Comics on the north side of Chicago. Dropped by about a month ago, and it was not bad. But the selection of translated comics could've been better.

 

Chicago Comics is still quirky and fascinating after all these years. Again, there aren't too many recent manga, but it's worth a visit if you like varied series for mature audiences.

 

The Kinokinuya Bookstore that's located inside Mitsuwa has a pretty good selection. I can't always find the latest books, or exactly what I want, but I browse it here and there.

 

Family Video never grew too large, and it still maintains several rental stores around Chicago. I've passed two of their locations in the recent past, and reminded myself to give it a chance soon.

 

As of this writing, only five FYE stores remain open in Chicagoland. It's always been competent rather than great, but for me, it represents a part of fandom. This weekend, I'll drop by one location to see if I can find a competitively priced recent video there.

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