Okay we have covered how to get used manga in real life but what about online?
Don't want to be bothered going out to all these places? Then online
is the place to go. The two retailers I'd suggested are Amazon Marketplace and Half.com.
Often titles will be very cheap on both sites, but key is to remember
shipping. On Amazon used books can start at a penny and on Half.com books
can start at seventy five cents. Amazon Marketplace is different then
normal Amazon and you will have to pay shipping, at least $3.99 per book.
Half.com's shipping starts at $3.49, the real difference comes in when you buy
multiple books from the same seller. Half.com will reduce the
shipping in about half for each subsequent book from the
same seller. Amazon Marketplace even if you order all your books
from the same seller, each will have the same cost of shipping as the first
book. If you are looking to order more then one book at a time I highly
recommend pricing it out on both sites. A lot of the time even if the
book costs more on Half.com the total cost will be lower due to shipping.
Also always try and get as many book as possible from the same seller for that
reduced shipping cost.
Also, with these sites watch out for over inflated prices. Sometimes a
volume or a whole series is legitimately expensive because it went out of print
and had a low print run. Sometimes though sellers use bot programs to control the pricing, like being the
cheapest for sale but only by a penny. Sometimes books will become super
inflated, in the case the best solution is to wait for the seller to realize
what has happen and hope they lower the price.
Another place to try is eBay. If you are just shopping around for some manga to buy eBay can be great. A lot of the time whole series show up in lots to buy. Just make sure you check around on other sites to see if you are getting a good deal. Now, if you are looking to fill out certain titles it can be a bit of mixed bag.
What if you just want one volume of a series from the middle of it? Or the title you are looking for is a bit more unusual? Then you can try eBay's saved searched. You just put in a search you want and every time something new comes up under that search eBay sends you an email.
Another online outlet for buying used manga is Live Journal selling communities like Garage Sale Japan, Anime4Sale and Anime Shopping. Again this is a shot in the dark but is great place to find whole series and random volumes for great prices. It's always a great way to unload your own stuff. All you need to do is sign up for a Live Journal account.
Next time I'll talk about trading for want you want!