Link to the video game sales thread: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=5077&start=380
EDIT: Unless there are other sale threads that exist, I plan on posting anime/manga sales here.
First 5 pages are mostly discussion.
With my newfound income, I have some random questions about purchasing localized "stuff," as it were. Forewarning, I live in the USA.
For NISA's released products, it's pretty easy since they have their own online store and the prices are very competitive with the next best alternative (usually Amazon, which, for pretty much everything, costs more than NISA's store).
However, for video games, anime, and manga, when another company releases it, I usually opt to purchase from online dealers since the prices are cheaper and shipping tends to be free. This is as opposed to going to, say, Barnes & Noble or Best Buy.
My question is: if I'm looking to throw my money at a place where someone actually sees "Hey, money is being thrown at us, maybe this industry is worth it after all!," is there a "best"/"optimal" place aside from the company's own online store? A good example would be Seven Seas Entertainment, who localizes the To Aru Kagaku no Railgun (A Certain Scientific Railgun) and Toradora manga. They don't have an online store, so I've just been buying on Amazon.
Does it matter where I buy stuff once it hits a mediating distributor? Does buying from B&N/Best Buy result in some sort of positive industry feedback that's worth the retail-ness and the sales tax, or is it all the same and going with the discounted retail price + free shipping (since I don't mind the wait) of online shopping is just fine?
My favorite part about being an adult is being able to support what I think is worth supporting. When growing up, kids just have to deal with whatever they have, in terms of money and access (i.e. GameStop), but now that I have knowledge and ability, I'd like to do it right