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Selling Manga and Anime

Discussion in 'Start-ups & Business Advice' started by squiggmont, Oct 17, 2010.

  1. squiggmont

    squiggmont

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    Hey there!

    Just a quick question on what would really be involved in selling manga and anime over amazon/ebay, or at car boot sales etc.

    I'm still searching for a supplier/distributor but i can't help thinking: What if for some reason i can't sell the manga/anime?
    I have heard something about licensing for selling manga/anime...

    Thanks,
    Jordan
  2. ecoman

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    Unless you know the market well I would stay away.

    You need to be able to keep track of what is currently in and what is not otherwise you could end up with a lot of unsaleable stock.
  3. JustCraig

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    It's a very specialised niche market and as above, if you don't understand the market then you may end up with stock you cannot shift.

    From experience, I know that if you get it right you can make a lot of money - however get it wrong and you could end up with boxes of unsold stock.
  4. canada

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  5. RUZapi

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    I'm a comic book store owner. There's only one graphic novel distributor in the UK. And they have a minimum order every month to keep the account active. They wont supply you either if you solely intend to sell on the internet.
    Anime & Manga is a minefield. With over 5000 titles to choose from. Unless you know your stuff and live in a area with a very dense student population, I would think twice. I'm probably biased because I feel quite intimidated by that genre. I'm more of a DC/Marvel guy
  6. squiggmont

    squiggmont

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    Thanks!
    Everybodies input has been very useful!
    And I was hoping to end with a Manga store, that also has a joint cafe, like most bookstores - But i don't think i'll be able to manage this for a while...
    I suppose this was more of a curiosity about wether i could manage it....
    Thanks alot!
    Jordan.
  7. ladyvgw

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    If you have a dream then dont give up on it. Just because it is hard doesnt mean that it is unachievable, if it is a case of knowledge then do as much research as possible. If there are other comic book stores / cafes in the UK then go visit them and talk to the owners.

    I was watching Kick Ass the other day and thought that there might be a gap in the market for US style comic book stores. Not an area I know much about but if that is what you really want to do then dont be put off by obstacles, impossible is just a word!!
  8. Andy777

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    Hey Jordan!

    I helped one of my customers set-up e-commerce shop in a very similar market - what can I say - knowledge is EVERYTHING in a market like this!

    You really want to live & breath & feel it 100% to make right moves at right times. Same product selection can be very, very tricky if you're not an expert.

    But yes, I totally agree with Vicky - hard def. doesn't mean unachievable! Just go for it!

    And good luck as you'll need it :welldone:

    Andy
  9. Notreally

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    The two sites mentioned above don't seem to offer that service any more. Somebody has another sites?
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