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09 July 2009 @ 12:53 pm
Discrimination...  
T__________T Wizard magazine not only charges outrageous shipping prices, they don't ship to Japan. I miss comics, so I was thinking that I could at least read about them. I can't even find a customer service contact address to address a complaint or request to. ToT *cries*
 
 
 
Yoko⋆: Kyo - Sickzucci_zookeenee on July 9th, 2009 03:56 am (UTC)
You might be able to either find a comic distributor in North America willing to ship to Japan or just get a friend to buy them for you off the shelf and ship 'em out?

I'm pretty sure Wizard was in charge of releasing Anime Insider here but it was cancelled about two monthe ago :C I haven't been too pleased with them since about then...
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 9th, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)
Do you know of any that offer subscriptions and wouldn't charge a lot for shipping? I'd really like to get them on time, which is why I wanted it from the actual company's site..

Yoko⋆: It's hammer time!zucci_zookeenee on July 9th, 2009 10:36 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure my local geek shop gets stuff about a week or two in advance to the month it's supposed to come out but I'm not sure if that's how everyone comic shop rolls. As for shipping, it's international and I guess it really depends how heavy the magazine is, yeah?

You can see if any shops local to you would import them as well? I asked my local shop and they're able to import stuff for me from Japan, so... Never hurts to ask?
bakaneko47bakaneko47 on July 9th, 2009 03:56 am (UTC)
Why not get a shopping service? Need me to stop somewhere and get it for you? xD
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 9th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
what is that? Is that one of those things where I pay hundreds of dollars for them to do nothing but receive my magazine and change the address then send it my way? I don't want to spend that much, really... Not to mention, I would rather complain and hope they change their policies, because this is an international day and age.

And thanks for the offer, but I'd rather go with a company. It's not the kind of thing that I'd want to depend on someone for.
Jubeijubeichan on July 9th, 2009 04:13 am (UTC)
lol the opposite happens to me, but thankfully Japanese book stores here are willing to get subscriptions through their address. They only charge me when they receive the magazine, and I pay face value, no shipping charged.

There are so many copyrights shipping internationally might be hard for them to manage with all the rules they must deal with.
Beccaumbrellaofdoom on July 9th, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
I don't think they're discriminating. Copyright makes those kinds of things difficult. There's also the whole language thing. Offering the service without being able to offer support in the country language feels risky to some. Almost no Japanese companies ship over seas, even if people can pay and speak the language. I can't imagine how well the new Tenimyu online shop would do with international shipping.

I would just get it shipped to a friend, and add in the order notes that you'd like shipping to Japan.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 9th, 2009 04:37 am (UTC)
Oh, I definitely have to disagrree. Saying "you can get it, but you can't" is discrimination, right? Regardless of the reason, it still is what it is.

As far as support, I would think that it's natural to expect that support for an english-language publication would be in english only. But not everyone expects the same things, I guess.

I do think that Japan is very discriminatory in their shipping practices in general. It's probably because they just don't want to deal with the expense or hassle of shipping abroad, but that doesn't make it any more discriminatory. It's just discrimination based on geographic location as opposed to race or gender et al.
Beccaumbrellaofdoom on July 9th, 2009 08:05 am (UTC)
It's one of those copyright things. Countless jobs are created through international copyright and distribution. Just giving a quick look through, where does it say no Japan? I only see mention of "foreign countries" and the fact there's going to be customs out the ass. It really sucks though. @_@ The amount of red tape and stuff just to get books and movies from another country is ridiculous. From the looks of things, give it another decade or two, and the whole idea of copyright is going to be so different to what it is now, because like you said, this is a very global village world, where we need access to things in spite of where we live. (I'm looking at you Amazon, let me order normal priced food damn it!)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 9th, 2009 11:33 am (UTC)
OMG I feel your pain with Amazon! GAH the times that I've seen such delicious snacks, only to find out that I can't have them. T-T *makes grabby hands*

Ah, with Wizard, it says on the shipping page that "we only ship to these countries" and Japan is not among them. T-T sad. I wonder how much it costs at Tower Records (I've seen it at the Shibuya store). It was $14 at Kinokuniya,which made me want to shoot someone. ToT
Beccaumbrellaofdoom on July 9th, 2009 11:44 am (UTC)
I just order it myself and get it sent to my parents, and then it gets forwarded. A bit annoying, but meh.

Well, you could always email them and ask if there's a reason. If there isn't one, tell them you're looking for a subscription (if you are. From other comments, I'm assuming you are) and see if they'll help you out. They might have just not had the demand yet.
And if not... while it would be a hassle, the Kinokuniya price might be even with shipping + customs. Hopefully Tower Records is cheaper.
Momokoxelloss_poo on July 9th, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
IF you order through the kinokuniya shop online, they would deliver, and I don't think it would be that much over cost. Its worth looking at.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 9th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
You mean it's a lot cheaper in the Kino online site? Since they charge $15 in the store, I thought it would be the same..
Momokoxelloss_poo on July 9th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
You can always check. I know at least for some of the books, its cheaper to order online because of the version of the book they have in the store is the more expensive one, whereas I get it for cost via the site. And also since I usually buy several things, I get free shipping. They never charge for international shipping. You can check though. I'm not sure about magazines.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 9th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks Sarah, I'll check it out! ^^

Do you mean a foreign site for Kino? Can you link me? I didn't even know that they had a foreign site, since I always only see the japanese one when I do a search...
Momokoxelloss_poo on July 9th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
No. Just the regular site. http://www.kinokuniya.co.jp The foreign books are usually special order so they take a little bit longer to come, but I'm not charged any special fees. Its just the normal conversion fee.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 9th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
Great! Thank you! ^o^/
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Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 9th, 2009 07:16 am (UTC)
Mmmm.. but I'm afraid that it would be just too expensive. I saw it in the international bookstore here, but it was $15!!! Even $10 is too much to pay though, really. If they shipped to Japan, even with the outrageous shipping prices, I think it would only be a little bit above cover price.
Koramay: Fight like a girlkoramay on July 9th, 2009 05:56 am (UTC)
Do you know about the comics shop in Harajuku? I think it's called Blister. To my knowledge it's the last brick-and-mortar American comics shop left in Tokyo. There's a few online comics shops as well.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 9th, 2009 07:14 am (UTC)
Really? I've never seen it. Do you know where it is? I'll try to find time to go and check it out. ^^ There used to be a comics shopin Shinjuku that carried a selection of new things, but they disappeared years ago, and there was (is?) one in Shibuya, but they only carry translated comics. Old translated comics.. T-T (and they werre actually quite rude to me when I went in!!)

If you can point me to any online shops (based in Japan) that would be awesome!
demon_baristademon_barista on July 9th, 2009 07:36 am (UTC)
http://www.blister.jp/open.html

I think this is the shop Koramay was talking about. Since I can't read it, I don't know if they ship online as well. XD"
Koramaykoramay on July 9th, 2009 09:16 am (UTC)
Yep, it's the one demon_barista linked to. It used to be in Shibuya, but they moved to Harajuku a few months ago, I think. I haven't visited since they moved, but they definitely had plenty of English-language comics when I went.

I'm afraid I don't have the links to any online shops, but I found them the first time by googling, so you might have some luck if you search.
The Sunlit Pathproduct_of_84 on July 9th, 2009 06:12 am (UTC)
Wizard stopped rocking years ago. You're better off with online stuff like www.comicbookresources.com
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 9th, 2009 07:18 am (UTC)
Ooh thanks, I'll check it out! ^^ Though I really like having something to read when I'm on the go, so magazines are really convenient. ^^
L.impressioniste on July 9th, 2009 11:34 am (UTC)
I used to read that magazine quite a lot... not recently though.

I'd be happy to help forward a subscription to you, but if you'd rather try and see where you can get with the company, good luck!
ore-samathesundaywriter on July 9th, 2009 11:30 am (UTC)
if you really want i can go see if the comic shops here have want you want and you can pay me for the comic + shipping =3
metamorphosys on July 9th, 2009 11:36 am (UTC)
If you miss comics just download them and read them on your PC or iPod or PSP. That is what I did :) Take care.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 9th, 2009 11:40 am (UTC)
Youc an do that?! This is going to get me in trouble, but I'd much rather download them and then buy graphic novels when they come out!! Where can I download them??? I searched my usual places ages ago but they're really all about tv shows, so..
demon_baristademon_barista on July 9th, 2009 11:54 am (UTC)
freecomicbooks.org have a lot of different Comics, and there are also many LJ Communities providing weekly/monthly scans 8D
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 9th, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link ^-^

About lj... Is there any comm like free-manga? I did a few searches but so far I haven't found anything. I'm not sure what to search for..
demon_baristademon_barista on July 10th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
I don't know free-manga, but I think comicunity is pretty nice =)
Rei: huntress bloodsykogwyfinangel on July 9th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
Geh... you just reminded me about missing comics, too.

Oh, Huntress, how I miss thee!
Yuvi: *hehehe* - Narutoyuvi on July 9th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you are having problems with getting thw Wizard magazine.

I see that you were already linked to ComicBookResources. Here are other comic news sites that you can look into:

http://www.newsarama.com/

http://www.comicscontinuum.com/index.htm

http://www.superherohype.com/

http://www.worldfamouscomics.com/


I don't know if you know of Aspen Comics. I love their comics and the late Michael Turner. I think you'll like the art -> http://www.aspencomics.com
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 9th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
Late?? Did he die?

I used to really love Witchblade. Up through about issue 8 it was such a good series!!
Yuvi: Sigh - Soulfireyuvi on July 9th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
Yes :'( he passed away June 27, 2008. I'm still pretty broken up about it. Meeting him really was a wonderful experience and I hoped to meet him again, but it didn't happen.

I still need to get caught up with Witchblade.. I am dying to get those compendium books. I just don't have enough extra cash go get those yet.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 9th, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
That's too bad.. His art was so pretty, although he suffered from the J.Scott Campbell dirty-nose syndrome just a little bit. I hope that he inspired a lot of people, though, because at least that way his art can live on!

LOL is Witchblade still going? With the tv and anime adaptations being complete crap, and the comic itself nosediving after issue 8, I thought they would have died as well. I wonder if maybe it got better? Are the compendiums long and numbered? Or short like a lot of comic gns are. I really wish that comics dealers would understand that the market would expand exponentially if they released everything in numbered, thick, inexpensive volumes (ala japanese comics, though of course larger and in color)
Yuvi: Konyuvi on July 9th, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
^_^ he did. He was quite the charasmatic man.

Yep.. Witchblade still going. The compendium books are pretty big. here's number 1 and here's number 2. I tend to like hard cover books for the multiple volumed comics ^_^ Is not cheap.

Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 10th, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
Thanks! =D
Aww man, that looks pretty cool! It's expensive but I could at least get the first one and see if I like it. Too bad that they don't have any copies (only used ones over $100) on Amazon Japan. I'd want to take a look at it myself anyways.

I will have to find a good comic shop and rape it whenever I visit America next =D
redneckotakuredneckotaku on July 9th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
Have you thought about ordering from some place Like Earth 2 Comics? They are West Coast based and send comics to people internationally. www.earth2comics.com is the address. There has to be a store in the Seattle area that would ship to you in Japan.
Lisa, Kittypinkpaladin on July 9th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
Darn. If you can find a contact, you should have everybody on your friend's list complain. That would get their attention. XD
Chrishysteria on July 10th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)
Jamie,

Perhaps Discount Comic Book Service can help. They're at https://www.dcbservice.com/ , and they charge extremely reasonable rates. They ship internationally, too!