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09 July 2009 @ 12:53 pm
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..

(no subject) - zucci_zookeenee on July 9th, 2009 10:36 am (UTC) (Expand)
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.
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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!
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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. ^^
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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..
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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:





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!!
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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)

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