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Unread 01-29-2011, 12:22 AM   #1
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You go in a retail store that sells sci fi, anime, etc; what do you buy?

If you go into a retail store that sold all different type of things from sci fi, anime, food, drinks, etc, what items would YOU want to see on shelves? Reason why I am asking is because I am sick of seeing like no good retails store around to fill my wants and having me rely on the online sites for everything. If you wanna share your epic list of stuff you would wanna see in a store please post it here ^.^ thanks!
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Unread 01-29-2011, 01:52 AM   #2
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I get everything online.

It's always cheaper, and I always find what I want.

But if I had to be in a store, I'd like to see foreign sci-fi. French speculative films tend to be awesome.

Outside of that, I own all the sci-fi I like, so whatever.
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Unread 01-29-2011, 01:55 AM   #3
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I honestly never walk into retail stores for electronics/movies..etc. I buy most everything online for the same reasons that In Cadium stated.
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Unread 01-29-2011, 02:32 AM   #4
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anime soundtracks are the first thing I look for
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Unread 01-29-2011, 06:08 AM   #5
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Nothing.

I buy everything on the internet. Usually from the country it comes from (if I'm going to pay to import it or buy it, I might as well skip the middleman markup and purchase it directly from the company).

The only things I purchase at stores are things I actually NEED and things I don't know I want until I stumble on them.

I'd rather spend my money on services than stuff. Things the US desperately needs:

-South Korean or Japanese style net cafes or PC-bangs. Hourly rate for access to private booths with high end computers loaded with net games and movies. Discount night packs available for night owls and people who use them as a cheap alternative to hotels.

-Atmospheric cafes or cafe chains that don't have a McDonalds air about them and encourage people to loiter, study or socialize without focusing on moving people in one door and out the other as quickly and sterile-ly as possible.

-Karaoke boxes. Hourly rates for private rooms to sing what you want when you want without having to do it in front of tons of strangers.

-Up-to-date arcades. The arcade business is hurting in the US. Try putting stuff that isn't utter crap in the cranes, getting some games that aren't 3,000 years old and cleaning up the atmosphere a bit.

-Professional and clean classrooms or community centers offering language, crafting, sewing, modelling, dance, GRE prep, certification test prep, etc. classes from qualified folks making a liveable wage.

I would spend good money on all of these things gladly and often.
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Unread 01-29-2011, 10:03 AM   #6
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Sometimes I do buy my anime or blu-rays at a retail stores (like best buy for my points) but majority of the time i buy online since its a lot cheaper.
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Unread 01-29-2011, 11:23 AM   #7
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I only ever go to stores when I know exactly what I'm looking for --- the times I go window shopping can be counted on a single finger, over the course of several years.

So yeah, if I go to such a store, it's because I'm looking for a specific BluRay movie, a series, a book --- a game, what have you.
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Unread 01-29-2011, 11:31 AM   #8
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Things the US desperately needs:

-South Korean or Japanese style net cafes or PC-bangs. Hourly rate for access to private booths with high end computers loaded with net games and movies. Discount night packs available for night owls and people who use them as a cheap alternative to hotels.

-Atmospheric cafes or cafe chains that don't have a McDonalds air about them and encourage people to loiter, study or socialize without focusing on moving people in one door and out the other as quickly and sterile-ly as possible.

-Karaoke boxes. Hourly rates for private rooms to sing what you want when you want without having to do it in front of tons of strangers.

-Up-to-date arcades. The arcade business is hurting in the US. Try putting stuff that isn't utter crap in the cranes, getting some games that aren't 3,000 years old and cleaning up the atmosphere a bit.

-Professional and clean classrooms or community centers offering language, crafting, sewing, modelling, dance, GRE prep, certification test prep, etc. classes from qualified folks making a liveable wage.

I would spend good money on all of these things gladly and often.
And that's why you should move to New York City.
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Unread 01-29-2011, 01:00 PM   #9
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Nothing.

I buy everything on the internet. Usually from the country it comes from (if I'm going to pay to import it or buy it, I might as well skip the middleman markup and purchase it directly from the company).

The only things I purchase at stores are things I actually NEED and things I don't know I want until I stumble on them.

I'd rather spend my money on services than stuff. Things the US desperately needs:

-South Korean or Japanese style net cafes or PC-bangs. Hourly rate for access to private booths with high end computers loaded with net games and movies. Discount night packs available for night owls and people who use them as a cheap alternative to hotels.

-Atmospheric cafes or cafe chains that don't have a McDonalds air about them and encourage people to loiter, study or socialize without focusing on moving people in one door and out the other as quickly and sterile-ly as possible.

-Karaoke boxes. Hourly rates for private rooms to sing what you want when you want without having to do it in front of tons of strangers.

-Up-to-date arcades. The arcade business is hurting in the US. Try putting stuff that isn't utter crap in the cranes, getting some games that aren't 3,000 years old and cleaning up the atmosphere a bit.

-Professional and clean classrooms or community centers offering language, crafting, sewing, modelling, dance, GRE prep, certification test prep, etc. classes from qualified folks making a liveable wage.

I would spend good money on all of these things gladly and often.
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And that's why you should move to New York City.
Or Seattle. We have most of those things, cater to them actually. Gameworks takes all of my cosplay money. @_@
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Unread 01-29-2011, 07:36 PM   #10
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wow well it seems majority of you all like putting your info out there and buying online, which is cool and all. Me personally I hate buying online. If I can get all the accessories, movies, soundtracks, and other stuff in a store I would rather do that than buy online and have someone use my information. I guess you can say I am paranoid, but I have had bad experiences from online and also theft so yeah... And they should expand the stores that are in New York City & Seattle, etc.
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Unread 01-29-2011, 08:06 PM   #11
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Unread 01-29-2011, 08:31 PM   #12
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And that's why you should move to New York City.
While there are certainly tons of things available in large cities in the US, they're not available to the majority of the population not living in those large cities... nor are those businesses generally as up-to-date, clean or well-taken-care of as they are in other countries.

When I lived in LA for a summer, we had access to a handful of kareoke boxes and asian arcades. They were still dirty, out-of-date and offered only a skeleton of the services available at the same sort of businesses even in small towns in other countries.

Just because three or four of something exist in major cities scattered throughout the United States doesn't mean there couldn't stand to be more (or better) or that the expansion/creation of more efficient forms of those businesses wouldn't represent a viable business opportunity.

Most of us aren't going to relocate our families, uproot our careers or pay $25,000 a year in rent just so we can enjoy our hobbies more easily... but were the means to enjoy them brought to smaller cities in an attractive way quite a lot more people might decide to spend more of their money on those hobbies or join in.

Opening karaoke boxes in rural pennsylvania isn't going to win you any genius-awards... but opening some a block away from dormitory units in a university town with 80,000+ students, an international studies program and an East Asian Studies department might make you some bank.

You can argue that Westerners don't like karaoke... but how do we really know? If there's no way to do something, generally people don't do it. If it's available, cheap and attractively marketted, more people will try and hopefully, get hooked.

Who knew Americans would go so nutty for Scrapbooking? Someone just decided to start pushing a line of cute paper products and it caught on.

Most people draw their hobbies from what's at-hand.
You'd be surprised what you can sell to people if only you can make the price and the packaging attractive enough and make sure it's in front of them in the first place.
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Unread 01-30-2011, 02:50 AM   #13
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Uh on Oahu, we have Toy's N Joys, Collector's Maniac's, and Shirokira (sp?) has stuff...

Toy's N Joy's, I look at the display case with all the pretty models, then cosplay, then wallscrolls, swords, then scavenge thru the video games. Its a great stores (there is two) but I think its only in Hawaii... They sell a lot of different stuff and is better than the dealers room. However, most of there good stuff is in store and you have to go an scavenge for it. It's a bit iffy on price of items, usually cosplay, wallscrolls, and games are a good find and price there. They have an online store but it's a bad representation on what goodies it has.

In Collectors Maniac's, I go directly to the New Manga section. They get manga faster than the big store chains and give you 15% off cover price.

Shirokira, I think is a chain store from Japan? I don't know what it's doing here but book off has lots of used Manga, Video games, and new untranslated Manga's... Oh they also have a lot of Japanese music, I picked up a awesome Gackt CD and a long time ago ordered the FMA Character Song's CD thru the store.

This may be JUST IN Hawaii though... Japanese Culture does have a lot of influence here...Seriously, over here we are encouraged to learn Japanese not Spanish like the other states...
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Opening karaoke boxes in rural pennsylvania isn't going to win you any genius-awards... but opening some a block away from dormitory units in a university town with 80,000+ students, an international studies program and an East Asian Studies department might make you some bank.

You can argue that Westerners don't like karaoke... but how do we really know? If there's no way to do something, generally people don't do it. If it's available, cheap and attractively marketted, more people will try and hopefully, get hooked.
I have a feeling anyone who lives in Michigan know's where this is going.....

Welcome to me and my friends happy little town of 'Ann Arbor'. It's a college town in Michigan about an hour or so from my friends place, and by college town I mean it's full of hip yuppie kids and this guy who dances to Michael Jackson on the street. So if you can get past them it's a relatively nifty place to chill. They have Bubble Island (no one likes Momo Tea) which is right next to an arcade....the arcade however will not replace their goddamn Air Hockey tables because 'They're going to break again anyway' so half of the time the puck just doesn't slide across the tables >__>' it just sits there sad and alone.

Apparently they have a 'really good' karaoke bar my friend went to earlier this week. How 'good' that is will be up for debate since I relate karaoke to teeth pulling and my opinion on the activity is skewed to where I don't think I will ever see a good karaoke bar anyway.

But indeed my friend is a Whitey McAmerican and he enjoys it enough...so I am not quite sure why would assume Americans (or apparently white people in general from what I hear) would dislike karaoke...

They have a fair amount of Japanese places to nom at, with more than one place selling Asian treats and we've not even been to them all.

Surprisingly enough, closer to my place is this itty bitty little Japanese supermarket. And by itty bitty I mean its two shelves, 4 freezers and some chilled sections for produce and Sushi. They have a little sushi bar in the back with about 5 tables and at least 3 of those are 2 person only seats. But they have an amazing assortment of goodies in a pretty small kind of area that borders 'Ghetto' to one side and 'White Trash' to the other.

Funny enough..I have a video of the place, a friend in Orlando wanted to see it xD

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndOQBR2-rmk

There you go kiddies.
I was there getting Onigiri stuffs...and getting stared at.
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While there are certainly tons of things available in large cities in the US, they're not available to the majority of the population not living in those large cities... nor are those businesses generally as up-to-date, clean or well-taken-care of as they are in other countries.

[and then there were many more words]
Sorry, I didn't mean to come off as a big-city snob. I'm from the suburbs, and I hate going to the city. But what it comes down to, and I'm sure this is going to blow everybody's mind, is money. The U.S. is a big place. It's a really big place. A lot bigger than Japan or South Korea. Overall, it's the largest communities that are going to generate the funds for the most services. If you want the most and the biggest and the newest and the best, you probably have to live in or near a major metropolitan area. And you have to be willing to spend a lot of money. Them's the breaks.

I don't disagree that U.S. standards of... well, kind of everything, fall behind in comparison to many other First World countries. We're good at fighting for fair pay and humane working conditions, but our actual work ethic tends to be pretty poor. We just don't see a lot of incentive in keeping things shiny, clean, and new, because taking pride in a job well done doesn't stand up in the face of profitability.
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