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Why can't I save money?
Topic by: jross3
Posted: April 23, 2005 - 12:37 PM PDT
Last Reply: April 30, 2005 - 12:13 PM PDT

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author topic: Why can't I save money?
jross3
post #1  on April 23, 2005 - 12:37 PM PDT  
I'll tell you why I can't save money: I'm an otaku.

You see, I'm supposed to be saving for a new computer. And I have... sort of.
I've been a very good otaku for a few weeks now. I haven't bought much at all, and I hadn't bought anything online. If they didn't carry it at Sam Goody or Walden Books (or Safeway - I have to eat, too, but that's more of an afterthought), I didn't get to have it. Just stick it on the list of stuff I'll get when I have a nice new computer....

the problem is this:
Tokyopop's website says that Waldenbooks and Borders are supposed to carry the Clamp no Kiseki art books.... and I wish my local one did. But they don't.... and the release was at the beginning of this month. "Extremely limited quantities" means that it might go out of print before I know it... and I do realize that that's just a marketing trick, but damn it, I fell for it quite willingly.
It's surprisingly hard to find. Anime Castle doesn't even have a listing for it, and neither does Amazon (but aparently, people who search for it all express interest in North Side and South Side, which of course I already have). I ended up getting it through Tokyopop's own site.... Aaargh! I ordered it without even thinking! But they have little chess pieces in them! How could I refuse the little Clamp chess pieces? I can't! I'm a terrible otaku - or a great Otaku and a really bad miser.

....
.....

Well, I might as well get all the other stuff I was gonna get. There wasn't that much anyway, right?


Now it's $150 later and I'm another month or so away from my new computer :-(

But there's good news: The withdrawl symptoms are just about gone. Now I'll be able to hold out and not buy anything else until I get my new computer, right? Sure! I can do it! No problem! I just need a sponsor to call next month when the next Kiseki book is released....
hamano
post #2  on April 23, 2005 - 9:25 PM PDT  
Isn't Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle Vol. 5 coming out, like tomorrow? And XXXholic vol. 5 in May?
jross3
post #3  on April 23, 2005 - 9:58 PM PDT  
> On April 23, 2005 - 9:25 PM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Isn't Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle Vol. 5 coming out, like tomorrow? And XXXholic vol. 5 in May?
> ---------------------------------

..... pretty much. I haven't seen any of that yet, though.
Del Rey is supposed to have two new series out, now: Genshiken and Nodame Cantabile. I haven't seen them yet, either....
Thus I save $30 this week. Next week.... we'll see.

(here's some news: the confirmation e-mail I got from Tokyopop said that Clamp no Kiseki vol. 1 is back-ordered. It's worse than I thought.......... so I pre-ordered vol. 2, just to be safe. There's $30 I didn't save this week. Things are evening out.)
Yowanda
post #4  on April 24, 2005 - 4:15 PM PDT  
> On April 23, 2005 - 9:25 PM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Isn't Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle Vol. 5 coming out, like tomorrow? And XXXholic vol. 5 in May?
> ---------------------------------

Ooo-ooo, I can't wait for Tsubasa #5 to come out! I'm hoping to make it to the store on Tuesday to get it! And I can't wait for my baby to go to bed so I can watch Tsubasa episode #3! (Actually, I still have to watch #2, but I didn't want to get too far ahead)
Cosplayer
post #5  on April 24, 2005 - 5:55 PM PDT  
HAPPY PASSOVER GUYS!! and what better way to celebrate than to BELITTLE MY PEOPLE! Okay, this is waht you do. When you want something, you say, "Ok, I want this now, but will it really change my life?" or "WTF would I do with CLAMP chess pieces?"

I'm willing to admit it's harder with manga, but you can go to borders and read it for free. No one will even yell at you. If all else fails, try meditating.
jross3
post #6  on April 24, 2005 - 6:37 PM PDT  
> On April 24, 2005 - 5:55 PM PDT Cosplayer wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> "Ok, I want this now, but will it really change my life?" - "WTF would I do with CLAMP chess pieces?"

I would play the cutest game of chess of my life.
(plus, with the confidence that I'm probably a bigger Clamp fan than most of the people I'll play against, I'll have the home team advantage! I might even win a game!)
DHofmann
post #7  on April 24, 2005 - 9:40 PM PDT  
I'm guessing you bought it on credit. There's a book that I'm reading that has a tip: every time you make a purchase on a credit card, mail a check for that amount to the credit card company.

Now if I could only get into that habit myself, I would probably stop buying so much useless stuff, or at least think twice about it first...
jross3
post #8  on April 24, 2005 - 11:02 PM PDT  
Credit? What's that? No bank is going to be stupid enough to give me a credit card. Can't you tell I can't be trusted with money? I order online with my debit card...
If I had a credit card, I could just buy the computer and worry about it later. My cashflow would be much smoother and less stressful (as long as I managed to keep by balance in check).
I wish I had a credit card. The trick is getting one I won't destroy and that won't destroy me. Interest is not an Otaku's friend.
Cosplayer
post #9  on April 25, 2005 - 5:21 AM PDT  
Actually, my philosophy sometimes backfires. (especially when it comes to time.) I say, "ok, I can do my hw, study and get 100 on a quiz, get .009% of my final grade, or I can work on my novel and experience the arts and work on the masterpiece that will get me fameous and away from school forever!" You can see where my priorities lie, but then the report card comes home. Not as fun.
jross3
post #10  on April 25, 2005 - 8:49 AM PDT  
Let me guess:
"I want a good grade, but will algebra change my life?"
"WTF am I going to do with the quadratic equation??"

I can see how these can lead you in unproductive directions.
ahogue
post #11  on April 25, 2005 - 9:26 AM PDT  
Man...I have to say, I started out on this Journey Through The World Of Anime with what seemed like a simple rule: If I see something I like so much that I'll probably want to rewatch it multiple times, I will buy it. But that's not working out so well anymore because I really shouldn't spend 100's of dollars a month buying DVDs. But it's so tempting!
jross3
post #12  on April 25, 2005 - 10:35 AM PDT  
> On April 25, 2005 - 9:26 AM PDT ahogue wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Man...I have to say, I started out on this Journey Through The World Of Anime with what seemed like a simple rule: If I see something I like so much that I'll probably want to rewatch it multiple times, I will buy it. But that's not working out so well anymore because I really shouldn't spend 100's of dollars a month buying DVDs. But it's so tempting!
> ---------------------------------

This is how converts turn into Full-Time Otaku.
You can easily afford your anime as long as you have no other hobbies or interests - or a girlfriend, or a really big appetite. Anime becomes easier and easier to afford as it climbs your priority list...

Come, ahogue! Descend with me into the depths of poverty and fandom!
DBooher
post #13  on April 25, 2005 - 5:15 PM PDT  
> On April 24, 2005 - 5:55 PM PDT Cosplayer wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> HAPPY PASSOVER GUYS!! and what better way to celebrate than to BELITTLE MY PEOPLE! Okay, this is waht you do. When you want something, you say, "Ok, I want this now, but will it really change my life?" or "WTF would I do with CLAMP chess pieces?"
>
Um.

I bought them and put them on my desk at work. heh.

Cosplayer
post #14  on April 25, 2005 - 7:02 PM PDT  
> On April 25, 2005 - 8:49 AM PDT jross3 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Let me guess:
> "I want a good grade, but will algebra change my life?"
> "WTF am I going to do with the quadratic equation??"
>
> I can see how these can lead you in unproductive directions.
> ---------------------------------

Well I don't waste my time! I write. I hit 100 pages today. It's really good. With a little work, it could get published, no joke.
SonjaBlue
post #15  on April 25, 2005 - 7:48 PM PDT  
Cosplayer wrote:

> Well I don't waste my time! I write. I hit 100 pages today. It's really good. With a little work, it could get published, no joke.<

What is your book about, Cosplayer?
whitetigre2001
post #16  on April 25, 2005 - 8:30 PM PDT  
> On April 25, 2005 - 9:26 AM PDT ahogue wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Man...I have to say, I started out on this Journey Through The World Of Anime with what seemed like a simple rule: If I see something I like so much that I'll probably want to rewatch it multiple times, I will buy it. But that's not working out so well anymore because I really shouldn't spend 100's of dollars a month buying DVDs. But it's so tempting!
> ---------------------------------

I started my Otaku journey the normal way. I would go to Suncoast/Borders/Barnes & Noble/Virgin Megastore to get my manga and anime. I was racking up some serious $$. Then my exboyfriend turned me onto 2 ways to save money & get what you want.

First Way:
In Chinatown (NYC) you can get all the series in boxsets for sooooo cheap. I got the 7 disc boxset for Fist of the North Star part II for only Guess! $40. If I went to the stores above I would spend over $100 for the same amount of discs. The store I go to has a set price per box set. A boxset of 2 discs is $9.99, 3/4 discs 19.99, 5/6 discs 29.99, and 7/8 discs 39.99. I LOVE CHINA TOWN. Only set back. They are all in the original Japanese w/ English Subtitles. I have so many boxsets that I don't even have the time to sit and watch them. (If anybody wants me to get them some boxsets, hit me with an email)

Second Way:
Go to comic book conventions. You can bargain for manga or anime.
jross3
post #17  on April 25, 2005 - 8:44 PM PDT  
Arr! I've room for many a box set, matey! An'ye can fill me hold with rum, while yer at't! If you can get 'em past a'navy, I'll fill your pockets, I will!
hamano
post #18  on April 26, 2005 - 5:55 AM PDT  
A true pirate does not pay for booty! To follow the way of the privateer otaku, you must break into this store in Chinatown and steal the DVD boxsets! And leave a little note signed by "Saint Tail" that the store's defiance of intellectual property laws is being punished by the MegaDeus!

Really, try stealing the stuff... they won't report you to the police for stealing illegal discs. They don't want the FBI knocking down their doors!
jross3
post #19  on April 26, 2005 - 10:38 AM PDT  
You are a true pilliar of justice, Hamano....
kohnfused1
post #20  on April 26, 2005 - 2:58 PM PDT  
> On April 26, 2005 - 10:38 AM PDT jross3 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> You are a true pilliar of justice, Hamano....
> ---------------------------------

And an excellent "Cat" burglar.
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