COMIC opening a anime shop

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  1. KwKouki

    KwKouki New Member

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    My girlfriend wants to open up a anime shop here in town. Basically selling anime, clothing, resin kits, and collectables. Heres my question for all of you.....

    If a new anime store opened up in your town, what would you like to see in there and for what price.
     
  2. solypsist

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    what's the town?
    check out image anime, one of New York's most successful anime shops.
    they make most of their money thru mailorder, which might be a good business plan if you're not in a heavily populated area.
     
  3. Akira714

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    If you do set up a shop dont only sell the popular stuff. Sell other great anime (and manga =D ) and people can discover new things. As for the pricing, sell it maybe a cupple bucks less then the MSRP. Good Luck :p
     
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    Homan Unconquerable OT Supporter

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    I think it might be a very risky business decision unless you are in a semi big town that is culturally diversed, meaning not a redneck town ;)
     
  5. KwKouki

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    solypsist - The mailorder thing will be a definate. We will start out small and depending on the demand we will grow

    Akira - we arent gonna go the popular thing. We will be selling alot of anime titles (popular or not) and a ton of manga. My girlfriend plans to draw her own manga and is going to start making clothes.

    Homan - I live in Key West, cant get more diverse than that.
     
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    AznRyda キモかわいい!

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    Do you guys speak Japanese?
     
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    By carrying all things GTO

    GTO = Great Teacher Onizuka

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  8. KwKouki

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    She is studying it and knows some. She is teaching it to me (along with french) having a tri-lingual girlfriend is HOT
     
  9. solypsist

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    acually it's also important that you read Japanese, too. But if you plan on hiring someone to work there (so you and your g/f can have some days off) then it's okay for them to carry the full burden of knowing Nihongo.
     
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    Hmmm, I think it would be better if you start out as an online store and progress to a real store if your successful. That way you get more experience without dumping alot of money into rent, etc.
     
  11. solypsist

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    That's a good idea. It cuts down on your overhead, stock, and such.
     
  12. AznRyda

    AznRyda キモかわいい!

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    how well does she know it and how long has she been studying?
     
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    AznRyda キモかわいい!

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    won't be able to read for a long while. :big grin:
     
  14. KwKouki

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    Azn - shes 2 years into it and wants to learn more. problem is she moved away from her college. Wanna help???
     
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    Firewall97 Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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    anime porn :o
     
  16. neo_omega

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    where are you? It won't be easy. Asian will be majority of your customer. If you can't speak Japanese or Chinese, you are most likely can't make it. I can tell you this, even San Francisco can't support an Anime shop with all the Asian popluation. Plus you will run into all those copy right and product source nitemate.
     
  17. clover

    clover Lucky in life

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    Start renting out anime. Most people are hesitant about buying it. Plus they may get hooked and start buying wall scrolls.
     
  18. sushibug

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    i believe anime is more profitable if your business incorporates online sales. if you think about it, any hardcore anime fan will want hard to get items, which they will have to buy online. it will be impossible for any one store to have every item desired.... i think an online only anime store would work out better since you can work/sell from home and save a lot of money.
     
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    All I can say is that you should make sure you can 'connect' with your customers, ESPECIALLY diehard anime fans. And if there ever is some crazy fad on some sort of item, DON'T raise the prices like crazy like other bastards do! Anyway, goodluck either way
     
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    Guys, thanks alot for your opinions. I think we are leaning more towards the online only shop. If things go right, we will try to open a shop down here.

    We already talked about the pricing of the anime. The Sam Goody's down here charges 29.99 for an anime. We woul dlike to keep it somewhere around 23-25 but We havent got in contact with an anime distributor yet. We dont know how much anime is @cost.

    We are going to be as customer friendly as possible. We want to do things such as giveaways, raffles, preffered customer type thing, the rental thing might be an option.

    We also would like to stay away from the mainstream/popular only titles. People are so damn trendy down here it drives me insane. - FOR EXAMPLE - Im into trance music so I import ALL my music. I had Better off alone by Alice DeeJay like a month before anyone heard it down here. When I played it at the clubs, I was told it was a crappy song. Month later its on the radio and everyone is "OH MY GOD I LOVE THAT SONG" Way off topic but you get the idea. With that in mind we are thinking about putting mpegs of the anime titles to let people know what they are buying.

    Keep the ideas coming.
     
  21. nikkostarr5

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    Invest in Tokyopop manga. All the manga I read is published by them. The comic store near me doesn't carry it :down: so I usually go to Borders. The tokyopop manga is very popular and even sells out at Borders, I think it would be worth the investment.

    <---- get Peach Girl! (one of my fav mangas :wiggle: )
     
  22. Scud

    Scud I'm an aquired taste.

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    bestbuy has anime from anywhere from 15-22$ on average, gonna have to beat them. I would NEVER pay more than $22 unless I got like 4 or more episodes on the DVD.
     
  23. HellKitten

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    Whatever you guys decide to do, stick with it. My boyfriend wants to open up a record store and I am completely behind him. If you ever get discouraged (which is why some 70% of small business owners fail in the first year), don't let it get you down. You've picked a great business opportunity for yourselfs. And I think we would all love to see a great authentic anime shop... they are very hard to come by! Good luck!!!!
     
  24. Eyerate

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    The problem with opening anime shops is the internet itself. The mainstream popularity growth of IRC is getting rediculous. There are over 100 release groups that do strictly anime and even 2 of its own IRC servers(Aniverse and Mirc-X). People dont want to buy things that they can download free. The music industry lost an estimated 6 billion in sales last year to online music trading. I couldnt even vernture to guess how much the anime industry has lost to fansubs and release groups, especially with the invention of a little thing called Ogg Vorbis. Basically in a 250 MB file you can get a DVD quality ep which has the option of either english or jap sound and the option of subtitle. Basically a digital DVD. Basically there arent enough "hardcore" anime fans that will buy the dvds and things when they can get the exact same thing free and faster than waiting for shipping. Best of luck to you and your GF and i hope it works out for you. Just stating my opinion, not being discouraging. Im sure youll find a way to make it work :)
     
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