Based on the completely unofficial survey I posted, Viz’s coming price rise is unlikely to affect their sales negatively.
60% of respondents selected “No, I will buy the same titles I follow now.” Only 21% chose “Yes, I will buy fewer Viz titles.” I expected more price resistance, myself.
I know I’m looking for cheaper ways to get manga. Borders has frequent coupons ranging from 15-40%, which helps a lot, but they’re only good on in-stock books. If they don’t have the title on the shelf, they will no longer order it for you, instead telling you to use their online site. No, thanks, not at full price.
Amazon.com has the option of used titles, and they have an excellent buyer protection program, but once you add in $4 a title shipping, the used books are the same price as the new ones.
If I’m going to order online, I’ll use DeepDiscount.com, which sells many $10 titles at $8 with free shipping. That’s the best deal I’ve found — do you know of a better one?