Discussion in 'Video Games and Technology' started by Sweep, Jun 12, 2007.
Anybody buy from these guys before? Any good?
I bought some figures from them last year, everything was very good. No problems at all, I would buy from them again.
Sundevildvd.com is a lot cheaper, if you don't mind the occasional bootleg. I personally think discountanimedvd's imports are too high.
Most of their dvds are bootlegs.
Yes, but GOOD quality bootlegs. I've bought many from them, and while most have no English audio, they have excellent subtitles! It's all a matter of what you wanna spend. Me, I'm a cheap bastard, so I don't mind.
Or whether or not you want to support legit products and the people who make them.
Bah. The legit ones are too damn expensive. They're making a buck over here, who gives a crap about buying bootlegs? Do I really want to pay $30 for three episodes on one disc? Hell no. The market sees that anime is popular over here, and so they jack up the prices.
You could view that way.
Alot of money off of those bootlegs supports the Triad.
Be a cheapo like me. Get some patience, DVD encoding, authoring, and burning software, and DVDRs and then start DLing fansubs. I've amassed a gigantic anime collection over the years and the only money I've spent is on blank DVDs and DVD multipacks for season shows.
Hmm, there's an idea. If I ever get my main comp fixed, I'll try that. Although torrents are useful too, I've downloaded em that way before.
They do not jack up the prices. When a company licenses an anime, they have to buy the license for the film, the music and voice track. And on top of that, they have to pay english voice actors. The funny thing about that? Even with all the expenses, our DVD's are STILL cheaper then in Japan.
TMPEG encoder and authorer made by Pegasys is what I use. There are some free trials of each out there. They're a little pricey for the full versions, but man, so worth the one time purchase compared to all the money you save by not ever buying anime again :0
For burning I use the copy of Nero that came with my computer.
I torrent pretty much everything. I use utorrent, I love it.
I do try to stay away from liscensed shows though (excluding stuff like Naruto and Bleach because I really don't feel like waiting for Viz to catch up to where the Japanese stuff is at).
If you decide to try those out let me know and I could walk you through the process because you'll have to change the aspect ration that the fan subbers to their work in so the subs don't get cut off on the screen.
There's also tons of info on doing this stuff at: www.videohelp.com
Still tends to be on the expensive side of things. I admit, me in japan+animes wouldn't work out, but even here I get only choice titles, and even not all the time. But I wouldn't buy a bootleg. No way, I hate them.
Search around. Anime is not THAT expensive from legit sources. I've found that between DiscountDVD, AnimeNation and Amazon I can get about any Anime I want for around $15 a DVD. And that's legit, licensed for distribution in America DVDs. I don't think I paid more than $17 for any DVD in the entire Fullmetal Alchemist run, and that was for the last movie special edition.
I'm a weirdo though. I have a major, MAJOR problem with bootlegs. For multiple reasons, but mostly because I've been a creator (not of anime, but still) and don't like the idea of someone else making money off my work. And I'm not a big believer in double standards, so I apply that to others too.
I've bought from them with no troubles, think I got most of my Sailor Moon from them.
Only bootleg I own is Sailor Moon Sailor Stars, because it is unavailable in any other form (I believe). A lot of the rest of the anime I own I've downloaded, pretty much all of which I have loved and will be buying the DVD's when I can get enough disposable cash together to do so...
The reason it's more expensive in Japan is because the cost of living, nay, EVERYTHING there is higher. Plus, chew on the fact that it costs 30 cents (at least in the US) to make one DVD.
My point was people's complaints are unwarranted. It's the Japanese who should be complaining about how cheap our prices are!
Thanks for the info. I currently installed and have been using ConvertXtoDVD.Simple to use program, but the encoding time itself is slow. It takes almost 4-5 Hours just to convert a few episodes.
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