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||Posted - 09/17/2008 : 6:18:06 PM
Hey everyone. This seemed like the most appropriate place to post this topic, but I'll apologize in advance if it's considered inappropriate for the forums or off the subject.
The Anime Club at my high school is trying to raise money this year to get our members to Metrocon. Last year, after saving money for two years, we managed to do so, but wound up over-spending and completely depleting club funds (due to some miscalculations on our part, and, in part, due to the school). So this year, we're attempting to make about $700-800 to cover the costs, which is about twice as much as what we had made between the two previous years combined. Most of the money is raised at our school's fair every mid-October; fortunately, since it's the school's 40th anniversary, we'll be having another fair in January.
To help raise money, some of our members donated manga that they no longer read, and that's in pretty good condition - some almost off-the-shelf new, while others have a little wear, and many are nearly completed series (for instance: FuruBa #1-18); the original sale prices range from $8-$12. To compensate for their condition, the prices we'll be selling them at are $4 and $5, depending upon the condition of the volume, and, if someone [miraculously] wants to buy a large amount, the price will be further discounted. Do these sound like reasonable prices? Do you have any other suggestions?
So, the "TL; DR" version of it all: What is the price range that you would be willing to pay for used manga in good condition?
EDIT: One last note: my school has students from 2nd grade through 12th grade, so the tastes are quite diverse. Heck, our biggest money maker in the previous years revolved around selling Pokemon cards and sculpey figurines.
Any suggestions are highly appreciated! We really want to make it this year (especially without going in the red, haha!).
By the way, the series that we have thus far are:
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||Posted - 01/29/2009 : 2:27:51 PM
Ok So this is a little late, but you can always apply the advice to this year
So, sometimes when i'm out window shopping for nothing in particular, I find Manga being sold in the most unlikely of places (Best Buy, Fry's Electronics) and it's selling for between 5.99 and 6.99. That roughly half the price of what you normally pay, as noted by Cris, so I think if you take the price of what your selling and take 2/3 or 1/2 of what it cost, people would be more than willing to buy it. I don't know how many times i've spent a ton of money on manga just because it was a great price
||Posted - 11/23/2008 : 10:55:27 PM
Thanks guys - I got your replies a little late (ironically, the fair was on that day), but we did meet - and even exceeded - our goal!
Thank you for your suggestions though - we might be able to use them for January, or for next year as they'll have more time. : -)
||Posted - 10/11/2008 : 7:35:42 PM
Sell Tokyopop products for a higher price because they are higher caliber manga and also sell for 10.99 to even 11.99. I'm sure if you also sell by range of better condition to worse condition. (so you could either sell by brand or condition) You could also sew little products cheaply or give out home made chocolates etc (things reminiscent of the Japanese culture)
Small and cute usually sell to everyone too! Just brainstorming for ya ;) good luck!
||Posted - 10/11/2008 : 3:01:49 PM
I'm a big fan of manga, used or not as long as i have the book to read i honestly wouldn't care about the price just as long as it is cheaper, especially if it looks used. I think you're going about it the right way. Look to magazines for the latest and greatest and cheapest of whats going on to sell for the trip. I'd say go to Sam's Club and buy candie in the bulk and sell that as well. Have maybe a couple contests and raffles to win a prize.
Hope it helps...