UK Anime Blu-ray & DVD Bargains

serpantino

Thousand Master
IncendiaryLemon said:
I guess some people probably aren't even aware they are buying bootlegs or are intentionally buying them.
I can't imagine anybody subjecting themselves to them intentionally nowadays. You can usually tell very quickly as the disk count is stupid (3 disks if not less for a 26 episode show) and they usually have a big shiny gold circle on the cover. The video quality is also awful as the slightest bit of movement causes everything toturn into a blocky, compressed, mess as they fit so many episodes onto one disk and use a very old and inefficient codec.


I confess that I did buy bootlegs back when I was at college because I lacked the funds to keep buying 4 episode disks and for the cost of one or two of those I could get the entire series on bootleg with the same quality (usually 1 or 2 disks less) just without any extras or adverts. I still have a few from back in the day and they're incomparable in quality to the official releases (which I now own as well unless unavailable).


I do report bootlegs on ebay now as the cost of anime is nothing like it was back then and the quality is so awful. It's frustrating when you search for an OOP series and end up with an army of bootlegs popping up which you have to search through to find a legitimate copy. Ebay never seem to do anything though as the same sellers just keep cropping up.
 

HdE

Comic Book Guy
serpantino said:
I can't imagine anybody subjecting themselves to them intentionally nowadays. You can usually tell very quickly as the disk count is stupid (3 disks if not less for a 26 episode show) and they usually have a big shiny gold circle on the cover. The video quality is also awful as the slightest bit of movement causes everything toturn into a blocky, compressed, mess as they fit so many episodes onto one disk and use a very old and inefficient codec.
Sadly, there are still a few people who seem t be availing themselves of these. I left one Facebook group where one particular idiot kept proudly posting photos of the bootlegs he'd bought, and making loud noises about how much money he'd saved as a result of buying obviously counterfeit goods. He was also pretty rude when I mentioned to him that he may be buying dodgy material without realising it. I've no sympathy for the cretin - one day, he'll go back to play his discs and wonder why they've suddenly corrupted.

Simply put, it is NEVER worth buying bootlegs. The guys producing them are in the business of providing the cheapest possible product for the highest possible profit. I remember being EXTREMELY pissed of years back after buying what I thought was the Cowboy Bebop complete collection on Ebay and receiving DVD-Rs in a cardboard case.

serpantino said:
I do report bootlegs on ebay now as the cost of anime is nothing like it was back then and the quality is so awful. It's frustrating when you search for an OOP series and end up with an army of bootlegs popping up which you have to search through to find a legitimate copy. Ebay never seem to do anything though as the same sellers just keep cropping up.
Ebay will act on this stuff - the bigger problem is that their report system doesn't really make much room for all the info you'd really need to provide to prove the claim that a product is bootlegged. I always figure that several reports on one seller will mean Ebay has to look into them.

Pirates generally operate on Ebay under several different storefronts, I've noticed. You can tell when the products are identical between them and the feedback is generally similar. Somebody will ALWAYS call them out on dodgy goods there.

Just keep fighting the good fight, peeps!
 

IncendiaryLemon

Captain Karen
AUKN Staff
Buying bootlegs, as a concept, never made any sense to me. If you're willing to buy bootlegs, why not just torrent shows instead? Not that I condone either but if you are going to rip off the creators/official distributors, so you might as well illegally obtain the shows for free rather than pay some bloke to illegally obtain them for you...
 

Emo185

Student Council President
HdE said:
Guys - do your due dilligence when ordering on Ebay. The negative feedback on that seller and the details of it is quite telling. Multiple complaints about them advertising product they do not have in stock, and I found at least one complaint about dubious DVDs.

Remember, where anime is concerned on Ebay, if in doubt, do not buy.
Some times retailers (and online only stores such as The Entertainment Store) list items for pre-order (such as The Eccentric Family) and then when an ebayer buys it they expect to receive it within a few days.

Some people do not read the product listings or be aware that that show isn't out yet; so when they dont receive the product in question they will leave negative feedback - which is incredibly difficult to remove on eBay.
 

IncendiaryLemon

Captain Karen
AUKN Staff
To be fair, nowhere on that page for Eccentric Family does it actually say it's a pre order. If someone bought it who weren't enthusiasts (If that's the right word to use) like people here and don't keep track of when shows are coming out and stuff, you'd think you would get it in a few days.
 

serpantino

Thousand Master
IncendiaryLemon said:
Buying bootlegs, as a concept, never made any sense to me. If you're willing to buy bootlegs, why not just torrent shows instead? Not that I condone either but if you are going to rip off the creators/official distributors, so you might as well illegally obtain the shows for free rather than pay some bloke to illegally obtain them for you...
It doesn't to me now and I'm happy to support the current market. Back then though torrenting was very much in it's infancy (we're talking 2002 or thereabouts) and whilst there was were other ways, almost everyone in the country was still on a 56k modem and codec compression vs quality was terrible too.
 

IncendiaryLemon

Captain Karen
AUKN Staff
serpantino said:
IncendiaryLemon said:
Buying bootlegs, as a concept, never made any sense to me. If you're willing to buy bootlegs, why not just torrent shows instead? Not that I condone either but if you are going to rip off the creators/official distributors, so you might as well illegally obtain the shows for free rather than pay some bloke to illegally obtain them for you...
It doesn't to me now and I'm happy to support the current market. Back then though torrenting was very much in it's infancy (we're talking 2002 or thereabouts) and whilst there was were other ways, almost everyone in the country was still on a 56k modem and codec compression vs quality was terrible too.
It would make sense under those circumstances, but the bootleg market appears to still be doing well if eBay is any indication and that just confuses the life out of me.
 

Morbo

Adventurer
HdE said:
serpantino said:
I can't imagine anybody subjecting themselves to them intentionally nowadays. You can usually tell very quickly as the disk count is stupid (3 disks if not less for a 26 episode show) and they usually have a big shiny gold circle on the cover. The video quality is also awful as the slightest bit of movement causes everything toturn into a blocky, compressed, mess as they fit so many episodes onto one disk and use a very old and inefficient codec.
Sadly, there are still a few people who seem t be availing themselves of these.
I can vouch for this, I sold code geass anime legends on eBay a few months back and got a message from the buyer saying that he was disappointed that it didn't contain all 52 episodes like other sellers. I obviously pointed out that no legitimate release contained both seasons in 1 box and that he was after a fraudulent copy which I don't endorse and neither does eBay.

I didn't hear back from him or received any kind of feedback so I count it as a win.
 

HdE

Comic Book Guy
IncendiaryLemon said:
It would make sense under those circumstances, but the bootleg market appears to still be doing well if eBay is any indication and that just confuses the life out of me.
If it's any consolation, I get the impression that the bootleg market has shrunk a bit. Most folks in the online anime community (and by that, I mean anyone who has the means and inclination to click around on forums and read up on stuff to do with their hobby) seem pretty well educated as to the perils of Ebay. The bootleggers seem to be selling either to newbies who know no better or folks who probably aren't inclined to spend a lot of money on official releases anyway.
 

Emo185

Student Council President
Rice Digital have just started their Black Friday Deals; and there is some 'interesting' offers to be had (such as Half-Price on Exclusive Collectors Edition Bundles).

Rice Digital offers FREE UK Shipping and offers worldwide shipping.

BlazBlue ChronoPhantasma Extended (XB1 / PS4) - £29.99
BlazBlue CrhonoPhantasma Extend – Chibi Heroes Edition (PS3 / PS Vita) - £24.99
BlazBlue CrhonoPhantasma Extend – Chibi Heroes (PS4 / XB1) £29.99
BlazBlue Chibi Heroes Content (Plush and Badges) - £15
Corpse Party (PS Vita) - £24.99
Corpse Party – Everafter Edition (PS Vita) - £44.99
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution - Samurai Edition (PS3 / X360)- £25.00
Persona 4: Dancing All Night – Disco Fever Edition (PS Vita) - £54.99
Persona 4: Dancing All Night – Disco Fever Edition (PS Vita) + T-Shirt + Bonus PS3 Game - £64.99
Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson (3DS) - £24.99
Steins;Gate – Limited Edition (PS3 / PS Vita) - £19.99
Steins;Gate – El Psy Kongroo Edition (PS3 / PS Vita) - £24.99
XBLAZE: Code Embryo (PS Vita) - £20.00
XBLAZE: Code Embryo (PS3) - £20.00

There's also some discounts on a lot of other items (such as anime dvds, merchandise and so forth); so it's worth having a look.
 

IncendiaryLemon

Captain Karen
AUKN Staff
So tempted by Steins;Gate from RD AND Kill la Kill Part 2 is finally below £40! Jesus my wallet! I already spent like £40 yesterday on Anime, I don't know if I can handle this! I'm going to have to check what money I have...

I take it these offers end after Friday?
 

Buzz201

Mad Scientist
Maybe it's just me, but so far Black Friday has been really bland. Even Amazon, who last year had deal upon deal I wanted to buy, have been crap this year. To be honest, I think Black Friday is a fad, and I'd be surprised if it still exists in a few years.

Not sure why I'm complaining, this is probably a good thing, I'm trying to save up for a video games console.
 

Emo185

Student Council President
IncendiaryLemon said:
So tempted by Steins;Gate from RD AND Kill la Kill Part 2 is finally below £40! Jesus my wallet! I already spent like £40 yesterday on Anime, I don't know if I can handle this! I'm going to have to check what money I have...

I take it these offers end after Friday?
The Deals end Sunday (from what i've been told).

£40 isn't a lot; it's only the standard price of a game.

During the Madman promotion i spent around £120 within 48 hours.
 

IncendiaryLemon

Captain Karen
AUKN Staff
As someone who currently has no income, I'd like to spread my spending out. I have about £450 left until I find another job and I have no idea when that's going to be and with Christmas coming up, I'm going to have to start being real frugal.
 

Jatz

Hunter
IncendiaryLemon said:
So tempted by Steins;Gate from RD AND Kill la Kill Part 2 is finally below £40! Jesus my wallet! I already spent like £40 yesterday on Anime, I don't know if I can handle this! I'm going to have to check what money I have...

I take it these offers end after Friday?
Wouldn't pull the KLK trigger too quickly. Zavvi had it up for £28.99 a few weeks ago. Could see a bigger drop for Christmas.
 

IncendiaryLemon

Captain Karen
AUKN Staff
Jatz said:
IncendiaryLemon said:
So tempted by Steins;Gate from RD AND Kill la Kill Part 2 is finally below £40! Jesus my wallet! I already spent like £40 yesterday on Anime, I don't know if I can handle this! I'm going to have to check what money I have...

I take it these offers end after Friday?
Wouldn't pull the KLK trigger too quickly. Zavvi had it up for £28.99 a few weeks ago. Could see a bigger drop for Christmas.
With the Anime15 discount code it comes to £28.89.
 
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