Rightstuf sale with a ton of JNC stuff

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    Apparently there is a sale going on at Rightstuf which includes a good deal of both JNC and other publishers for physical books if that's your thing.

    Anyone hear of this sight before? I happened to come across an ad for it, but never used it before. Is it pretty legit?

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    I wrote out this really long message about how I feel about the company, then I accidently deleted it all.

    To keep it short, I like them and would recommend them to any US based shoppers.

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    @db0ssman I love Rightstuf, they do a really good job packaging your stuff so it doesn't get damaged in shipping. Like Rahul said, would definitely recommend for persons in US

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    Rightstuf is one of the oldest US-based anime/manga distributer, having been been around for over 30 years. They are even the exclusive distributers for some publishers like Aniplex of America, Pony Canyon, and some anime figures manufacturers.
    They are perfectly legit and are one of the best places to get manga/LNs in the US, and probably the best place to order online. Just unfortunate they raised the minimum free shipping threshold from $50 to $75 in the US, but for people that make large orders that may not affect them too much.
    Their packaging is amazing by the way, a million times better than Amazon.

    Also are there some member-only sales? For JNC at least, all I see are Archdemon's Dilemma and How Not to Summon a Demon Lord. Only 2 series is not what I would consider "a ton" since in the past RS would have nearly every JNC title on sale.

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    I would so love it if RS had a european branch. But ordering it from usa is just way to expensive in terms of shipping and customs.

    I don't know any online shop that nicely packages their orders here. And worst of all most physical novels are only available at amazon.

    I so hate them for the damaged spicy and wolf limited collectors edition I received -.-

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    @db0ssman RightStuf is absolutely legit. I've been ordering from them for decades, ever since they did the Irresponsible Captain Tylor DVD boxset back in 2001.

    Not always the cheapest, but that probably has something to do with why they're still around after so many other anime retailers from that era have gone out of business. I'll happily give them my business over Amazon.

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    Yeah nah pass, this is probably the worst place an international buyer can get LNs from.

    I had a look to see the prices and they are going to charge $40+ on postage for an $11 book, absolute madness.

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    Have you tried book depository, there packages are usually cardboard so don’t get damaged in transit, also free postage.

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    I've bought thousands of dollars worth of anime, manga, and light novels from them over the years and saved a ton of money from their sales. I wouldn't normally buy stuff from them when it's not on sale, but they pretty much always have a sale going on something, and in particular, they have sales for almost every anime, manga, and light novel publisher such that every few months, you can buy everything from that publisher on sale. JNC's print stuff is limited enough that I don't know if Right Stuf has had any publisher sales for them yet, but for most publishers, Right Stuf's publisher sales are the best consistent way to get their anime or books at a good discount. This is the time of year though where they start getting into their big holiday sale and have all kinds of random stuff on sale.

    Also, on top of just plain having great pricing, they have the best packaging you're likely to ever find. It's highly unlikely that anything they ship is going to be damaged en route (whereas some places like Amazon will just stick your books in a bubblewrap envelope). In addition, they have free shipping in the US for orders over $75 and free shipping to Canada for orders over $250.

    For someone in the US, IMHO, they're hands down the best place to buy anime, manga, and light novels. For outside the US, it's a lot more questionable due to the shipping costs. As I understand it, a lot of international folks like to buy books from places like book depository, since IIRC, they somehow manage to have free international shipping, which is kind of crazy, but it obviously changes the equation quite a bit for folks outside the US.

    As for how legit they are, not only have they been selling anime for decades, but Right Stuf is owned and run by the same folks who own and run Nozomi Entertainment, which is a small anime studio. So, these are the same folks who license and produce some of the US anime releases (albeit frequently older ones). It's also Right Stuf who's handling the Gundam releases in the US for Sunrise, and IIRC, they're the only company that sells stuff directly from Aniplex of America. So, if you want to buy those titles, you either buy them from Right Stuf, or you buy them from a company that bought them from Right Stuf (or at least that used to be the case; I haven't looked into that recently, so maybe they changed their policies).

    So, whether Right Stuf is the best place to buy anime, manga, light novels, etc. for you depends on your situation, but if you're in the US, I'd highly recommend that you buy from them during their sales. I've bought almost all of my anime, manga, and light novels from them for over a decade. You can also get their "Got Anime?" membership for $18, which (among other things) gives you "up to" a 10% discount on what you buy (typically more like 5% on sales), which is worth it if you're buying hundreds of dollars of stuff from them a year but more questionable if you're buying more like $100 or $200 worth of stuff (since break even at 5% off would be $360 - you might manage to break even at $180, but it's unlikely that you'll manage to get the full 10% off that consistently - especially if you buy stuff during their sales, which is usually what makes the most sense). The membership used to be a better deal ($12 a year and always 10% off), but their costs went up enough that they had to make it worse. Still, particularly if you buy much anime, it's pretty easy to save money with the membership.

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    @Rahul-Balaggan said in Rightstuf sale with a ton of JNC stuff:

    I wrote out this really long message message about how I feel about the company, then I accidently deleted it all.

    If you're on PC writing into a textfile, or on forums writing into a textbox, hold down ctrl and 'Z' and you get back whatever you deleted. Repeat to get back older instances...

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    @Korppi I was on my phone at the time

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    There is another topic here for "physical media" dealers, including RS.

    It's discouraging to ask my checkbook program for a break-down by payee. Amazon and RS are #1 and #2, eclipsing my new car, and RS is only half of what I spent on Amazon.

    Yes, I recommend them, so long as you have good wallet control. It's easy to spend $200/month with them.

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    I too like RS, their prices and packing are both great. Shipping is more expensive because books are heavy and they don't have Amazon's leverage, but it's worth it to not receive the book in a paper envelope that's been ripped in half by whatever eldritch demons UPS uses to sort their stuff.

    I would like to add a short cautionary tale though in that you should be very careful to batch your orders into small chunks with them. Right now they are not shipping unless your entire order is in stock, so if you have pre-orders or stuff that goes out of stock, a large order might get stuck for a very long time. I have an order from July I won't see until January because of one stupid pre-order.

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    Moreover, RS doesn't remove products like in the whole Amazon debacle, so it still has LN series like No Game No Life available that are harder to find else where.

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    I highly recommend Rightstuf, as I've been buying from them for years. I never received a damaged item from them, but a friend had. She got in touch with them and after proving her purchase had been damaged they sent her a new copy. So if you end up with a damaged item, they do their part in replacing it.

    Though, as another user pointed out. Never add preorders to an existing order, do those separate. Otherwise you'll be waiting for that preorder release for your whole order. Same goes with out of stock items.

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    Regarding RightStuf shipping, this is what they have on their site:

    • All Canadian and International orders are held until all items are in stock.

    • For domestic orders, If an order is placed with in-stock items as well as pre-order or back ordered items, the order will remain unshipped until all products are in-stock with the following exceptions:

    • If you have another order that is fully in-stock, when we process that order, we will ship all products that are available on ALL of your orders with this shipment.

    • Our system will occasionally release domestic orders for partial shipping based on our order volume, usually 50% of your products have to be in-stock, however when this occurs it will pull in-stock products from your other orders if applicable.

    • Generally, the rules stated above are followed, however we reserve the right to partial ship at any time. Therefore, if you are wanting something shipped immediately it is recommended to place separate orders for your in-stock vs. pre-order products.

    Personally, I try to group things by release date for my monthly orders. My wish list has a many "in stock" items I can add in to get up to the free shipping level, if I want something in a hurry.

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    I too have been buying from them for a long time, close to or possibly over 20 years. If I still bought paper books instead of digital I'd be getting all of my LNs from them.

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