As any regular reader of this blog will know by now, I am an incredibly impulsive spender, which translates to well, lots of needless spending and what I would call, “bad buys”. Because of my rabid fandom for some things, I also tend to completely ignore the price when it comes down to it, like Adun. There have been a number of factors that somehow inhibited my overall spending, such as figures that never arrived, the global economic crisis, and another new hobby. Still, compared to previous years, my spending has still increased significantly. Hit the jump for details.
I’ll be honest – I forgot to keep track of my spending again so this report will be really lacking in terms of specific dates and prices. Therefore, rather than analyzing when I spent the most, I’ll be analyzing where I spent the most. I’ve constructed a really horrible-looking spreadsheet for anyone interested; you can have a look at it here (copy-pasted into word because .xls isn’t allowed) so you can have a better grasp of what I’m referring to. So now without further ado, a chart! By the way, do note all values are in Philippine Peso (converter).
It’s quite clear that the largest amount of money went to figures, followed closely by manga. Had Exelica arrived on time (or at all), she probably would’ve raised the value close to 20,000. A lot of the figures I spent on were actually really old preorders, dating back to months and months, even up to a year ago in some cases. I ended up selling Ryouko and Kureha (and I really regret that, to be honest) because I needed to pay back some debts that I incurred from a few loans from some friends. Rumi and Chihaya were pretty much impulse buys because I happened to have money with me and they looked pretty enticing. Now I’m regretting buying the latter too. While Reinforce II was the most expensive on the list, it’s Unison Vita with whom I am pleased the most.
Manga on the other hand, was pretty downplayed this year. Much of the money spent for it is thanks to the ridiculous pricing of the bookstores here for Tokyopop stuff; ARIA is sooo worth it however. The rest went into Negima! and catching up on Mushishi stuff, 3 volumes of which are still in their shrinkwrap. Mao-chan and Solanin were impulse buys, but I only regret having bought the former – it’s junk-food-type manga. In a convention I talked about here, I ended up buying some loose Chobits tankoubon (or was that last year’s?) as well as the full series later in the day. And of course, Shoujo Sect.
DVD purchases were kept to a minimum – just one box set and one DVD. ARIA is, of course, something I can’t not have, and so is 5cm.
I spent a lot less on magazines, and at the same time, a lot more for artbooks this year. I quit collecting Newtype ages ago, and thankfully my spending’s lessened. However, because a local shop decided to stock up on some other artbooks, such as Hakua Ugetsu’s Flamboyant, my spendy side got the better of me and had me plopping down quite a good amount of money for it and a pair of Megami Deluxe’s. The ComiPa fan book was also an impulse buy, mostly on account of how cheap it was; same with Your Eyes Only. Lastly, the LB! visual book just happened to be there because my brother was ordering something from Play-Asia, and ended up needing some more purchases to redeem my coupons.
Others is basically another impulse buy of a card binder with Koge Donbo stuff, and a pair of so-so headphones.
Best Figure Purchase:Alter 1/8 Unison Vita
Worst Figure Purchase: MaxFac 1/8 Hiiragi Chihaya
Best Manga Purchase: Tokyopop’s AQUA and ARIA releases (just need to get AQUA 2 now…)
Worst Manga Purchase: Del Rey’s Mao-chan vol. 1
Best Overall Purchase: Anything ARIA-related (eg: manga and DVDs)
Worst Overall Purchase: Card Binder & Trading Cards
As stated above, figures and manga have the lion’s share of my money. Artbooks still gain about a fifth of the pie while DVDs only get a measly tenth.
Amount spent on figures: 12100 PHP
Amount spent on manga: 10480 PHP
Amount spent on DVDs: 4250 PHP
Amount spent on artbooks and magazines: 7050 PHP
Amount spent on miscellaneous items: 3700 PHP
Total spent on anime goods: 35580 PHP
Yes, I realize my grammar is horrible. Anyway, I’m sure 100% of my reader base doesn’t really care for fountain pens so I won’t go into specifics. However, the fact that such a new hobby – one no older than a quarter of a year – has gobbled up a huge 30% of my major spendings this year is quite surprising. I’ll go and make an assumtion now that this will slowly dwindle down to maybe 20% by the end of next year because, like all new things, I’ll slowly lose a bit of interest and maybe go at it at a (comparatively) more casual pace.
Amount spent on fountain pens and inks: 15580 PHP
Grand Total: 51160 PHP
Edit: Okay, so I ended up buying ANOTHER pen (Parker Vacumatic Major <3) which adds another 2000 to my expenditures, leaving me with a final grand total of 53160 PHP spent.
Happy New Year indeed.