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guide to buying doujinshi
We often get asked where to buy a specific doujinshi. In this little guide, we'll discuss the services we use and our own experiences with them.

In general, the people who scan a lot for Dragonfly use JPQueen, yahoo!Japan Auctions, and ebay much of the time to purchase their doujinshi.

Have any info to make this guide better? E-mail dragonfly.djs[at]gmail.com and let us know ^^
stores

:: jpqueen - the first place to look for doujinshi. Why? Well, for current fandoms (such as the ones Dragonfly covers), you can find a wide selection of doujinshi. Also, the prices can be pretty nice (although expect to see high numbers for some prominent artists). You've got a 2-week order period in which to pay for your doujin or wait til others arrive. Remember, a bigger order helps shipping costs in the end! Speaking of shipping costs, you can choose from a variety of options. Be sure to read their shipping FAQ. Also, you can be notified when out-of-stock doujinshis come back in. Don't hold your breath, but it's useful if you're hunting for one.
- accepts a paypal equivalent or major credit card through kagi -

:: mangafish - I've bought a few items from them and have been satisfied, but the selection is quite small. Mainly prominent artists.
- paypal -

:: JPNGoodSkoba - a varied selection from a smaller shop. Easy to deal with, and I have bought a few items from them. They also do a brisk business through eBay, and you'll find a large selection of works there.
- money order or paypal -

:: Mandrake - smallish selection online, but it pays to look. Shipping can be expensive from here, but if you want it, take a look.
- credit card, money order, or wire transfer -
auction sites

:: yahoo!japan auctions: doujinshi category - yes, it's in Japanese only, and yes, most sellers only ship inside of Japan, but the amount of doujin on auction here is amazing. Yahoo auctions is used much more in Japan than eBay, so your best bet is here. [note: read rinkya, celga, shopping mall japan, and new sphere blurbs on this page]

:: ebay - the regular version. Just simply search for "doujinshi." It's rather good or bad, depending on the time and sellers. Keep watch!
buying outside of japan
i.e., how to actually buy through yahoo!japan, ebay japan, or other japanese-only sites


so what are these places? - These internet sites specialize in bidding on items in Japan from sellers who won't ship internationally. They do all the dirty work, from paying (after you pay them) to contacting the seller and getting it to your home. Each require no Japanese knowledge at all (except for you knowing which doujinshi from yahoo!japan to buy).

:: rinkya - mostly automated, and super easy to check on your auctions, remaining time, or status of each order. This place is pricy... expect your 500 yen doujin to end up being $25.00 when it ships to you. However, it's a necessary evil, and they do provide good service. I've ordered about 30 doujinshi through them. Best advice: keep your bidding under 1,000 yen.
- accepts paypal and credit cards -

rinkya fee breakdown:
$15 base fee plus $1 per 1000¥ up to closing price.
commission fees on items 1,000¥ or more

more fee info on rinkya here

:: celga - they're not as whistle and bell fancy as rinkya; however, they're not as expensive either. Their rates vary, and you'll usually end up saving $10 US if you stay with them. It's all through e-mail correspondence, but they're perfectly used to people ordering doujinshi through them, and their customer service is quite nice. For certain holidays, they offer free items from time to time, giving you a list of items they're offering for the events, from which you can choose one thing to have added onto your next shipped order at no extra charge (unless stated; it depends on the weight of your added item).
- paypal or manual credit card set up -

celga fee breakdown:
Up to 1,000¥ is $5.00
1,001¥ to 10,000¥ is $10.00
A flat $2.00 wire fee per auction
Plus shipping from auctioneer to their storehouse in Japan.

more fee info on celga here

:: shopping mall japan - a little lower tech and, reportedly, slightly slower than the other two; the big draw to this place is price, and that's a big draw!
- paypal, money order, and credit cards -

shopping mall japan fee breakdown:
Base fee of $5.00 for auctions up to 2,000¥.
Base fee of $8.00 for auctions 2,001¥ up to 4,000¥.
Base fee of $12.00 for auctions 4,001¥ up to 10,000¥.
$1.00 fee for every 1,000¥ over 10,000¥. (rounded up to nearest 1k)
0.50 fee for every 1,000¥ over 30,000¥. (rounded up to nearest 1k)

$5.00 fee is a charge to place the order itself, whether accepted or not
$5.00 flat fee for the first item, $2.00 for each additional item
Plus normal commission/auction rates as listed above based off the total price of the special order

more fee info on shopping mall japan here


misc help

:: rinkya - click on their categories to the right, and you can browse Yahoo! Auctions in English (okay, Engrish).

:: new sphere - a rather handy translation tool. Don't expect proper grammar (Love Hina to them equals Love Chicken), but it can help you navigate yourself around yahoo!japan auctions.

:: yahoo! currency exchange - need yen to dollar? Check here!
tips

check the doujinshika's own site - Most aren't fancy, but doujinshi artists usually keep their websites updated with their new works and when they will come out. If you enjoy an artist, this is your first step. You can usually find their webpage link listed inside a doujinshi.

use the japanese on jpqueen or the doujinka's own site - Hunting down a doujinshi can be hard, so use what you can. If the doujinshika ever had an item on jpqueen, you can easily get the typed-out Japanese text of their name and save it to WordPad or another Word Doc that provides Japanese text support. Write yourself a little note next to each, and then copy and paste when you want to search through y!japan or another Japanese site.
random info on japanese auctions

You may notice how Japanese auctions are much less wordy than American auctions; this has to do with postal and cultural differences. Since Japan is a rather small country, there is a flat rate for sending items such a doujinshi inside Japan, so the postage cost is understood without the seller needing to discuss it. Also, the blinking ads and use of the words "great," "excellent," etc., that you often see from English sellers are rarely used by Japanese sellers. It's understood and unspoken that every item is in perfect condition unless otherwise specified. For Japanese sellers, the picture and bare-bones description should be enough to sell you on the item.

...which, coincidentally, helps English-speaking sellers buy an item without worrying that they'll get jipped on the price. ^^