As long as it isn’t videogames or at an anime convention, I’m a pretty small spender. I never spend my allowance or gift money on clothes, since I’m fine with the cheap t-shirts and pants my mom buy me. I re-use stationary every year (no back to school shopping) and I use the library if I absolutely need a book. When it comes to videogames though, I completely lose the ability to ‘wait for price drop/desperately need it moment.’ I’m actually glad I live in North America, because we’ve got relatively cheap prices compared to most places. The average handheld video game in Japan costs around $50-$70 USD, from what I see on Play-asia and some Japanese sites. Most of the ones I want to buy are around $60. In Canada, new handheld games are usually $30-$40, with some puzzle games starting at $20! Console games are more expensive, obviously. There’s also the limited editions that companies like to release with their galge…Ohh! My imaginary Japanese wallet!! People usually buy either just the normal edition or the more expensive LE (usually $20+ more expensive), but then there’s extreme galge otaku like Keima (from the manga, The World God Only Knows) who buy both the limited edition and the normal edition. Oh yeah, not to mention how they buy “one copy for collecting, one for playing, and one for…(lending to others, looking at, and other variations).”
I love it when limited editions get released here in the West. It’s good to have merchandise available in a physically reachable place. I know XSeed likes to release LEs on their RPGs, and Atlus has pre-order bonuses for some of their games. They release games with soundtracks and artbooks. An artbook is usually a major deciding factor in pre-ordering for me. I LOVE ARTBOOKS. When I heard that Etrian Odyssey III came with an artbook as a pre-order bonus, I ordered as soon as possible. I really like EO’s art style, so I got it even if the game ends up into the backlog territory (won’t be surprising, seeing as how slow I am and the amount of games coming out this fall). YS Seven’s LE comes with an artbook, and I’ve heard many positive things about the game too…should my wallet take a rest before I venture forever into the world of limited editions? Or is my place at the land of old and used games good enough? What about tracking down limited editions of games that were released long ago? Oh, how my heart pains when I think of the Persona 4 artbook that I don’t have!!
Oh, the limited editions! Not only is crack cheaper, it is also less troublesome, unless I’m somehow mistaken and there really is a limited edition crack package released 2 years ago which includes soundtracks and artbooks of crack. Maybe every time a druggie buys crack, he has to ask himself “should I get the limited edition of crack A for $20 more or wait until crack B comes out?” Yeah…I clearly did not do the research about crack.