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Title: Money spent on items
Post by: orangepopper on November 19, 2009, 07:18:25 PM
I need to know in advance about how much money I'll spend on extra sdtuff cause I have to take a long trip to get to california, so abou thow much did you spend on extra items, like plushies, book, DVD's, shirts, etc.? Thanks alot for your guys help!
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: heeroyuy135 on November 19, 2009, 09:02:01 PM
I set around $250-300, but not all of it goes to the Dealers Room; I use some to tip hotel staff, cash-only food purchases, arcade gaming room, and instant emergencies.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: frumpy on November 20, 2009, 07:46:02 PM
I need to know in advance about how much money I'll spend on extra sdtuff cause I have to take a long trip to get to california, so abou thow much did you spend on extra items, like plushies, book, DVD's, shirts, etc.? Thanks alot for your guys help!

Saving about $200 minimum just *for* dealer's room is a safe bet. Depends on what you're really looking for though, since merchandise can cost anywhere from $10 to $100+. The serious collectors are more likely to spend $50-$80+ per item, from what I noticed...
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: caskaslyrk on December 13, 2009, 01:55:10 AM
I usually take $500-$1,000, but this would also include my cost for the hotel.  I usually only spend about $300 in the dealers room.  Plus you have to think of Food...me personally I CANNOT live off instant ramen and pocky, but hey that is just me!  I would have heartburn for a year with all that sodium..LOL
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: Nina Star 9 on December 13, 2009, 10:27:55 AM
It depends on how much you are planning on buying. If I buy a -lot- one year, I'll spend about $50, maybe a little more. Usually I spend less. I hardly buy anything, though.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: SirVincent on December 14, 2009, 01:35:23 PM
I would bring $100-$200 if i was you last year I found a dealer that was selling Armitage cels and he did not know what they were so i got like 8 for $5 each so even if you don't think you will need it. Bring more money for the things you don't know that you need yet ;)
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: BlueCharisma on December 14, 2009, 05:57:28 PM
What I do is make a want list. Few question to ask yourself is: What type of items do you buy? (ie figures, wallscroll, dvd etc), How often do you buy these items? (weekly, monthly, preorder), Are there any items you missed and you are looking for? If so, how much are you willing to pay for each item at fanime.

Last year, I took $500 with me for purchases, but I spent about $100. One of my friends spent about $120 and the other spent about $40. Their were a lot of tempting items, but somehow we fought it off. This year, probably a different story.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: TC_X0_Lt_0X on December 14, 2009, 10:47:53 PM
I would suggest $200 for the Dealers Room, and $100 for Swap Meet. Gives you enough options to splurge on stuff while not being a huge strain on your wallet.
How much I plan to take however. About $500-800, after Hotel Room and Badge. I really do enjoy spending money in mass =P. That after total includes other expenses such as gas ($20 big deal =P) and food (Subway FTW), as well as any other expenses that might arise. I make sure to keep at least $100 for Monday in case something unexpected happens. If not I will dump it all in the dealers room and starve myself on Monday.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: orangepopper on January 05, 2010, 08:21:53 PM
Thanks alot guys!  ;D
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: abcbadcat on January 05, 2010, 10:31:36 PM
Ticket, hotel, food money, arcade, booze (lol), I usually spend $500 or so

I don't buy too many things in the dealers room unless its something I really want
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: VanessaAyukawa on January 18, 2010, 02:49:16 PM
Bring money is one thing but bringing smaller bills is just as important, esp. in the Swap Meet. I actually go to the bank and ask for 10's and 5's instead of larger bills and use it when in the Swap Meet, so many times they don't have enough bill to break and plus bring a couple of bags, just as important as money. ^_^;
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: Poof-Aro on February 12, 2010, 09:11:15 PM
I always set aside $100 for each day of the con counting Friday (but not Monday- I only use that for prereg anyway) so around $300+ for me. But, I always end up running out of money and wanting to spend more... so I suggest you bring $400-500 to spend and hopefully you wont go over like me >.<
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: Poof-Aro on February 12, 2010, 09:14:20 PM
Also, I suggest you look at the Swap Meet and Artist Ally before going into the Dealer's Room. They are way cheaper and normally have a lot of cool stuff.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: Hikaru Kazushime on May 20, 2010, 01:32:21 PM
I've got about $500 in war funds at the moment- will be making $50 more on Day Zero from a friend, and I've got about $100 worth of items I'm trying to sell before the con. If I'm successful, I'll probably walk in there with around $650- all of which will be split up between the Swap Meet and Dealer's Hall. I spend about 50%-70% of my funds on the swap meet, and the other 30% between the Dealer's Hall and Artist Alley. Last year I found an incredibly amazing amount of good deals at the Swap Meets.

Just depends on you really- are you an extreme otaku or just a fan who wants to come home with a few goodies? I think bringing at least $200-$300 will ensure you a good time.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: TC_X0_Lt_0X on May 20, 2010, 07:06:57 PM
Set with $600. Half of that if going towards tripling my Manga collection. Still I'll have more cash to spend at the Swap Meet / Dealer's Room then I had total last year, which 1/3 went to Manga. In other words I'll come out with a lot of swag =P

Would have more if some lazy **** had a job and could pay for himself. Oh well I'm forcing him to go anyway...
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: kohana ichibana on May 21, 2010, 12:02:19 PM
about 500 for me this includes hotel and food.

BUT this year my budget is 1,400 because I'm organizing the hotel this time around and I'm going to be in the artist alley.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: Tony on May 21, 2010, 12:30:20 PM
I'll be bringing about $10,000. Just for food.

Sadly, I'm of the age where I have the money, but don't want to part with it. I may spend $100-$200 in the dealer's room. A good chunk of that will probably be FanimeCon stuff - staff, attendee, and MusicFest t-shirts. ;D
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: LordKefka on May 21, 2010, 02:23:28 PM
I'll be bringing about $10,000. Just for food.


Fat con chair is fat :V

But anyways, $100 for food, $80 for hotel and $300 for dealer's/swap meet.

Would be a lot more if I didn't have to go to AX as well...~_~;
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: Nephilim on May 21, 2010, 02:40:02 PM
I'll try to stick to a  $400 budget. >.>;
That's for buying merch and food. Good thing is I already have about $20 in quarters for the Arcade Room.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: TC_X0_Lt_0X on May 21, 2010, 05:56:56 PM
I'll be bringing about $10,000. Just for food.

Sadly, I'm of the age where I have the money, but don't want to part with it. I may spend $100-$200 in the dealer's room. A good chunk of that will probably be FanimeCon stuff - staff, attendee, and MusicFest t-shirts. ;D

So you taking me out to Dinner Tony?
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: otakuapprentice on May 21, 2010, 06:32:42 PM
I'll be bringing about $10,000. Just for food.
So, we make the drop-off at midnight? Good. *evil laugh*
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: LordMoufMouf on May 22, 2010, 10:44:23 PM
I usually spend about $50-$80 at the Dealer's Room. Why so little? I make regular trips to San Francisco's Japantown, where they have almost everything I could ever want. Plus, I tend to not buy very much in life anyway. Do I really need this item? Can I live without it?
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: frumpy on May 23, 2010, 02:00:27 AM
I usually spend about $50-$80 at the Dealer's Room. Why so little? I make regular trips to San Francisco's Japantown, where they have almost everything I could ever want. Plus, I tend to not buy very much in life anyway. Do I really need this item? Can I live without it?

*jedi mind trick*
YES, YOU REALLY NEED THESE ITEMS AND YOU CAN'T LIVE W/O IT. YOU NEED TO SPEND ALL YOUR MONEY IN DEALERS TO MAKE THEM HAPPY!
*waves hand*
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: mariotheotaku on May 23, 2010, 02:39:22 AM
hmm, this will be first time attending Fanime and the dealer's hall, I will be bringing about $600 for food and merch items for the swap and dealer's hall. Any tips that you may have for a newbie who is prone to become a shopaholic? (especially with the Bleach stuff, god I love Bleach merch, lol)
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: Tsuchimi Rin-chan on May 23, 2010, 06:26:25 AM
hmm, this will be first time attending Fanime and the dealer's hall, I will be bringing about $600 for food and merch items for the swap and dealer's hall. Any tips that you may have for a newbie who is prone to become a shopaholic? (especially with the Bleach stuff, god I love Bleach merch, lol)


Check out the Thursday Day Zero Swap Meet if you can go and the Friday Day one Swap meets.  Both are scheduled for 8pm to 1am.  You can find budget priced, mint conditioned and rare stuff that you cannot find in the dealers room, especially if you are the type looking for the latest anime imported merchandise from Japan.  Also found domestic out of print stuff there like the 1st print of the Kodocha box set for 20 bucks factory sealed for example.  Please do not fall for impulse buying when you are at the dealers room.  Go for the rare hard to find stuff on the first two days of the dealers room then the easy to find stuff on the last two days.  On the last day of the dealers room, two to three hours before it shuts down for good, some dealers will lower their prices to clear out some leftovers and you can bargain with some.

Again rare stuff first then easy to find stuff last.  This is a tip I give to anime convention shoppers.  Good luck at Fanime and manage your hard earned money wisely.  This is coming from a soon to be 11th year Fanime con Attendee Veteran.  Hope this helps.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: LordKefka on May 23, 2010, 09:08:05 AM
Oh when swap meet starts, we are no longer friends Jason! We will be at WAR! Wahahah!.. :3
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: Tsuchimi Rin-chan on May 23, 2010, 12:40:31 PM
I see what you did there Lord Kefka.  I guess I will make sure you do not make it to your next Fanime Con LOL.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: TC_X0_Lt_0X on May 24, 2010, 03:44:11 PM
Tip:
cover his door and windows in cement and cut off any connection to the outside. Make sure he lacks a cell phone. Then Victory will be yours.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: mariotheotaku on May 25, 2010, 02:00:17 AM
hmm, this will be first time attending Fanime and the dealer's hall, I will be bringing about $600 for food and merch items for the swap and dealer's hall. Any tips that you may have for a newbie who is prone to become a shopaholic? (especially with the Bleach stuff, god I love Bleach merch, lol)


Check out the Thursday Day Zero Swap Meet if you can go and the Friday Day one Swap meets.  Both are scheduled for 8pm to 1am.  You can find budget priced, mint conditioned and rare stuff that you cannot find in the dealers room, especially if you are the type looking for the latest anime imported merchandise from Japan.  Also found domestic out of print stuff there like the 1st print of the Kodocha box set for 20 bucks factory sealed for example.  Please do not fall for impulse buying when you are at the dealers room.  Go for the rare hard to find stuff on the first two days of the dealers room then the easy to find stuff on the last two days.  On the last day of the dealers room, two to three hours before it shuts down for good, some dealers will lower their prices to clear out some leftovers and you can bargain with some.

Again rare stuff first then easy to find stuff last.  This is a tip I give to anime convention shoppers.  Good luck at Fanime and manage your hard earned money wisely.  This is coming from a soon to be 11th year Fanime con Attendee Veteran.  Hope this helps.


Thank you, those are good tips, especially the one about finding rare stuff first, didn't thought about that.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: bossyman15 on May 26, 2010, 11:03:43 PM
i'm cheap.

MAX $100

for food, swap meet, and dealer room.

i will be bringing bunch of snacks to reduce my food expense. Will hit swap meet on tomorrow first before dealer room on friday.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: Rcsi1 on January 10, 2011, 11:09:29 PM
The most I've ever spent at the dealers' room was $40. I can't afford to spend much more than that but if you have the means, it might be better to bring more money. It depends on what you want to buy and what your priorities are.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: Poof-Aro on January 10, 2011, 11:39:28 PM
I'm hoping to only spend about $100-200. I think I've bout everything that I want from fanime. O.O I just want a few boxsets, posters/scrolls, maybe a bag, and art. And a character sword to add to my collection. ^^
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: SOawesomeness on January 15, 2011, 12:06:55 AM
I usually only want to buy Totoro stuff and max 2 plushies and other small things that catch my eye, so $100. Though this year it may be $150 because of a certain plushie-thing I may want to purchaseeee...  *_*
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: Rin_chan on February 18, 2011, 11:02:30 AM
Last year was my first fanime so I only spent about $100, this year I'm planning to bring about the same but hopefully more. I'm scouting prices out online for things I want as well to see which would be cheaper and making sure I don't get ripped off for something. I'm hoping to find some Yu Yu Hakusho merch this year, but I'm wondering if because the anime is from the 90's that merch might be harder to find? Or even more expensive?

Sometimes you can get really lucky though. Last year I got a Clannad figure half off cause the box was dented and a bit beat up, so I guess no major collectors wanted to buy them. I don't keep them in the boxes anyways, so it was no loss to me XD
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: LadyGlitterbow on February 22, 2011, 05:49:44 PM
I only spend maybe $100, but don't forget artist's alley! That place eats up a lot of my money because I think, "I may never find this any place else!" Of course I am always happy with my purchases!
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: AngrySean on March 29, 2011, 06:47:32 AM
I've found that if you wait until the last few hours on Monday, you can sometimes haggle down the price on certain goods by quite a bit. This works best if there are lots of other dealers with the same item.  If you can get two dealers to compete against each other for your business, you can save quite a bit.  Of course, some dealers will give you a really nasty glare when you try to haggle but don't let that discourage you from trying again at a different booth.

Also, I'm shocked how many people seem to only bring $100 spending cash to the con.  Of course, that's probably because I approach conventions with a "go big or go home" kind of attitude that seems to lend itself well to spending more cash than I should in the dealer's hall.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: frumpy on April 22, 2011, 03:10:52 AM
Speaking from my experience as a con dealer for the last 10 years (WonderCon & SDCC):

Here are general rules of haggling:

-Don't low-ball. That's the fastest way of offending the dealer & you're guaranteed a nasty glare. If item is marked at $50 and you try to offer $25, that's low-balling. Instead, try to offer something the dealer can meet in the middle. Start w/ $40 and see if dealer is willing to go for $45.

-Carry CASH. Dealers can work better discounts if cash is involved. Credit cards have a ridiculous surcharge fee & dealers don't want to get hit for every transaction. Ask the dealer if they're willing to offer a better price break if you pay in cash. Most of the time, they'll offer to waive the tax. (I think Santa Clara tax is now 9.5%? If item is $100 = approx $9.50 saved!)

-Don't get ass-hurt if dealers reject your offer. Some of those items may have been discounted & they're just trying to "break even". Asking them to sell for lower means they're losing money on the item in question.

-Last & not least: Be Polite. Don't be rude/demanding to the dealer if he/she is in the middle of conducting a transaction w/ another customer. You wait your turn like everyone else. If you rub the dealer the wrong way, they're less likely to sell you anything for a discount.


Hope this helps w/ everyone's bargain hunting!

Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: Rhornez on April 27, 2011, 11:16:40 PM
I usually take $500-$1,000, but this would also include my cost for the hotel.  I usually only spend about $300 in the dealers room.  Plus you have to think of Food...me personally I CANNOT live off instant ramen and pocky, but hey that is just me!  I would have heartburn for a year with all that sodium..LOL
and i thought i had a large amount :O usually i take 250 to fanime and im fine whoa
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: ShadowKnight508 on April 27, 2011, 11:38:29 PM
Apart from the $300 my hotel will cost for 2 nights, I am taking roughly $150 to spend at FanimeCon or at locations nearby (I do not intend to purchase anything, but if I see something I like, I might get it).
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: RooBird on April 27, 2011, 11:43:28 PM
I almost always spend somewhere around 200 dollars. I usually try to bring somewhere around 250-300 dollars, though. Never hurt to have a little extra cash to splurge some more.  :D Any less than 200 I won't have enough money for everything I want.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: solipoo on April 28, 2011, 07:12:19 PM
I've never spent over like, $30 in the dealers room LOL. Each year usually I just buy a couple of posters or a plushie or something, since I don't collect figures or anime/manga. ^___^;;

HOWEVER, I spend like double or triple that amount in the artist's alley. ;u; I guess prints/buttons/the art aspect of fanime appeals to me more. xD

In total, including badge cost, I never exceed spending $200 in each of the three years I've gone to fanime.

This year I'm gonna bring lotsa money to the swap meet. Hopefully I'll find stuff that I like that *u*!! Cuz last year only went friday (and late, cuz of the FLOW concert), and only got to spend a little bit of time in there. ;n; !!!
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: zeroelement on May 07, 2011, 10:49:41 PM
Alot of ATM's Nearby so save alot bring some and ATM it so you have time to say Hey do i really need this. But some cash for those OMG MUST BUY moments.  Btw food can be cheeper if you WALK along the streets in San jose.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: FanFicGuru on May 10, 2011, 09:04:43 AM
I spend between 500-600 at Fanime. 125 for my room, 75 roughly for food for the weekend and the rest on swag.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: TC_X0_Lt_0X on May 19, 2011, 02:38:34 PM
Only $50 this year.
My $600 Budget last year puts it to shame.
Well, time to kill myself...
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: Rhornez on May 19, 2011, 07:12:41 PM
you 600 dollar budget puts my 250 dollar budget to shame
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: Moonblossom on May 19, 2011, 07:22:56 PM
Would it be obnoxious of me to say I don't really have a budget? I got back about thirty-five hundred dollars in taxes, a chunk of it when to plane ticket/hotel, I've put aside about 500 for food, and the rest is in a "use as needed" fund. ><''
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: zeroelement on May 19, 2011, 07:58:02 PM
Would it be obnoxious of me to say I don't really have a budget? I got back about thirty-five hundred dollars in taxes, a chunk of it when to plane ticket/hotel, I've put aside about 500 for food, and the rest is in a "use as needed" fund. ><''
Well you can Always SAVE the money and go to more cons XD
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: Coryuken on May 20, 2011, 12:12:14 AM
How much are figures usually?
I reeeeally want to get a Kuroneko figurine.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: TC_X0_Lt_0X on May 20, 2011, 03:16:22 AM
you 600 dollar budget puts my 250 dollar budget to shame

It was kind of the point, beyond expanding my collection (Some of those Manga still need reading (>_>) )
Mind you that was just Dealers Room and Swap Meet. I spent over a grand total last year. Though I was also covering for 3 people so it is expected...

How much are figures usually?
I reeeeally want to get a Kuroneko figurine.

Figures are absurdly expensive as they go up in quality.
The average size low end figure can go from $10-20, and depending on popularity even these skyrocket.

Would it be obnoxious of me to say I don't really have a budget? I got back about thirty-five hundred dollars in taxes, a chunk of it when to plane ticket/hotel, I've put aside about 500 for food, and the rest is in a "use as needed" fund. ><''

So what we chillin?
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: Moonblossom on May 20, 2011, 06:12:08 AM
Would it be obnoxious of me to say I don't really have a budget? I got back about thirty-five hundred dollars in taxes, a chunk of it when to plane ticket/hotel, I've put aside about 500 for food, and the rest is in a "use as needed" fund. ><''
Well you can Always SAVE the money and go to more cons XD

I'm actually going to NYC with some friends in a few weeks, hopefully. Not for a con, just for a vacation.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: Unyieldingsoul on May 22, 2011, 08:08:22 AM
All you people, and you're $300-$500 counts make me super sad, cause I am only gonna have about $120 this year. And, that is for everything food, dealers room, artist alley, and the arcade. TT_TT
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: FanFicGuru on May 22, 2011, 01:16:20 PM
All you people, and you're $300-$500 counts make me super sad, cause I am only gonna have about $120 this year. And, that is for everything food, dealers room, artist alley, and the arcade. TT_TT

The joys of being a working adult or teenager. :)
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: Persona on May 22, 2011, 05:05:33 PM
All you people, and you're $300-$500 counts make me super sad, cause I am only gonna have about $120 this year. And, that is for everything food, dealers room, artist alley, and the arcade. TT_TT

When I got an "allowance" for Fanime I only got $50 my first year and $100 the next few... and I actually ended up spending only half of that on everything (dealers room and food). It's amazing how much money you can save when you keep your impulse buys to a minimum.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: zeroelement on May 22, 2011, 05:19:23 PM
All you people, and you're $300-$500 counts make me super sad, cause I am only gonna have about $120 this year. And, that is for everything food, dealers room, artist alley, and the arcade. TT_TT

When I got an "allowance" for Fanime I only got $50 my first year and $100 the next few... and I actually ended up spending only half of that on everything (dealers room and food). It's amazing how much money you can save when you keep your impulse buys to a minimum.
If your not a figure buyer than its easy to save money. Also if your male its easyer. im not being sexist or anything its just that at Fanime they dont really sell Yuri books Nor do they sell Lollita male clothing. The clothing there from the fasion people are EXPENSIVE like 120 just for a jacket.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: Unyieldingsoul on May 23, 2011, 02:54:18 AM
All you people, and you're $300-$500 counts make me super sad, cause I am only gonna have about $120 this year. And, that is for everything food, dealers room, artist alley, and the arcade. TT_TT

When I got an "allowance" for Fanime I only got $50 my first year and $100 the next few... and I actually ended up spending only half of that on everything (dealers room and food). It's amazing how much money you can save when you keep your impulse buys to a minimum.

Thing is, I still need to get some DVDs of older anime, and fanime is my best shot. Plus it is tradition for me to get a new messenger bag every year at fanime, so that is $25-$36 gone from the start.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: Rhornez on May 24, 2011, 08:35:37 PM
his 600 dollar budget still puts mine to shame
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: zeroelement on May 24, 2011, 09:10:33 PM
my budget is whats in my pocket lol
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: Rhornez on May 24, 2011, 09:17:36 PM
still shame!
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: FanFicGuru on May 24, 2011, 10:39:21 PM
This is my last fanime, so I'm going out big.

Though to be honest I came to fanime 4 years ago with a solid $1,000. Most I've ever spent in a weekend.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: Poof-Aro on May 24, 2011, 10:53:52 PM
I have a $300 limit this year.... plus whatever my dad adds to that. ^^
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: TC_X0_Lt_0X on May 24, 2011, 11:13:53 PM
This is my last fanime, so I'm going out big.

Though to be honest I came to fanime 4 years ago with a solid $1,000. Most I've ever spent in a weekend.

D=
Why your last Fanime?
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: FanFicGuru on May 24, 2011, 11:31:12 PM
This is my last fanime, so I'm going out big.

Though to be honest I came to fanime 4 years ago with a solid $1,000. Most I've ever spent in a weekend.

D=
Why your last Fanime?

Moving to San Diego. Real life beckons, unfortunately. Comic Con and AX will be my new staples. Still, it won't be the same.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: Rhornez on May 25, 2011, 08:58:39 AM
AX will never be the same, dont go to it or you will be forced to pay for things that are for free at fanime !
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: FanFicGuru on May 25, 2011, 09:05:13 AM
AX will never be the same, dont go to it or you will be forced to pay for things that are for free at fanime !

Yeah well...I'll go at least once to AX. I've been to Comic Con before and that was a blast, but yeah, so big it's almost alienating.

I may venture back for Fanime, but I don't know because it seems to be shifting more towards a music guest focus. I'm not blaming guest services or anything, you get who you can... and securing FLOW and Yuya, not to mention Yoshiki's last minute arrival is certainly nothing to scoff at. However, since concerts aren't really my thing the guest list is looking more and more familiar each year. I really enjoyed having the Aksys developers last year and the Gurren Lagaan team before that (the Yamaga party that year was amazing) but this year none of the non-musical guests really jump out at me.

Again, I'm not blaming anyone, it's just personal preference.

Still, I'll be hanging around the board to help answer questions and such as I have for the last 4-5 years. :)
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: Unyieldingsoul on May 25, 2011, 12:54:11 PM
Must change my earlier statement I will only have $89 not $120  :'(
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: TC_X0_Lt_0X on May 25, 2011, 01:25:38 PM
Must change my earlier statement I will only have $89 not $120  :'(

(T_T)
Cry, brother, cry.
All I have is $130.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: AR-99 on May 30, 2011, 07:23:17 PM
Update for 2011:

Evangelion
-Genesis 0:8 laserdisc from swap meet on Thursday: $5
-2 promo shitajiki and a promo poster for Petit Eva that Ryusuke Hamamoto sketched on and signed: $32
-4 out of print posters: $95
-Asuka piggy bank and 2 mini toys: $28

Et. al.
-Takara G1 Transformers Smokescreen reissue: $55
-Toru Furuya clear file folder that he later signed during a special session: $10

Total: $225, covered by swap meet sales  ;D
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: Unyieldingsoul on June 01, 2011, 08:20:54 PM
Spent $15 on a trinity blood dvd set + bunch on food. Didn't get a new bag cause didn't see any good ones.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: Seiyuu on June 01, 2011, 10:04:44 PM
I brought $360 this year from my pocket, $60 going to splitting hotel fees, $200 for myself and food, $100 for commissioning art for sibling.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2124/5783543321_31d3396d34.jpg)

My haul this year = "pronographic figures", as quoted by my mother.
Creamy Mami, $18. Shouko-san, $33. Shikinami Asuka Langley, $30.
Total = $81 spent on Dealers Hall/Swap Meet
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: otakuya on June 01, 2011, 11:54:13 PM
$20 x 4 for each Angry Bird plushie
$30 on the FanimeCon logo polo shirt
$15 approx on arcade
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: redroses3164 on June 02, 2011, 01:19:49 PM
I spent about $20-25 on food. Artist Alley I spent about $35 or so.

I SPENT NOTHING AT THE DEALERS ROOM. Nothing caught my eye. The only figs I want are on preorder already so any released figs there were meh to me. I am amazed at myself for not impulse buying. It was basically stuff I've already seen...

This is the least amount of money I spent at a Fanime yet. Basically all the stuff I sold at swap meet paid for my entire weekend (and then some).
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: mdarkpoet on June 04, 2011, 01:25:02 AM
I spent $140 total. I cannot remember all of the prices of the things I purchased, will list them the best I can.

Swap meet:
Azumanga Daioh posters $1
Skelanimal $5
King of Hell manga $ .50 cents
Gun X Sword DVD $3
Tare Panda keychain $1
Blood The Last Vampire wall scroll $5
Ghost In The Shell T-Shirt $5

Dealer's Hall:
Cthulhu t-shirt $20
Ryo-Ohki backpack $20
Pichu plushie $10
Ramune and other food goodies from Asian Grocer (dunno how much I spent)
Saya (Blood Plus) replica sword $40
Gun X Sword keychain $8 (ridiculous price but at the same time I've wanted that one for a LONG time)

Artist's Alley:
Commission button $2
Pikachu drinking a soda button (dunno the price)
Poland button (dunno the price)
Poland badge card (dunno the price)

Other:
McDonald's (can't remember lol)
Psycho Donuts $14 (it was totally worth it)
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: AR-99 on May 30, 2012, 10:16:56 AM
Update for 2012

Swap meet:

-FMA shitajiki/OOP Newtype postcard set: $3
-Complete set of MASK PAL DVDs: $30
-Bleach shitajiki: $5
-Ranma 1/2 OAV cel: $10

Total: $48

Dealers hall:
-Ayanami Raising Project w/Asuka poster from H.Naoto: $6.50
-Takara Transformers G1 Reissue #21 Blaster w/Steeljaw from C&C Central: $140 (finally my collection is complete!!!  :o)
-9 Eva posters (they threw in 1) and 1 Ranma poster from Nikaku Animart: $100
-Eva 2.0 folder and Asuka UFO catcher prize from Anime Palace: $38
-Portgas D. Ace shirt from Toyslogic: $22
-Tenchi Muyo shitajiki, Akira and Macross pins from Kimono My House: $15

Total: $321.50
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: kohana ichibana on May 30, 2012, 12:21:01 PM
If I could have gone to swap meet my savings would be crying right now.

From what I remember:

Gintoki Figure (Gintama) $110
Blue Exorcist Pouch $5
Taiko No Tatsujin Plushes x2 $30
The Legend of Korra phone charms (2 sets from 2 different arists) - $20
Fat Rabbit T-shirt $20? (dont remember)
Earrings - $10

$195 total.
I would have spent more but I was dumb and didn't withdraw more cash.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: AR-99 on June 05, 2013, 01:51:44 PM
Update for 2013

Swap meet
Evangelion
-Fan: $1
-1.0 curtain: $15
-6/11 Newtype: $4
-3 End of Eva Calbee chips unopened: $5
-12/97 Newtype: $10
-Rei figure: $12

Subtotal: $47

-Battle Angel chirashi: $5
-Shippuden shitajki: $4
-Gekinade Zenbu and shitajiki (both Nadesico): $16
-Nadesico Perfects artbook: $10

Subtotal: $35

Total: $82. Most I have spent so far at swap meet.

Dealers hall
Evangelion
-Asuka button from Anime Jungle: $3
-7 posters from Nikaku: $92
-4 idol cards and a complete set of 6 gashapon from Kimono My House: $37
-2 Rei figures from Toyslogic: $39.25

Subtotal: $171.25

-FMA and Nadesico shitajii from Nikaku: $17
-Ruri Hoshino figure and Plastic Little Shitajiki from Kimono My House: $15

Subtotal: $32

Total: $203.25

Grand total: $285.25

Including costs of food and gas and excluding reg for next year I came under budget. ;D
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: Lucifargundam on June 05, 2013, 02:02:46 PM
Food:$40 moreless
Alcohol:: $45 moreless
Souveniers::
doujins:: $25
game:: $30
model:: $15
wristband: $10?
pocky: $5
psycho doughnuts:$10
-----------------------------
$180 (+/-)
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: limDsage on June 05, 2013, 03:10:49 PM
Kamen Rider Meteor belt- $130
Kamen Rider Fourze astroswitch box (contains 4)- $10
Kamen Rider OOO and W (CycloneJoker)- $30
Luffy Straw Hat- $15
Gaming hall- $20
Food- $30
Lodging- $250
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Total: $485
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: Lucifargundam on June 06, 2013, 12:29:09 AM
my hotel bill came out to about $450.... moreless. so plus what i spent on other stuff, everything came out to about $650
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: PinkHairSasuke on June 07, 2013, 07:50:12 AM
Hotel- $350
Parking Pass- $50
Catherine: Love Is Over Edition- $60
Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Disk in box- $45
Vincent Brooks Rave shirt- $5
One Piece Pirate Carnival- $1
Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged Kaiba Condoms(with funny Kaiba sayings on them)- $1 each(x2)

That's all I can really remember buying. So it all comes out to about $515. Smallest amount I've spent in years I believe. I actually had money left over after  :o
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: AR-99 on June 07, 2013, 04:53:18 PM
Since people are including costs of necessities, mine are:

$37.13 - gas
$7.62 - food

Total: $44.75

Grand total for the whole con: $330. $50 pre-reg for '14, technically making that a cost for next year.

I live close enough to drive down. Saved money on food by eating only McDonald's $1 menu for dinner with large Costco muffins (which are quite filling) and bananas for lunch.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: lanislori on June 07, 2013, 06:06:23 PM
Totally wanted to purchase something that wasn't digestable, but my lack of money prevented that.
So... upwards $20.
Next year, man.

Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: djmonolith on June 08, 2013, 12:23:23 AM
oh man, i spent some money this year

artist alley:
40.00 original painting
100.00 in commissions

dealer hall:
$140.00 on anime figures (including my $100.00 Perona that i have been looking for)
$40.00 wig
$10.00 books

other
$75.00 parking for 4 days
$30.00 snacks
$80.00 lunches


Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: dfens on June 08, 2013, 04:35:45 PM
Nothing the dealers hall this year was awful, the selection and prices were outrageous most of it wasn't that rare and almost no new stuff, more importantly everything was over priced.

The only thing that caught my eye was this one figure that was out of print if still available would be 90 dollars shipped. Stupid dealer was asking 120 which was pushing it but I really wanted it and would have payed the extra 30 bucks to take it home. So I go to grab it and pay for it and the back of the box is all smashed in couldn't see that when it was on the shelf and it had a ton of customs tape that could not be removed. I asked if he would come down a little bit because of the damage and he wouldn't lower it even by a dollar. He said the item still new just the box is messed up. I don't buy damaged items I like my stuff new, unless he was going to give me a 40-50 percent discount.

So I said forget it I'll either pay a few extra bucks on Ebay or wait for the re-release and pay retail 80 dollars new for one.

I don't know what happened in previous years you could get a deal at the the con better than online, and they at least had stuff worth buying in person.

Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: Lucifargundam on June 09, 2013, 09:53:52 PM
That's all I can really remember buying. So it all comes out to about $515. Smallest amount I've spent in years I believe. I actually had money left over after  :o
I know, what's wrong with us?!
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: PinkHairSasuke on June 11, 2013, 09:50:27 AM
That's all I can really remember buying. So it all comes out to about $515. Smallest amount I've spent in years I believe. I actually had money left over after  :o
I know, what's wrong with us?!
We're becoming picky anime buyer people!?!
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: lanislori on June 11, 2013, 10:12:58 AM
Where does one acquire so much money?
People can buy hundreds of figures and not starve to death.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: PinkHairSasuke on June 11, 2013, 11:37:28 AM
Where does one acquire so much money?
People can buy hundreds of figures and not starve to death.
I save most of my money from my job so I have moolah to spend on stuff at Fanime.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: AR-99 on June 11, 2013, 03:34:27 PM
Simple, plan and save. E.g. I put aside $X from every paycheck towards my Fanime fund with a target goal of Y and don't touch it. Have an idea of what I want to buy and always keep in mind that I can either walk away or find the item (s) online. I don't need it right then and there and if the dealer refuses to move on price, their loss. Save money elsewhere during the con, especially on food and drink, by bringing as much of my own food as I can and carrying a water bottle. Spend $2 at McDonald's for meals by getting two $1 menu sandwiches and not combo meals since I stopped drinking soda anyway. Honestly none of this hard to do when one practices discipline and sets priorities.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: djmonolith on June 11, 2013, 04:43:54 PM
Where does one acquire so much money?
People can buy hundreds of figures and not starve to death.

I have a job I like that pays me well.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: limDsage on June 11, 2013, 11:35:29 PM
Where does one acquire so much money?
People can buy hundreds of figures and not starve to death.

I have a job I like that pays me well.

Likewise. And my job gives me free food.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: lanislori on June 11, 2013, 11:40:56 PM
I've yet to get accepted for a job :'D
I WILL GET A JOB, THOUGH. THEN I'LL spend all my earnings...
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: PinkHairSasuke on June 12, 2013, 08:16:06 AM
I've yet to get accepted for a job :'D
I WILL GET A JOB, THOUGH. THEN I'LL spend all my earnings...
I wish you luck in your job hunt.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: limDsage on June 12, 2013, 03:54:19 PM
You can do it!
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: djmonolith on June 12, 2013, 03:58:09 PM
I've yet to get accepted for a job :'D
I WILL GET A JOB, THOUGH. THEN I'LL spend all my earnings...

yay!  I have lots of anime figures you can buy when you get your job.  :p
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: lanislori on June 14, 2013, 12:31:54 AM
I've yet to get accepted for a job :'D
I WILL GET A JOB, THOUGH. THEN I'LL spend all my earnings...

yay!  I have lots of anime figures you can buy when you get your job.  :p

I'll be sure to take care of every single figure you own.

Thank you for the encouragement : )
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: limDsage on June 14, 2013, 03:23:07 PM
lanislori should treat everyone on this thread boba on her very first paycheck. :D jk
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: lanislori on June 14, 2013, 05:58:30 PM
When Fanime comes back around, I'll be sure to.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: AR-99 on June 17, 2013, 05:47:21 PM
I don't drink boba. :P I'd be happier knowing that you put our suggestions into practice and that they paid off. ;)
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: Lucifargundam on June 17, 2013, 05:50:08 PM
That's all I can really remember buying. So it all comes out to about $515. Smallest amount I've spent in years I believe. I actually had money left over after  :o
I know, what's wrong with us?!
We're becoming picky anime buyer people!?!
How insensitave of us! We need to share the love through our careless spending to the small-business vendors! Of coarse the occasional sharing of pocky with an awesome cosplayer...

Where does one acquire so much money?
I own people and things.
Title: Re: Money spent on items
Post by: PinkHairSasuke on June 18, 2013, 10:03:59 AM
That's all I can really remember buying. So it all comes out to about $515. Smallest amount I've spent in years I believe. I actually had money left over after  :o
I know, what's wrong with us?!
We're becoming picky anime buyer people!?!
How insensitave of us! We need to share the love through our careless spending to the small-business vendors! Of coarse the occasional sharing of pocky with an awesome cosplayer...

Who can deny sharing Pocky with awesome cosplayers? It's quite the great past time.