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Cds in Japan cost as much as $30.00 - quite expensive, and Japanese dvds are no better costing at least $40.00-$50.00.
There are a several shops in koreatown that also sell dvds and music; however, I don't think their selection, nor their prices are as good as Music Plaza. I own minimum of 300 hong kong dvds bought in L.A./San Fransisco/Hong Kong/Taiwan, 100+ korean dvds bought mostly at Music Plaza, Yesasia, Korea, and Hong Kong (no price deals on Korean dvds in Hong Kong), and about 50 Japanese films bought mostly from Japan, Yesasia, and Five Star Laser in San Gabriel. And anime bought from local stores and ebay. Used to buy lots of dvds from Pokerindustries.com, but Yesasia suits my needs better. You can sometimes find better prices on Blue Laser.com. Only mention this, just to let you know I've done a bit of shopping.....and have scoured a good part of L.A. looking for good deals on dvds and music-that aren't boots. For inexpensive alternatives to korean and japanese films,you can try looking for the hong kong releases of these films. Companys in Hong Kong buy the dvd rights to the films, press the dvds, then sell them for 1/2 or 1/3 of the price. All legal. The quality is typically just as good (of course you don't get the cool packaging)and some may be all region. (Korean and Japanese films are region coded.) You can typically find these hong kong versions in chinese dvd stores like Five Star Laser.
What's really cool, is so much attention is being paid to korean dramas, that legit (well, legit according to Taiwanese or Hong Kong copyright laws) copies of the dramas are beginning to show up in Chinese dvd shops, no english subs, but chinese subs if you can read. Same with Japanese dramas.



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oh i'm sorry if i confused you but it is indeed the store that u mean it's on bundy and it does turn into centenial but on their website listing its says: 'Santa Monica Store' and it is very close to the city, which is why i assumed it was still in santa monica. i didn't know it turned into mar vista sorry!

ccwf since you've shopped there, can u explain why the cds are so cheap there? are they used? i bought some last week and by looking at the booklets they seems alittle worn, but the cds were still in wrapping... infact i got shogo hamada's J.boy which is quite old i belive, but it was still warpped up! .. so are these cds used or stioll bran spanking new? and why the price cut?

oh yeah has anyone ever stopped by the mall on the 60 freeway near the puente hills mall? i think its near city of industry.. mymemory eludes me ,but i remeber the name ABC PLAZA, and LIFE plaza as the names. i bought some cds there a feew days ago, its not a bad place... alittle small, but good!.. i'll try to look for it online see if i can find it =)

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ccwf since you've shopped there, can u explain why the cds are so cheap there?

Sorry, I only shop for groceries and books in the “Santa Monica” store (yes, they do indeed advertise it as such, even though it's to the south).

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Well, at Kinokuniya, they had a Miki Imai CD, and that was from 1995. Its been almost ten years, and it was brand-spanking new with the packaging. Just cause something's old and still wrapped doesn't mean its used. Now, if it was old and worn out a bit, then that's another story..
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Companys in Hong Kong buy the dvd rights to the films, press the dvds, then sell them for 1/2 or 1/3 of the price. All legal. The quality is typically just as good (of course you don't get the cool packaging)and some may be all region. (Korean and Japanese films are region coded.)



I think this is happening on some of the OST CD's; I have noticed most of the expensive OST's come w/elaborate packaging w/pics, sometimes little gifts, etc., and may include lyrics, w/some English info as to production names, etc. However, on some OST's which are now being re-printed (formerly known as 'out of print') the booklets are not as 'polished' and the fabulous cast pics may not be included. I am not complaining because it is just a sign of the times. But since Tangpriest noted that about the DVD's it made me think about some of my CD's. Price break vs. polished? I guess price break wins.

Note: There are exceptions: I recently recd a Masashi CD directly from Japan and although his works are almost nonexistent and impossible to order, the CD I recd was of excellent quality w/superior booklet. But it was not cheap!

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I think that it is a matter of whether the CD or DVD is new or "used", per se. If it is new, not depending on how old it is (the production company always keeps a few hundred of their productions if ever in need of money on a rainy day - that explains why all the old CDs and DVDs are sold new for a very expensive price. But in the case of a used DVD, they are in pretty good condition yet worn out and cheaper.
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Just remembered that this weekend while I was at Music Plaza, I noticed they were selling used cds and they had a few korean releases of Japanese cds. The korean releases are usually half the price. Not too familiar with Japanese artists, so can't remember what the selection was like...but it might be a good place to check out.

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Thanks for the info, Hiroshi; I guess my CD came from the 'stash' you describe. Tangpriest, sounds like a good place to check for some of those rare Masashi (and others) CD's. It was totally amazing to me that I did get that one from Japan. Though it took forever, it was more than worth the wait.

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 Tangpriest - , since you have such an extensive collection of DVD's, do you have any special way of storing them, so what you may look for is readily available? Do you alphabetize by title, subject, or what? I am trying to organize my music but totally lacking in this area. Any tips would be appreciated. emoticon

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... since you have such an extensive collection of DVD's, do you have any special way of storing them, so what you may look for is readily available? Do you alphabetize by title, subject, or what? I am trying to organize my music but totally lacking in this area. Any tips would be appreciated.



Depending on the size of your collection, you might want to try using a master list with color coding stick-ons.

The first step (and most trying) is to decide how you want to categorize your collection, whether into basic divisions by type of media (DVD, OST, etc.), or by Chinese, Korean, Japanese, American, etc., or some other system you might think of.

If the main category is by media, you might have “OST” with sub-divisions of Chinese, Korean–or by composer, artist, movie or drama title, etc.

If your main category is by ethnicity, you would have “Chinese” with sub-divisions of OSTs, CDs, DVDs, etc.

Next, buy the appropriate sized little, round stick-on labels (range in size from about 1/4" to 1" diameter) in the colors you like and color code by your main categories (main category and all its subgroups should be the same color). Put the label on the spine of the media containers–or the side that will be visible as it sits on the shelf of your file system.

You can also expand the use of the color coding. You can write on the label an indicator of the subgroup, such as an “O” for OSTs, or put a couple labels on the spine and make the bottom color label an indicator of a lower subgroup, such as “M” for Morricone (if you are alphabetizing).

An invaluable tool with color coding is a master list. Whipping out that list will enable you to find any item in a flash (if you’re careful to return the item to its proper place in your file, that is.) Take the time to create an Excel spreadsheet that matches your basic filing plan. Each time you make an additional purchase, enter the new media item onto your Master List under its specific subgroup.

If you do not want to alphabetize, you can also assign each item a number and write it on the color code stick-on. Your Master List will remain alphabetized by your group/subgroup layout, but also will show the item-specific number, enabling instant locating on your shelf. If you use a numbering system, then a Master List is imperative.

Sounds kind of involved, I know–but it really isn’t. The biggest challenge is initially deciding and laying out in your mind exactly how to categorize and divide up your system. Once you’ve done that, the next effort will be in creating your Master List. However you set it up, make sure you can “sort” it alphabetically or numerically and have set it up with that function. Once you create your Master List, everything else is a piece of cake. And taking the time to update your list each time you acquire something new for your library will be well worth the effort, believe me! (It's also much easier to peruse a list by category to see what you'd like to listen to than standing there pulling out OSTs or CDs one-by-one until you find something you like.)


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nchristi - , now I get it, thanks to you. What super info. Earlier I purchased some (what I thought were very 'cute' metal CD/DVD holders in green, only to find out that a friend said I should not use them. Apparently they are very unsafe because they contain small round magnets which grip on the sides to keep them all stuck together. Apparently, magnets should not be used anywhere near CDs/DVDs. Also, I later heard that it is not good to store these things where even indirect light can get at them; over a period of time, the light generates little tiny holes and lifts off the coating. Also, they should never be stored flat, but rather on it's side. Your idea to put the dots on the spine - perfect! So a closed cabinet, along w/your suggestions for organizing, has me on a new venture.

nchristi - if I take your instructions one step at a time, I should (emoticon) be able to devise an orderly system. At one time, I did try to log these things in soon as purchased but later ended up just throwing receipts in a drawer. (What does that say?)

Genuinely appreciate your assistance. (You must be the most organized person since Martha Stewart!)
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