Now Selling At The Low Low Price Of Over $196!

July 27, 2009 at 6:03 am 9 comments

Cover of Kino no Tabi light novel

So, you heard about one of the most popular light novels ever to be brought over to the West and you go onto to put in an order for it. Sure they only brought the first one, and then had licensing issues, but you don’t care, you’re a true light novel fan, so you’ll buy it anyway cause its just that good apparently (and honestly, its even better, haha).

But oops, you just found out that the novel in this scenario, “Kino no Tabi” by Keiichi Sigsawa, is out of print. You’ll have to buy it from users, and not amazon directly. But hey, no big deal, right?  I’m sure there’s a reasonably priced….

This the point where your mouth is going to drop wide open and gape at the price tag’s being offered by users on Amazon for this admittedly amazing piece of literature.

Want a new copy of it? Then fork over $196.00 for your copy! I’m willing, *cough*I Lie*cough*, are you? And oh goody, the seller has a 97% positive rating……..wait……what about the 3% negative? *gulp*

Well….maybe there’s a cheaper book, right? Oh good, you look and see there is, there’s two copies selling for $106.00, but unfortunately, the positive rating is around 94%. Ouch.

But you shrug, ‘I don’t need a quote unquote new copy, I’ll order a used one for a cheaper more affordable price in these economically struggling times.

So you click on the USED sellers, and low and behold…….they are also selling it USED for $106.00……..see a problem here?

Admittedly, some sellers are selling it for $83, $69, $39, and at the lowest, $18. But overall, the prices are high, high enough to gouge your eyes out, and your pocket book too if you’re not carefull!

This is the only out of print light novel that I have seen have such extraordinary prices. Of course, it does make sense, considering that it was probably the most well recieved and overall enjoyed Japanese light novel to be brought over.

I guess this post really wasn’t to prove a point, as much as it was to ask a question.

Would YOU pay $196.00 for this novel NEW? Would you pay $106.00 for it USED? Would you pay, if not for this novel, another light novel?

Leave your comments below and thanks for reading.


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  • 1. 21stcenturydigitalboy  |  July 27, 2009 at 8:31 am

    I should probably sell mine while it’s still worth so much! Kino no Tabi is good and all, but I’d be hard-pressed to call it ‘amazing’. It doesn’t stand up to re-reads – so much of it is dependent on the surprising twists in the story, and while you can still appreciate the interesting underlying messages, the stories really loose their flare when you’ve seen them enough times. I’ve seen the anime twice and read the first book twice and by my second read-through I was just pretty tired of the stories. Knowing that the series will never be continued in the US certainly doesn’t boost my desire to own the first volume. It’s not like I’m aching to get rid of it, but it’s in no way worth more than, say, 50 bucks, much less 100.

  • 2. NariKiri  |  July 28, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Keep it up now! Next is some random stuff poped into you head when you read….. well, you know what you read :p

  • 3. NariKiri  |  July 28, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Keep it up now! Next up is some random stuff poped into you head when you read….. will, you know what you read :p

  • 4.  |  July 30, 2009 at 7:39 am


    I just double checked amazon, and noticed that though you pay $196 for it used from Booksbylab, you…


  • 5. kafkafuura  |  August 13, 2009 at 6:28 am

    I’d like to get my hands on it – but at this rate it’s more “cost-effective” to just order the whole series in Japanese at the added cost of reading slowly.

  • 6. Asperger's Anime Blogger  |  August 23, 2009 at 3:59 am

    I’ve seen copies of the out of print Welcome to the NHK selling for up to $300 US on Amazon, I got my copy new at Borders a few weeks ago at a store that for some reason still had a 2007 edition print on the shelf. Bookstores have this strange, time-travel sort of feel to them, no? Books from the past that strangely migrate to the future?

    Anyway, I was finding it really hard to find a copy of NHK cheaper than even $50 American used (plus shipping) but your quality of condition may vary. Me, I paid $20 Australian for my NEW copy at Borders, I felt like I was ripping them off but I said nothing…

  • […] novels and Japanese literature are a very niche market in the west, as ranobecafe explains. Tokyopop light novels are often overpriced even in the used market if a light novel is delayed, reca… This is a major problem especially with out of print light novels like Welcome to the NHK which I […]

  • 8. Saoirse Redgrave  |  September 4, 2009 at 12:19 am

    An interesting case of supply and demand!

    I must admit that I have one book that was purchased for approximately $200 (a rare antique book of historical pirates). But it was a gift (and invaluable for research). One can only hope this light novel you’re interested in can eventually get contracting and licensing issues resolved and show up stateside in an affordable version. 🙂

    Ah, contracts and rights–what fun!

  • 9. Rajikai  |  September 9, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    >< Eh… dude, I see the price for this now being around 18 dollars in barnes & noble. Nice thing to now.. But they are used though…


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