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Location Guide: Places to buy anime figures and merchandise in Singapore

Location compilation of anime merchandise stores in Singapore

Where is the best location in Singapore buy anime figurines? Do a quick Google search about anime merchandise Singapore and you will find that many people are asking for information about the best places to shop in Singapore.

Most of these stores are located around central areas such as Dhoby Ghaut, Suntec or Chinatown. Presumably, this would help to encourage shoppers to conveniently come down to the shop or pick up their pre-orders.

The retail landscape in Singapore is extremely dynamic and competitive. Retail stores are losing much of their attractiveness to visit due to the competition of e-commerce.

“Why bother going down to a physical shop location when I can simply buy online and get them delivered to my house at a lower cost?”

After all, Singaporeans are very sensitive to prices – if I can get things at a cheaper price, then I will go for it. As a result, these retail shops change location or close down in a matter of months. Compilation lists such as this become obsolete fast because shops come and go over a short period of time.

I would like to dedicate this post to all local retailers who keep their heads high. These local retailers help to keep the collectors’ dream alive. It is definitely not easy to run a retail business in Singapore because of the expensive rent, overhead and manpower costs.

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Going Japan? Top 5 Places to visit for Anime Figures in Akihabara, Tokyo

Akihabara – is it the dream of every Figure Collector to be in the home and world of anime series?

Akihabara, Tokyo

Worked hard and saved up some moolah for a week’s trip to Japan? Are you thinking to yourself – “I must visit all the anime stores and buy some collectables back”? I have this thought 6 months into my full-time work and told myself it is a good time to take a break. People know Akihabara as the electric town as it sells a lot of electronic goods. Over time, it became the place to go to for pop-culture and anime-culture consumer goods.

I went to Tokyo from 22nd March 2019 and 6th April 2019. It was a total period of 14 days, excluding flight time that has transferred in Bangkok, Thailand. Tokyo was just one of the places I went – I did travel out to the nature areas and popular tourist places too.

I will share with you the top 5 places to visit to purchase your favourite character and anime merchandise in Akihabara. For reading ease, I will be splitting my list up. Finding these places can be difficult but do not worry as they are all listed on Google Maps. Do Google the names and save/bookmark the places to your favourites!

  1. Animate
  2. Surugaya
  3. Mandrake
  4. Sofmap
  5. Akiba Culture Zone
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How do you tell the difference between authentic and fake/bootleg anime figures?

Fake anime figures are the poison of the anime world!

Firstly, fake anime figures are the ones destroying the market prices. Secondly, these fakes discourage the authentic hard work put in by their makers. Third, this practice discredits the source of the character. It is humiliating to the creators because it rips off years of hard work.

All in all, this is discrediting the whole line of manga artists, anime producers, visual artists, figurine makers, graphic designers when people support unoriginal work. As a consumer, do not get cheated by this unfaithful replications!

Moreover, some people do not have reservations about owning fake anime figurines because they claim that the figurines look essentially the same. For something that looks the same and cost much lesser, it is fair enough to go for the fake or bootleg figurine. So, why would you buy the more expensive one?

Bootleg Nendoroid, fake tracer, overwatch
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Top 5 Tips on buying Anime Figures, Figurines, Merchandise on Carousell

As promised, here is a detailed list of tips before you buy anything on Carousell. This should help you when buying expensive anime figurines on Carousell.

Read up about my overall experience on Carousell here. As much as you would want to buy on impulse, please do go through this checklist mentally and exercise these necessary due diligence!

Here is a summary:

  1. Do your research
  2. Check the reviews and authenticity of the seller
  3. Ask for Photos
  4. Find out how to deal
  5. Double check the product before proceeding with payment
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