Two things, kiukiuclk:
Unfortunately, the price argument kinda falls apart unless you like the majority of the series. If they divided the price by 10 and let people pay by series I think it would work alot better.
The price here is already pretty ridiculously low. $25.99 for 48 issues means you're paying just over $0.54 per issue. You want to pay less
than that? Seriously? I'm almost surprised they can even cover costs at that price.
Even if you only like one series, reading it through the weekly magazine is the equivalent of paying $5.40 per digital volume, which Viz normally charges $4.99 for. So you pay 41 cents extra to get them simultaneous with the Japanese release, if you're just after the one series.
Not to mention that some of the Yu-Gi-Oh! promos they give just for being subscribed can be sold for prices in the $100 range, and the cheapest ones typically go for at least $20 if you get rid of them before they're reprinted outside of Jump (which usually takes upwards of a year). The subscription pays for itself and then some.
Actually, it's just the japanese public who don't go to the right stores.
What is a "right" store in this context? A store that sells issues early? No, if they went to those stores, Shueisha would be able to pinpoint the infringing stores more easily.
edited 2nd Aug '13 5:12:29 PM by burnpsy