Originally Posted by Suwako Moriya
Perhaps, but I think even if cost and availability were the same, I'd still be hesitant to have an attitude of read and recycle. Although even if I ignore shipping costs, it's hard to say how much cheaper it really is. [...]
Well here too, you have to remember that it's not just the tanks, but also the magazines the franchises run in from week to week (month to month, etc.). Not everyone who buys the magazines will buy the tanks, and vice-versa, and your attitude about "read/recycle" may depend on the situation. I suppose in this case you could make the argument that at least they're buying something, but I can't imagine the margins are all that high on some of these magazines; I think they're mostly advertisements for the tanks and other media, sort of like the TV broadcasts. But again, because we don't really have (many) manga magazines, we only think of buying the tanks as the thing that manga fans do. The different perspective is rather interesting.