Some of you may have already noticed something different about our web site today: we now sell magazines online!
What we have up now is what we currently have available in our store. Some issues of KERA have sold out since our store opened, as have all issues of the Gothic & Lolita Bible and KERA Maniax. We will be carrying the new issues of these mooks when they're released (a new GLB will be out next month), and we will have them on our web site.
Two things. Yes, our prices for magazines are different online and in our store. There's a link on each magazine product page that explains this, but basically, we sell magazines at a loss. They're loss leaders. It just costs a hell of a lot to ship them from Japan; they're very heavy for their size. But they're good advertising. Thing is, it also takes a lot more effort to sell things online than in store - we need to scan the covers, create the product pages, and do the actual shipping. So we charge a few extra dollars.
But the domestic shipping charge is only $5. This is unlike most Ebay sellers and online stores that ship from Japan and charge $10 or more to ship a single issue. We're not gouging anybody. But we hope the increased volume we'll get selling via the web will enable us to order more copies each month and bring down the total cost per issue.
Unfortunately, international shipping is still going to be pretty prohibitive. We'll do it, but if you're outside the US, it really won't be any different than ordering from Japan.
Whew! Anyway. Sorry to get long-winded. We do hope that those of you who have no way to get these magazines locally will now be able to look to us as a trusted source for them. And we do sell them as single issues, no subscription required (as on some other sites). Happy ordering!