Without the occasional serious discussion or debate, web communities get boring, stale, and dead. Typical thread OP: "OH man, I love this thing so much." Everyone else: "haha yeah me too man." gets SO fucking boring every once in a while. Just because you don't care enough on this topic to contribute well doesn't mean you have to make fun of the people who are honestly expressing themselves and derail this thread, okay bud? Everyone else who's posting shitty troll comments, just please hide the thread or something. I've reported all of your posts.
>Anyway, for my stances
There are two reasons as I see it why a person may buy a product representing an anime/game/whatever character or why they'd buy a game. I think that Shinden9 and I see eye to eye on this topic, so let me say what I think he's trying to get across... feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, or anyone else try to show what flaws or errors I'm making in my reasoning.
First: someone may just really want whatever the good is. I call this "appreciation of the good." I mean, we all have figs, and most of us probably buy them because they look nice or are fun to play with or whatever, right? " This is the same reason why some dumbfucks will go buy Naruto dubbed on DVD or whatever too, because they just wanna get their 'mes and don't know any other way to get them. When people do this, they're following through on their appreciation of the good.
The second reason why people buy merchandise: they want to support the creator, studio, or whatever else if it's an official good. I call this "appreciation of the creator." When someone goes online and purchases an official fig or a licensed show or whatever, with the knowledge that cheaper or free illegal material is available, in a conscious effort to support original artists, I would say that they're following through with their appreciation of the creator.
If you have the money and you want to buy legal or official junk, you do so because you appreciate the creator (as well as just getting the goods too, to be sure). When you spend your money, you're either doing so in a way that says you're using it to more support an original creator OR to just get your crap. Bootleg stuff or pirated shows, as they tend to be cheaper, are obtained by people who want a good; and legitimate goods seem to be purchased (when the choice is presented) by a person who wants to support the artist or creator.
Now, with this kind of decision presented, we can see that people who buy dubbed shows aren't far from the camp of people who buy bootlegged figs or just pirate media. "WHAT! How can you say that, Robert?! I buy my anime here in America because I want to support the creators!" Well, I really honestly don't think you believe that... or if you are, you're a fucking moron. In this day and age, anyone can buy the original work and download fan subs (yes, it is easy. anyone can do this) to watch their anime in a format that's comprehensible to them WHILE supporting the original creators. When you buy licensed and localized shows because they're cheaper for you, you're basically saying with your money, "It's fine if the anime studio doesn't get all of my money (Or almost none, studios don't pay high royalties). It's more important to me that I get my show!" If you're making this compromise so that you can save a few bucks, you're really not any better than the people who buy bootlegged figs or just flat-out download shows, in a moral sense. You're just a greedy guy who wants to feel good about himself.