Anime Boston 2019: The Dealer’s Room, AKA “Sam’s Secret Shame”

Hi there, readers. My name’s Samantha, and I’m a shopper.

Specifically, I’m a shopper at anime cons. In general, I tend to be a fairly frugal shopper. I buy groceries at Aldi and Price Rite, purchase clothes at places like TJ Maxx and Marshalls, and generally try to keep as much saved for a rainy day as possible. Once I set foot into a Dealer’s Room, though, that restraint goes out the window.

Okay, I’m exaggerating a bit, here. I don’t try to waste cash – I budget my spending and try to shop within my means, with the hope that I’ll have more than enough for a large Dunkin’ coffee by the end of the weekend.

And, each year, this hope rings hollow, as I end up making attempts to fill in my collection with Blu-Rays, DVDs, and toys that I missed out on over the course of the past few years. And, in the case of last year, one massive Blu-Ray set that would become an odd centerpiece in my living room.

This year, as a result, seems relatively tame in comparison. Though the list is long, the overall cost was fairly low, and I managed to leave Boston with some cash (and my dignity!) intact.

My final take-home, pictured below, is as follows:

  • K-ON! Premium Boxed Set ($140)
  • Squid Girl Premium Boxed Set ($50)
  • Niea_7 Blu-Ray Set ($25)
  • The Morose Mononokean Season 1 Blu-Ray Set ($25)
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Blu-Ray Set ($45)
  • Ultimate Otaku Teacher Blu-Ray Set ($55)
  • Case Closed DVD Seasons 1 – 4 ($20 Each)
  • Patlabor Complete Collection ($90)
  • Karate Master Complete Collection ($35)
  • Voltron: Fleet of Doom DVD (Free with purchase of Patlabor)
  • $20 Donation to the Human Rights Campaign

Total: $565

Anime Boston 2019 - Sam's Secret Shame - photo of her purchases at Anime Boston

About the author

Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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