Ok, So What Is An OBI? Known also as a ‘spinecard’ to video game enthusiasts, but commonly referred to as an OBI (or OBI strip) by CD and vinyl collectors, the OBI has for over 30 years been one of the most recognizable unique features of CDs, records, DVDs, video games, and similar products manufactured… Continue reading What is an OBI? A detailed history of the obi strip (spinecard).
Looking for rare Japanese items?Forget eBay. Yahoo Japan is the promised land. The following tutorial will show you how you can browse, bid, and buy items available on Yahoo Japan auctions- in English, and ship the items you win, to your home, anywhere on the planet.For many years, Yahoo Japan auctions have been the most… Continue reading Yahoo Japan in English — Japanese Auctions
Interested in a quick & easy way to find a daily-updated list of all upcoming new Japanese CD & Vinyl releases? Read on. The quick tutorial below will help you find virtually every Japanese CD & Vinyl new release scheduled for release in the coming days, weeks, and months, and provide you with an easy… Continue reading List Of All New Japanese CD & Vinyl Releases
Why are Japanese CDs so expensive? Think of that cool Japanese CD you recently picked up online.You could have picked it up for an estimated 60-80% less.In fact, if you look at nearly every Japanese CD you have in your home that you purchased on eBay, Amazon.com, Discogs, or other re-seller sites, you could have… Continue reading Why are Japanese CDs so expensive?
Are they worth the hype (and the nose-bleed prices)? By now, everyone has seen it: a CD you can pick up at your local pawnshop for a couple of dollars, fetching several hundred dollars on eBay.The only difference (at least, at first glance) between the CD on eBay and the one in that pawnshop- is… Continue reading JAPAN 1ST PRESS CDs – Are they worth the hype (and the nose-bleed prices
1. Not all Japanese CDs are issued with an obi Despite the obvious benefits that are often part of Japanese issued CDs (bonus tracks, more content in booklets, superior quality of the pressing, stickers, additional booklets, posters, and other goodies), it’s the coveted OBI strip that often creates most demand for a used copy of… Continue reading Japanese CDs: 10 things to know (+2)