AKBnomics: AKB48 CDs “Selling At Less Than 1 Yen Each”

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The bizarre otaku-driven economics of Japan’s best-selling “music” group AKB48 are again turning heads, with a vast torrent of unwanted CDs flooding the second-hand market at landfill prices even as the voting tickets they accompanied command top-dollar.

Sayonara Crawl sold 1.763 million copies in its first week, but just to how many buyers is not known – though the indications are that it was far fewer than 1.7 million, and that they were not much interested in the group’s amazing musical talent.

For those not simply dumping their unwanted CDs in the trash, so many CDs are being dumped on the second-hand market that prices have collapsed to absurdly low levels, with reports of discs going unsold at 1 yen each and successful auctions of 65 copies for 1 yen (or “0.015385 yen per disc”).


Yahoo! Auctions is indeed still flooded with offers of CDs (minus “specials”) at rock bottom prices, as well as many more significantly more expensive offers of the “specials” in ready-to-use condition minus the worthless CDs.

Even Amazon Marketplace sees prices bottoming out at 47 yen per CD (stripped of extras) – far less than the cost of shipping them anywhere but the local tip:


Intact new discs still command 1,298 yen prices on Amazon.

A secondary job market also seems to be springing up around the menial labour of processing the vast numbers of voting tickets – one ad for data entry work posted on 2ch offers “5 yen per voting ticket serial number entered,” and apparently enjoyed a deluge of applicants:


The non-AKB buying majority looks to be taking a dim view of their brilliant marketing shenanigans, typically condemned as “wasteful” and “wilfully distorting Japan’s music charts.”

Many wonder why they still refuse to just sell the votes directly online – although as this would not only rob them of their free use of Japan’s music charts as a promotional tool and might also reveal some uncomfortable truths about the actual extent of their popularity, it seems an unlikely eventuality.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    18:24 01/06/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Those poor young girls are just AKBitches to Akimoto. Not only do most of them lack any talent at all, they get paid jackshit for all that hardwork they went through while Akimoto, the recording company and presumably the Yakuza rake in so much more.

    Bet those bitches would get much more just by working at the assembly line in a factory somewhere, via overtime and allowances. Then again, their own fault for putting so much big deal over being glamour and popular. 15 minutes of fame ain't worth wasting your youth for, bitches.

    Then again, YOU ASKED FOR IT.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:34 02/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    65 Copies for a penny
    DAMN I should buy a buck worth of CD's mail them to another country and sell them for a dime each
    Profit and trolling lol

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    Comment by Myballz
    00:00 03/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    They become idols in music and TV, when they get older they very much don't make much money and they very much don't get any respect from there own fans.

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    Comment by Dia
    19:51 01/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's probably not about money.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:10 01/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Reminds me of the Mickey Mouse show.

    The Mouseketeers~~~~~

    Britney Spears was one.

    SAD.... triti

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    Comment by Hayate
    23:21 01/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    actually, for non fans people with lots money, this can be considered as a business starter.

    you, these massive piles of CD happens because they buy it only for the tickets, then having trouble disposing them

    so buy loads of them, lets say 1 million yen's worth. then instead of selling the CD, sell the tickets for 1.2 to 1.5 times the price of one CD, and all those fans who dont want to buy that many CD but want to get the ticket will definitely buy it

    last step :profit

    oh and u can just microwave the CD later for an amusement

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:41 03/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    you make no sense, the only way you profit is if you also offer to enter the codes for them charging maybe 5-10yen a code entered.

    these are not batteries, oil or products that requires proper disposal. if they don't want them, they can just put in garbage bags and into the dump.

    Comment by Anonymous

    They are required to have sex with top paying customers, yakuza and politicians.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:21 02/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    names and source?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:16 02/06/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    Comment by Anonymous
    09:51 02/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Which source in reality?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:34 03/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is it that hard to google "AKB 枕營業"?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:40 02/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Reality sucks...went to 2D and never looked back

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:22 02/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Best argument I've seen in like ever.

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    Comment by Accelerator
    18:14 01/06/2013 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    getting closer to It's true value: Worthless.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:39 01/06/2013 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Japan seems to be ahead of everything, even calculating the accurate value of modern day pop music.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:49 01/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah, i bet Warren Buffett would be proud

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:09 02/06/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The crystal cases they were in were worth something. Somehow having an akb48 cd inside of them made them depreciated there value. Thus making the cds less than worthless.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:40 01/06/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Worthless music for worthless people = worthless CDs for worthless prices. Calculation correct.

    Comment by Anonymous

    the only thing worthless is your worthless life.

    calculation win. :D

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    Comment by HouseLife
    20:27 01/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know what's kind of strange, thinking objectively, they probably aren't even that bad. The group may be assembled, but it's not necessarily any different than NSync and the like. It's still music being written for people to somewhat enjoy, just as usual, ridiculous fans are the ones who ruin it for everyone, not the group themselves.

    I look forward to the day when "High School Syndrome - The act of masses hating a given trend or entity for the mere fact that others love it to degrees that violate the social standard" gets entered into the codex of bullshit to which stupid people subscribe to unknowingly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:39 04/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most show business is like this. Except people end up getting Grammys and Oscars and now even Cannes is pushing cr@p. Then there are idiots who go into the whole sports league thing - idiots who buy soccer t-shirts of teams from distant lands.

    People who pick AKB48 out and point fingers are mere idiots for other types of rubbish. But at least these girls look pretty, have good voices and the music is no worse than Grammy stuff.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:10 01/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The thruth is in the add above comments


    Comment by Anonymous
    18:16 01/06/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    1 Yen ??

    Shut UP !! And take my money

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:44 01/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I won't pay for a box of junk, we make one ourselves every week at work.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:24 01/06/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Your loss, the amount you get at recycling centres per CD with case is worth more than 1 Yen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:21 02/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    A CD costs 10 cents to make. Unless you're buying them by the ton, there's no money to be made.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:58 02/06/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    They should be ashamed for all this landfill these idiots are creating. Release their albums on digital download only and include printable codes for these events already! Wasteful assholes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:23 02/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    digital music is adulterated. records are better

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:38 02/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I's not like it would make any difference in terms os musical quality.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:26 02/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    >vinyl is better

    Actually it's shit, which only faggots pretending to be audiophiles cling to.

    Bluray DTS HDMA master race.

    No inaccurate needles to replace, no analog cables needing triple shielding, no warped discs, no limitations of channel support.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Fuck you, poorfag. I don't see you working this brilliant scam for millions of dollars.

    Besides, the whole point is that the MUSIC CHARTS TRACK CD SALES, not digital downloads by tree-hugging faggots like you. And the MUSIC CHARTS are what get free airplay and advertising, to convince normal people that this is actually a legitimate band and not just a stable of underage whores. It's FUCKING BRILLIANT.

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    Comment by Godot
    22:49 01/06/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I would probably buy a lot of them.
    I have a need to replace a lot of jewel cases and >1 yen is more than a bargain. Don't care whats inside though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:34 01/06/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    they realized that 1 disc is more than enough

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:18 02/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    my "they" did not realize that "your" they refers to my "them". but "your" "you" refers to my "kokoro" which gives NOT MONEY. IT GIVES NOT BLOOD.


    Comment by Anonymous
    13:05 02/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    And what's coming next? "Akimoto does The Spice Girls up brown"?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:23 02/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    money is power.
    if some creepy idol otaku has the money to buy 5000 copies than dump them for 1yen each? more power to them.

    I'm sure you (and I) all do things that is not approved by everyone and is viewed as waste of time by some. Example, Anime.

    Although to our eyes, they have been brainwashed beyond hope, if this is what helps keeping the Japanese economy flowing, there is nothing more to say.

    It certainly is better than most of us freeloaders that tries to justifices pirating and don't contribute a single bit to the entertainment being delivered to them.

    those are the type the industry don't give a single bit about, that's why akb48 continues to dominate everywhere, because fool's money is paying for it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:52 02/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    "It certainly is better than most of us freeloaders that tries to justifices pirating and don't contribute a single bit to the entertainment being delivered to them."

    If you hold such negative views about yourself, you should probably change something.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:29 02/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    change what?
    putting icing on rotten tomatoes? doesn't work that way.
    I do buy things, bd, figures, scrolls, spend ~$2k a yr

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:04 02/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    If this doesn't prove that there music sucks I don't know what will.

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    Comment by Dummy00001
    02:52 02/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nope. Every creepy AKB48 fan story, with the shots of the piles of the CDs - still reminds of the AOL.

    (There was a downhill path through patch of forest, separating office district (where I worked) from the shipping district (where we had lunch). When AOL has started closing its European subsidiaries, somebody dumped countless disks on the path. After couple of rains the paper sleeves melted, exposing the disks. Disk were shattered by passers, making the path glitter. Since then, the road was known as a "mirror path" or "AOL path.")

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:40 02/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)


    how to make a shuriken out of a cd

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    Comment by cpc65
    03:23 02/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey, nobody is putting a gun to anyone's head to force them to but this shi-*click*-I mean, I'll take 500 please!

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    Comment by cpc65
    03:25 02/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey, nobody is putting a gun to anybody's head to force them to buy this shi-*CLICK*-I mean, I'll buy 500, please!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:46 02/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nice to see AKB's popularity continues even here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:20 05/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's disgusting. I can't picture my dad stanning a teenage girl or my mom going nuts over 1D.
    It's just so wrong...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:22 05/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ugh. Wrong post. >.<

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:05 02/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yay! I can make lots of CD shurikens now! With bonus of cute japanese girls on them!
    [I love doing shurikens out of old CDs. Then I go to the forest and throw them at the trees.]

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:20 03/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    +15 dollars shipping....no thanks

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:28 03/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not about money, it's about sending a message

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:21 02/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Interesting. It's not like if people buy the CDs for the music anyway, they do it to support the groups or for the bonuses, so no surprise that the second hand market collapses.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:32 02/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    "It's not like if people buy the CDs for the music anyway, they do it to support the groups"

    What?! Bands make nearly NOTHING from album sales. The average band only makes 50 cents from each CD sold. Fifty f**king cents. And yes, that figure IS accurate.

    Your CD sale only pads the pockets of corporate executives. You want to support the band? Buy a tshirt or watch them live. Stupid kids.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:43 04/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    T-shirt with trademarked logo also yields most fees to same execs. If you want to support the artist, cash in envelope is the way.

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