Lately you have all been ridiculously generous when it comes to prize contributions. I’ve had fans come up with literal suitcases full of prizes to add to my own prize suitcase, and I think that’s incredible.
Today I’d like to talk about what sort of prize support is best, because lately I’ve gotten a few things that I don’t think I’ll be able to use.
First and foremost, make sure to give me fair warning if you’re going to give me prizes at a convention. I have packing down to a science, so my large suitcase (which contains my tripods and prizes) almost always hits exactly 50 pounds. It gets lighter over the weekend as I give away stuff, but if you’re contributing a large amount I’ll have to figure out how to get it all home on the plane without paying an overweight bag fee. If you let me know ahead of time, I can plan accordingly.
Keeping weight in mind, certain things are much heavier than others. I really can’t take large quantities of books or manga because they’re too heavy. If you’re planning a manga donation, consider worthy groups like the Carolina Manga Library, who are popping up more frequently at anime conventions these days.
I’m fine with accepting “gently used” merchandise. If it’s something that you personally would be happy to get as a prize, it’s likely something someone else would as well.
Box sets are fantastic prizes. Collections of individual discs, however, take up a lot more space in the suitcase. I recently had to unload about sixty individual discs to free up space in the prize closet. Sets like Ghost in the Shell Arise (only two volumes) are perfectly fine…it’s the ones that are 8 individual discs or more that are problematic.
Finally, and this should go without saying, I can’t accept bootleg items as prizes. I recently received a DVD set that was pretty obviously bootleg. With so many industry folks involved in my guest games, I would hate to give away something that actually steals from said industry.
Your generosity will always be appreciated. I’ve been able to successfully offer nice prizes for around 100 game shows a year thanks to your kindness. Thanks for being some of the best fans ever!