Is DLsite legitimate? Does anyone else use it?
I only ask because I tried to buy a game from there, and while setting up my credit card info they tried to charge me a penny and my bank shut down the transaction.
In my experience charging a penny is something someone trying to commit credit card fraud does to test the card.
That's reassuring. But I am still curious if anyone else has an experience with them and if they had any problems.
Yeah, that's why I trusted it too -- because the blogs of creators linked straight to it.
Just seems like a really sketchy business practice to try and make a charge that isnt properly disclosed, even if it's only a penny. ¯
My bank definitely blocked the charge. Charging a penny, especially in a foreign country, is a very common fraud tactic. I had them unblock it today and make a note that charges might happen in Japan. But I didnt want to go back again if I didnt have outside opinions. So thanks for the input.
It's legit, the main problem is that their catalog is fucking awful. They also sometimes use various forms of DRM, though it's much more common on the Japanese side. Though all the DRM can be bypassed fairly easily, you just need the right programs.
If you have a working credit card I highly recommend using the Japanese version of DLsite instead, you'll learn to navigate the site quick enough with some Google translate and their catalog is MASSIVE in comparison.
http://www.dlsite.com/maniax/ for doujins
http://www.dlsite.com/books/ for h-manga
>In my experience charging a penny is something someone trying to commit credit card fraud does to test the card.
In my experience, you're also retarded. They make the hold to see if it goes through, but they don't charge you the penny. Do you call gas stations scams too when they place a hold for more funds than what you pay for gas?
But if you're really such a moronic faggot, here's what you can do:
1. create an account
2. get a paypal account
3. Buy a paypal cash card or get a prepaid gift card
4. Fill up your paypal with cash
5. go to the worksafe version of DLSite and buy DLsite points using paypal.
6. Use the points to get lewd games and images and CDs without worrying.
Or you can stop being a fucking faggot and learn how to use Share/PD and save your money.
The site has to be legit with how many products are put on there and how many rips have leftover files from there.
What I wonder if they ever have sales? Would love to buy the umemaro and daisy collection but not for the normla price they are asking.
>What I wonder if they ever have sales?
Pretty rarely I think, mostly because the English side gets very little traffic and isn't worth the trouble of paying major attention to.
The Japanese site has fairly regular campaigns, the most common being get 20% points from all purchases (so not a direct sale but buy 1000 yen of material, you get 200 points which can be used for 200 yen discount). They did have a 50% off sale campaign a fair amount of manga tankobons/doujins before C88.
2ch has a general thread dedicated to people who makes a living from selling doujins on dlsite and dmm. It's big business for everyone involved.
>The people getting scammed are the artists and creators who give up 50% of their revenues to that site.
dmm and dlsite has a flexible rate from 50% to 20% (depending on price), I'd say that's in line with what other digital distribution services charge: steam, app store, google play etc all take a flat 30%.
dlsite and dmm beats 30% at $13~ and up.
they have fewer discounts and instead hand out a ton of store credit, you get store credit for rating, reviewing, even just for logging in once a day.
Look at what business model works, western artists are all on patreon getting voluntary donations every month, compared to Japanese artists who only gets paid AFTER they've made something.