For the first 22 years of my working life I did not have to worry about budgets, quarters, or any type of reporting. For the past 2 years I have had to pay special attention to thinking in terms of quarterly spending, due to my new job. Because of my new way of thinking, here is a summary of what I've bought on YJA and AMZ JP (marketplace) in the first quarter of 2015, listed from high to low (in yen). I also specify whether it is a 1st (never owned) or 2nd purchase (previously owned).
January 2015 - March 2015 (First Quarter)
13980 | Gradius Gaiden OST (1st)
Some albums experience a yo-yo effect in value, where they go up and down, such as Sweet Home, Landstalker, Panzer Dragoon OST, Xardion and Dracula New Classic. But Gradius Gaiden has been expensive for the past 15 years. It's not taking the occasional drop in price, so one can only get a "deal" by waiting for the exchange rate to be more favorable.
9800 | After Burner 20th Anniversary Box (1st)
I paid full retail for this one, but it was factory sealed. But the very fact that it is sealed should've caused it to be higher than 9800.
7000 | Beyond the Beyond (2nd)
This album has dropped in value over the years. I remember not being able to touch it for less than $100.
6750 | Ys V OST (2nd)
I was surprised by how scarce this album is. If one shows up on YJA, expect to fight for it.
6350 | Zero Divide OST (1st)
The bidding started at 5000 and I've never seen one cheaper. If you want one, expect a long wait for an auction appearance. If you want Zero Divide 2, then you're dreaming.
4500 | Circle of the Moon & Harmony of Dissonance OST (2nd)
I normally see this one starting at 9000 and higher, so I pounced on the 4500 BIN.
4000 | J.D.K. Band 1 (1st)
I wanted one complete. I also never owned the first print in the past and it's slightly beyond amazing, so the higher than usual cost is justified.
3980 | Castlevania 64 OST (2nd)
This is the lowest BIN I've encountered on YJA recently. It usually starts at 5000 and higher.
3500 | Star Ocean Blue Sphere (2nd)
It's not easy to find one complete at that price.
3250 | Ys V Orchestra (2nd)
This is oddly much easier to acquire than the OST.
3171 | Criminal's Night music from CYBER CITY OEDO 808 (1st)
I found one sealed, at a slightly lower price than used copies.
3000 | Image from King Colossus Sega Sound Orchestra (1st)
This purchase replaces my flac files. It took me 3 years to find a complete copy. Any suffering and frustration you endure while looking for this is justified - it's that good.
3000 | Thunder Zone (2nd)
The cover art makes this feel like a Contra album, which is partly why it attracts me. It's also some of Data East's best music.
2934 | Music from The Legend of Xanadu II (2nd)
I wish that Music from Brandish 3 were this easy to acquire...
2800 | J.D.K. Band 3 Falcom Vocal Special (1st)
I've had a CD-R since the summer of 2000 and finally decided to replace it. I also recently uploaded the scans to VGMDB, since they were missing.
2650 | Panzer Dragoon Full Sound Version (2nd)
I don't know why, but this album keeps a low profile. While people are paying their left kidney for Donkey Kong Country and Ganbare Goemon, there are albums such as this that can tremendously satisfy without leaving a scar.
2494 | Brandish Piano Collection (2nd)
I should've had this more than a year ago, but I forgot to place a bid on it. I was unhappy about that because this album rarely appears on YJA. I don't always remember to check AMZ JP, but the prices for scarce albums are sometimes quite fair. This is my favorite piano collection.
2110 | Star Ocean Perfect Collection (2nd)
This album has significantly dropped in value. I've noticed for the past year that it can be obtained for less than 5000, which is much lower than the usual $100 - $150 for the past 15 years. I found one complete with a starting bid of 1500 and the auction ended at only 2110.
2000 | Final Fantasy VII Limited Edition (1st)
I always stayed well away from this album, due to its remarkably high price. But things are different on YJA and no one seems to care about this anymore. It was a BIN for 2000. And I bought the relisting, since it didn't sell the first time.
2000 | zwei!! OST (2nd)
Obtained one sealed.
1806 | Falcom Special Box '94 (1st)
It looks brand new. I expected to see some flaws at that price, but it usually sells low anyway. Again, the DKC people could keep their left kidneys and just pick this up.
1650 | Ys IV Perfect Collection Vol. 1 (2nd)
This usually starts at 5000 on YJA, but AMZ JP has better deals sometimes.
1500 | VM Japan OST (2nd)
Obtained one sealed.
1456 | zwei!! Super Arrange Version (2nd)
1332 | Ys Healing (2nd)
1276 | Sora no Kieski Super Arrange Version (1st)
1200 | Kaiser Knuckle (2nd)
This is one hugely entertaining Yack album, as is Fighter's Impact. But few people know...
1200 | Madara 2 Sound Fantasia (2nd)
Twinbee Paradise Sound Fantasia is indeed better, but this is not painful to own.
900 | Ys PREMIUM MUSIC CD BOX in FELGHANA (1st)
I found this on YJA and wondered what it was. I checked VGMDB and noticed that a large box set was released and that it somehow escaped my attention. I'm glad I was ignorant of it previously, because 900 is hard to beat. Retail is 8988 for comparison.
700 | Ridge Racer 2 (1st)
Cheap and couldn't resist.
650 | Rolling Thunder 2 (2nd)
Same as above.
480 | Ridge Racer (1st)
Same as above.
320 | Provincialism Ys (2nd)
Not the same as above. This was an album I was genuinely looking for because I find the arrangements pleasing. I remember there was some hostility towards this album over a decade ago. The J.D.K. Dulk (Dark?) Factory is not something you should forget.
200 | Street Fighter II Image Album (3rd)
And now we have come to something that stymies, perplexes, confounds and puzzles me to no end. First of all, this is in fact my third purchase of this album. I currently own one but this one has the large slipcase and it's in better condition than the one I paid 2000 for. It's also missing the obi, but I don't think it had one. The obi from the 2000 yen purchase does not fit around the slipcase. Also, the cover arts between the two editions are different despite the fact the catalog numbers are the same, PCCB-00075. The obi-laden edition has clearly visible gray streaks on the cover, while the slipcase version has much deeper blacks.
But none of that confuses me. What confuses me is why this album can be obtained for 200 yen. This is a prime example of why VGMDB needs to state the print run quantities, along with other vital album info. If we can find out how many of a certain album were printed, we can compare that with print run quantities of other albums. We already know the retail and used prices of albums. Knowledge of print run quantities could help explain some of those prices.