You're right, most of this have the same problem and lack of shelf space. First off, I would certainly advocate for assigning consecutive shelf numbers so you NEVER (well, almost never) have to shift items. I've also looked at a few products to replace jewel cases, but couldn't find anything that would accommodate the back tray cards + booklets. Perhaps others will write in with suitable options.
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Subject: Maximizing CD Storage Space
We currently have something on the order of 15,000 CDs are faced with space problems like the majority on this list. The issue is maximizing shelf space while keeping the physical objects easily accessible. We file CDs by label and catalogue number.
Right now we have ours in the standard issue jewel cases, one deep on shelves vertically with the spine turned out like normal LP storage. This lends itself to easy incorporation of new product, with some shifting, but requires lots of shelf space.
I've heard some have a preference for standing vertical in boxes placed on shelves with box ends labeled and facing outward which allows more product on the shelves. The big drawbacks are the lack of easy browsing and incorporation of new product without considerable attention to shifting.
Your thoughts on these practices and other suggestions are welcome.
The second issue would have to do with the physical packaging of the CD and related artwork. At this point, I'd like to get some thoughts on doing away with ONLY the standard, generic, nondescript single and multiple CD jewel cases while retaining and storing ALL related artwork in a nonmutilated state. Anything else including Box Sets and nonstandard packaging such as cardboard jacketed and digipack type housing would be kept in its original form with the addition of an inventory sticker.
Standard jewel cases are fragile, bulky and take up loads of space. There are several available alternatives available including the Jewel Sleeve and Disc Sox.
Jewel Sleeves are currently made exclusively from polyvinylchloride or PVC......
Disc Sox are currently being manufactured using polypropylene......
Again, any thoughts on these two products or alternatives would be welcome.
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