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At 04:46 PM 3/18/2004 -0500, James L Wolf wrote:
>There have been some pie-charts put out there showing how much of your
>$18.99 per CD supposedly goes to whom. Is there any information that
>would show how income from sale of 78's was distributed? In real terms,
>I would guess that CDs are cheaper to produce than 78s were because of
>increased efficiency (and centralization) of methods of production and
>distribution, what with global capitalism and all, and that a higher
>proportion of CD revenue is profit. In any case, it would be neat to see
>some good data on the changes.

Let's begin with the fact that the production cost of CDs lies where 78s
cost virtually nothing - packaging. Where the labels on the 78s and the
green or brown heavy paper sleeves carried an effectively zero price even
then, today's jewel case, tray card and insert are likely to cost more than
the 50-60 cents of a CD. Prices of both vary with quantity, of course, but
paper runs more than plastic in every analysis I've seen. Fortunately, my
own discs are published on CD-ROM, so the only such cost is the artwork on
the disc itself - and a plain paper sleeve is optional to go into the
cardboard mailer.


Mike
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