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What? So is every other packaging for every other mass medium. "The Public" never has a say. It gets 
"foisted" when it's introduced by the copyright owners. Buyers have a choice to dump the packaging 
if they don't like it. And of course "the public" has a choice not to buy anything at any time.

-- Tom Fine

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From: "Lou Judson" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, November 06, 2013 3:24 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Maximizing CD Storage Space


> All of this is well and good for collectors and archivists, but the jewel box was foisted on the 
> public at large with no choice in the matter. From that perspective, a very bad design!
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> On Nov 6, 2013, at 12:00 PM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>> Agree they should have used a less-brittle kind of plastic, but I'm sure the cost factor figured 
>> in. Also remember that in the early CD days, discs were sold in cardboard long boxes, so less 
>> likely you'd get a damaged jewel case. If you break one at home, replacements are dirt-cheap.
>>
>> I really like the soft plastic Gaylord boxes that libraries use, but they are frosted 
>> semi-opaque, which makes reading the spine harder.
>>
>> As a matter of course, one should handle their CD collection with care because so many discs are 
>> now out of print. Fingerprints are toxic, and circular scratches often cause fatal read errors
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