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bradfordian 02 Jan 11 - 07:53 PM
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Subject: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: bradfordian
Date: 02 Jan 11 - 07:53 PM

Having received a few CDs thru the post for the BLUE PLATE SPECIAL 2 Mudcat fund raiser project, about 20% of the jewel cases were damaged at the hinge or cracked plastic.
A couple of the CDs (from SEAMUS KENNEDY) came in glossy printed CARDBOARD WALLETS.
Now I was quite impressed with these wallets, which could hold 3 or maybe even 4 CDs.
Does it make sense to utilise this type of packaging in preference to jewel cases? Is it more environmentally friendly? Cheaper?

Cardboard wallets vs jewel cases: Discuss.

bradfordian


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: Jack Campin
Date: 02 Jan 11 - 08:52 PM

I detest cardboard pockets - there is far too high a risk of the CD getting scratched when you take it out or put it back.

"Jewel cases" break much too easily (the hinges are crap design) but are easily replaceable.

SACD cases are a lot better. So are the cardboard cases with a tray fused into one panel which fold out into at least three panels. But they are the least green of any since you can't separate the paper and plastic.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: Acme
Date: 02 Jan 11 - 08:58 PM

For simple holding of disks here I use paper and tyvek envelopes (they sit in file cases). One of those inside a cardboard sleeve might remedy the scratches, along the lines of the dust jacket (paper sleeve) that LPs were stored in, inside cardboard covers.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: dwditty
Date: 02 Jan 11 - 10:04 PM

www.oasiscd.com. They will send you free samples of green package options.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: GUEST,OXfordian
Date: 02 Jan 11 - 11:25 PM

It has been my experience
That the world will embrace
If they can afford
Plastic over cardboard
"Green" is only an obscene manisfestation of "the machine."
Wallets have no credence
Unless you are in cadence.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 03 Jan 11 - 12:07 AM

Sleeves are fine, if you don't have to search for CDs by the printing on the spines. As a vendor who sells at festivals, I hate the damn things.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: open mike
Date: 03 Jan 11 - 12:11 AM

the cover for the c.d. should have a spine with the title on it
in large print with high contrast ink/././
all the better to see you with, my dear..

the skinny cardboard sleeves get lost on the shelf
or in the collection...as a radio d.j. i find it
important to locate discs, and some of the single
discs in simple packages are not visible when it
comes time to find them.

yes check oasis...i have heard that some folks who had
planned to copy their c.d.'s at home found their prices
comparable...and so we might even consider them for
production of this project..

some cardboard covers have a "button" which holds the
disc and this does not require slipping it in and out
of an envelope or sleeve.

pre-sale c.d.'s might cover the cost of production and
make it possible to get these copied and packaged by
a business such as oasis.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: Will Fly
Date: 03 Jan 11 - 05:49 AM

If you're producing your own CDs, then you have to consider the mechanics and cost of printing on the cardboard wallet - otherwise the outside of the package will be both uninformative and unattractive.

I use thin jewel cases - which are very cheap and have the slight advantages that (a) you can slip a printed paper insert into the left-hand side fairly easily or (b) you can even forego the printed insert and let a printed CD label take the strain.

The thin jewel cases, like any other cases, can crack and split and come apart. Nor can you see anything on the spine because it's too thin. I use them because they're convenient and because I can't print on a cardboard wallet.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: bradfordian
Date: 03 Jan 11 - 07:33 AM

One of the cardboard wallets is slide in/out, the other has a clip button. Both have printed spines, booklet inserts and screen printed CDs. The printing of the wallets would need to be done commercially so not for home use. Anyone know of any jewel cases with unbreakable hinges?

bradfordian


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: Spleen Cringe
Date: 03 Jan 11 - 08:23 AM

Jewel cases are vile and ugly and simply add to the mountain of useless plastic crap we are busy burying ourselves in. At Folk Police we will never release a CD in a jewel case. For us, the only way is the LP-style gatefold sleeve reduced to CD size - the digifile. It's considerably move attractive, totally plastic free and has all the requisite parts (printed spine included).

Folk music is all too often shoddily packaged. It shows a lack of care for the music.

Decent cardboard packaging is more expensive but not prohibitively so.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 03 Jan 11 - 08:29 AM

Jewel cases every time. All my storage is designed around their dimensions.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: erosconpollo
Date: 03 Jan 11 - 08:51 AM

We've been experimenting with using DVD cases. The price is comparable to jewel cases but they don't have that fragile hinge design. Size is really the main drawback.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: michaelr
Date: 03 Jan 11 - 12:25 PM

Jewel cases are on the way out. Oasis, one of the US's major duplication houses, offers a number of eco-friendly options.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: treewind
Date: 03 Jan 11 - 12:59 PM

I looked in another forum where Jewel case vs. Digipak (the cardboard package) has been discussed (it has been, many times) and there was a slight majority in favour of jewel cases.

One point about jewel cases is that if they break, they can be replaced cheaply. Digipaks get tatty round the edges and you can't do anything about it.

I like jewel cases for the readability of text on the spine. Also they are cheap and I use them for all sorts of low volume ad hoc CD production that isn't possible with digipaks.

I guess DVD cases are an interesting alternative.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 03 Jan 11 - 01:00 PM

Don't mail out many cds (copies mostly for friends). Use the thin jewel cases from Staples, etc., cheap and readily available. Cardboard and eco-friendly types must come by mail order.

I have bought a few Alia Vox productions which come in a book, the cardboard holders inside are too tight and I have had to slit them to avoid scratches.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: Don Firth
Date: 03 Jan 11 - 02:00 PM

Well . . . having given it a fair amount of thought, and taking a good look at my own, and my wife's, life-long collection of recordings on various formats, for CDs, I would opt for full-sized jewel cases.

Barbara and I have, between us, about fifteen feet of vinyl records, filed vertically like books, not stacked, on an étagère (strongly built, about six feet tall, with four shelves about four feet long), with the spines of the sleeves out so we can see what the records are.

We also have a bookcase, about four feet tall and four feet wide, four shelves with CDs in slotted plastic cases (spines out), and a fifth shelf filled with cassette tapes in several slotted plastic boxes made for fifteen cassettes each, all with spines up.

Our record library consists of a fair amount of classical music, several full-length operas, and a large amount of folk music. These are all catagorized and alphabetized, so we have no particular difficulty in finding any recording we're looking for.

I also have about thirty-some CDs that have been given to me by friends—some of which are in cardboard sleeves. No spine. I have these on a shelf in a bookcase, but to find something, I have to pull them out and look at them individually until I find what I'm looking for.

Spines are just as important for finding recordings, vinyl, cassette, and CD, as book spines are on a book shelf or in a library.

Barbara is a librarian, so we're well-organized and we can find things.

I vote for full-size jewel cases. They can accommodate various kinds of inserts:   single sheet on the back listing what's on the CD, informative booklet in the front containing notes on and words of the songs therein, and, for that matter, information about the singer or singers—and the all-important spine.

Okay, 'tis true that jewel cases do break sometimes, but they are easily replaced, about a dollar each, retail. And they are not biodegradable. But this should not be any kind of ecological disaster if you keep the CD in the jewel case and on a shelf of slotted CD storage containers (spines visible) as Barbara and I do ours.

And as God intended.   {:-)

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: JHW
Date: 03 Jan 11 - 02:11 PM

Baffles me how the 'jewel case' has been foisted on us by the billion with such a useless holder for the sheet or booklet.
The CD clips in and out of a 'digipak' just as it does with the jewel case but the writeup is immediately to hand.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: Acme
Date: 03 Jan 11 - 03:46 PM

Don,

I spent a long time looking for a cabinet that would support my LP collection that is mine and Dad's combined, at this point. About 4 feet of LPs. I found some heavy pine furniture, in a southwestern style, made in Mexico that finally fit the requirement.

I found a very tall black case built to be adjustable for CDs or DVDs, and it holds probably 600+ disks - my purchased disks plus a bunch from my father's estate plus a windfall from a couple of years ago when I stumbled upon a 33-gallon bin of classical CDs (high quality, probably worth thousands retail) for $20 from someone who didn't know any better and was convinced none of them would move. That last collection alone merits an elegant cabinet and one of these days I'd really like to find a piece of furniture with the shelves a bit on the slant back so I can both read the spines and move it without fear of the disks falling off of the shelves.

Whatever the disk, CD or DVD or BluRay, I want the name on the spine.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: open mike
Date: 03 Jan 11 - 06:21 PM

i just remembered ond c.d. i got with a hand made cover..very unique
and organic...

here are some instructions..and examples

http://www.autostraddle.com/now-what-how-to-make-a-cd-sleeve-for-your-superfly-mixtape/

http://www.etsy.com/search_results.php?search_type=all&includes[0]=tags&search_query=cd+covers&ref=related&page=1

http://www.alibaba.com/product-tp/103609851/Block_Printed_Cotton_Rag_Handmade_Paper.html

http://andrewvanrensburg.blogspot.com/2009/07/cd-covers-i-designed-recently.html

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/62309/making_your_own_cd_cover.html

Dan Schatz has his current recording packaged in a booklet form
this is very creative, but may not fit in the same space a c.d.
case might i you have slotted media storage devices. Perhaps he
will chime in here and discuss this packaging idea, though.

maybe we can invent a whole new type of wrapping for these discs..
some big folding up paper invention?


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 03 Jan 11 - 07:04 PM

One kind not mentioned yet, and as far as I can see not offered by Oasis, is this kind.

They have three main cons:
– like cardboard, no space on the spine for labelling;
– plastic so not very environmentally friendly, though more robust than jewel cases and therefore less likely to get broken and thrown away, which I think makes them a bit better in the environmental respect;
– pricey.

Their pro is that they are claimed to, and indeed appear to, protect the CD or DVD better, so they are my choice for important archive material (until someone introduces me to an even better kind).

Richard


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: Don Firth
Date: 03 Jan 11 - 08:26 PM

I am amenable to any kind of CD case that protects the CD, is durable (cardboard generally is not, as is graphically demonstrated by the number of sleeves for vinyl records from 50+ years ago that are held together with masking tape), doesn't take up a great deal of space when shelved, and provides identification for the CD within, such as a cover blurb and booklet insert for written material about the music or other contents therein, the performer(s), and any other relevant information. AND that has a readable spine when stored on a shelf.

I've seen a lot of alternatives, but the best and most usable I've seen so far is the standard jewel case.

It definitely has its drawbacks and can certainly be improved, but the opening paragraph of this post outlines what I consider essential.

Especially provision for identifying the CD on the spine, or some equally quick and easy form of identification when the CD is stored on a shelf or cabinet of some kind.

Don Firth

P. S. I am as environmentally aware as anyone out there, but I find the environmental argument against jewel cases pretty weak. I don't intend to throw the jewel cases for my CD collection away and thus cavalierly pollute the landfills, roadsides, national parks, and oceans of the world with them. I intend to keep them and store my CDs in them.

I DO wish the current jewel cases were more durable (hinges, et al), but I'm careful and I've only had a couple break on me. But that was much too easy to do!


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: Spleen Cringe
Date: 04 Jan 11 - 09:39 AM

I agree that the environmental argument against jewel cases is secondary to the aesthetic argument. Jewel cases are almost as ugly as cassette cases. You can have the best artwork in the world, but it will always look horrible when viewed through a sheet of plastic.

I have albums that are over 40 years old with the sleeves in excellent nick. No reason why cardboard CD sleeves can't be just as durable. And digifiles are far more attractive than digipacks, btw...

Every time a buy a CD in a jewel case, a little bit of me dies... They are a great argument for mp3s.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: GUEST,999
Date: 04 Jan 11 - 09:57 AM

Jewel cases: I checked with the Canadian Post Office. The jewel case adds sufficient weight to the package to pop it into a higher rate category thus increasing the postage fee by about $1.00-2.00 depending on . My next CD will go out to customers with no case. Just liner notes and back page with radio info on it--song times and order of songs. People can get their own jewel cases. Radio DJs will receive the CD in a jewel case. FWIW.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: artbrooks
Date: 04 Jan 11 - 10:55 AM

Jewel cases, for the reasons already mentioned so eloquently by Don Firth, Open Mike and others. My CDs are also in open shelves so that the spines are readable. I buy full-sized empty ones (50 at a time for less than $10) to replace the occasional broken one and for the CDs that I have to have that come to me in cardboard. I do my best to disassemble those carefully so that the art work that people spend so much time and effort on is preserved, but it is very true that the printed cardboard sleeves look better (when new) before I mess with them (sorry, Seamus). One point for sleeves, though - they don't melt when you leave them in the car on a hot New Mexico day!


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: Acme
Date: 04 Jan 11 - 11:26 AM

Bruce has a good solution, I think. I have a stack of jewel cases that are left over from something. Disks I got rid of but kept the cases, whatever. I could easily take the disk he sends and the cover art intended for a jewel case and make use of one of the spares here.

They make a more silicone or rubbery case that folds and is self-hinged. They are slim, but don't have any way to label or put cover art in. And I've always wondered if, since they're a little softer, if they might not have some slight off-gas potential that might harm CDs over the long run. I use those if I have to transport CDs and don't want to break the hard plastic cases, but the brittle cases are less likely to have the off-gas problem.

Don, I wish Dad had been able to see this stash of CDs I found at that garage sale--he'd have simultaneously cringed at the idea of how they were let go, and been pleased that I found them. Imagine taking all of the CDs in your collection, lumping them into a big plastic box and taking them to a charitable organization, where someone who knows nothing about them letting them go for a song. (Pardon the pun!) It's their loss that they didn't see the value, but I suspect the gentleman who died and left these wonderful disks behind is resting more quietly since they ended up with a very appreciative owner. He may have taught music classes, because there are several versions of quite a number of pieces, as if he used them to show the difference between interpretations or conductors, etc. He kept all of his in jewel cases, and for some reason, had the cover art and liner notes stored opposite of the way I use them. Maybe a left hand vs right hand thing, or something to do with how he stored them. He put titles on them if one wasn't clear on the spine of the case.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: sharyn
Date: 04 Jan 11 - 11:41 AM

I made my CD with an all-cardboard digipack from Oasis. Because it has two pockets, like an old double album, there is room on the spine for the title, which looks quite nice. One pocket slit has a booklet with lyrics and copyright notes and the other holds the CD.

I had the CDs packaged without shrink-wrap, surely the most egregious use of plastic there is, immediately thrown away and not reusable, Instead, they sealed the CD with a wafer seal (like a round price sticker).

I hate jewel cases -- always breaking, cracking, getting stepped on or chipping. And then you have broken plastic to deal with. A huge gyre of broken plastic is floating around in the Pacific as I write.

The only drawback I have found with the cardboard packaging is that if you carry the same CD around for a year or so you can get worn marks on the packaging. But if you don't carry them around much or have them in a rack or box it is not a problem.

Would I use cardboard again? Absolutely. It's cheaper to mail, being lighter. It's better for the environment. I've got a beautiful package -- buy one by PM and see for yourself, or look it up on CD Baby. The CD is called "Paris" by Sharyn Dimmick


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: Acme
Date: 04 Jan 11 - 12:21 PM

sharyn,

Would you post a photo of your CD package, or a link to the producer information?

SRS


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: michaelr
Date: 04 Jan 11 - 02:12 PM

SRS - see my link to Oasis above.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: Don Firth
Date: 04 Jan 11 - 02:56 PM

Maggie, in times past, there was a fellow in the "hoot crowd" who didn't sing, but he was mightily enthusiastic about folk music. He threw his house open practically every weekend for singers to gather and bellow their lungs out 'til the wee hours of the morning. He also had one of the best record collections around. Over 600 folk records gathered over time. And if he felt sure you handled records carefully, he would loan them to you so you could learn songs from them. A fair percentage of the songs I know, I learned from his records.

Someplace in the mid-1960s, he got married. Nice lady, liked folk music, but nowhere near as gung-ho as he was. He died about twenty years ago. A great loss of a good friend.

A question came up about what she was going to do with that marvelous record collection—which by now included many earlier records that were (are) no longer available. His widow suggested that one of us come over to her place, go through them, and decide what should be done with them.

Within a couple of weeks, before either Bob Nelson or I had a chance to get over to her place, her son hit her up for help with his college tuition. Without mentioning her intentions to either Bob or me, she sold the entire collection to a second-hand record dealer. For $300! That's 50¢ apiece!

Bob and I were positively sick when she told us.

Since she was (and still is) a good friend, we kept our cool, saying only that we were very disappointed that she had done this and really wished she hadn't been so precipitous. We manfully refrained from killing her!

Bob was having wall-eyed fits for some time afterward. He said, "Three hundred dollars! I would have given her three thousand dollars for them!"

Sort of like selling the Smithsonian to the philistines for the price of a dog house.

Oh, well, whatryahgonnado?

Don Firth

P. S. I'm perfectly amenable to any alternative to jewel cases that meets my requirements. I still question the durability of cardboard. I've got lots of cardboard sleeves (with vinyl records) and I'm very careful handling records, sleeves, et al, but they're still subject to general wear and tear. There's a reason they don't build car fenders out of cardboard. . . .


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: Acme
Date: 04 Jan 11 - 03:40 PM

I know that story, and as a child met the owner of the albums several times. It boggles the mind, doesn't it?

We had an LP tussle that you probably have heard of. 1/4 of the collection got away, but every LP in the missing box was documented and they were the most easily replaced of the albums in the collection. They have also probably long since gone the way of the record shop, knowing the tendencies of the party who ended up with them. Gambling is such a wasteful addiction.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: sharyn
Date: 05 Jan 11 - 01:32 AM

SRS: I am woefully inadequate about doing things online and photos are about the worst thing to ask me about. The best I can do is to ask some helpful person like Joe Offer to do it for me. That I can do. Stay tuned. And, as I said, I used a two pocket digipak from Oasis for my CD jacket.

Don: How long are you expecting things to last without a blemish? You can always encase them in clear plastic sleeves like some old LPs, although that adds plastic to the world, which I, for one, would like to avoid.

Sharyn


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: Don Firth
Date: 05 Jan 11 - 03:38 PM

I'm not totally dedicated to jewel cases, Sharyn. In fact, looking at the products on the Oasis web site, it looks like they could serve quite well. But as I say, I want to be able to find the record or cassette or CD in my music library at a glance, and that generally means a readable spine—like a book, a time-honored and highly functional method that's been used for centuries.

This, and durability. As far as cardboard is concerned, I have cardboard sleeves on hundreds of vinyl LPs, some of which were a bit sleazy when I bought the record (cost cutting on the part of the record company). Not all that durable to begin with—and some used records that I've bought where the previous owner was not as careful as I am. And I have others that are quite durable. Boxed sets containing two or three LPs, such as full-length operas with libretto enclosed, tend to be fairly durable. Especially durable packaging is usually found with records from companies like Folkways, where Moses Asch considered all the recordings he issued to be "library editions," hence, although cardboard, the sleeves are pretty solid and well-made—with readable spines.

Plastic is of great environmental concern when it consists of plastic grocery bags blowing around on a beach or cluttering up parks or blowing past your front window on a breezy day (high-tech tumbleweed), or so-called "clamshell" packaging used on items hanging on a store's display rack that are completely useless once the item purchased is extricated (often at the cost of a broken fingernail or two). Or tons of plastic bottles for soft drinks, Gatorade, spring water and such.

But plastic items such the jewel cases on my CD collection and the lid on my old but quite functional Garrard 3-speed turntable are going to stay right were they are. No environmental pollution there.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: Acme
Date: 05 Jan 11 - 03:38 PM

I must have scanned right over the top of that link. Thanks, michaelr.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: Anne Lister
Date: 05 Jan 11 - 04:44 PM

For what it's worth, my last two albums have been in digipacks and I've just had a short run of 100 done (by Oasis) of an earlier album that had sold out in its original format. They're lighter, less likely to break in transit and you can still have a spine so you can read the title on a shelf. And the plastic bits are recycled, too, so it's as environmentally OK as you can get (although my favourite digipacks have a soft foam button that the CD sits on).

Anne


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Subject: RE: Tech: Jewel cases vs Cardboard wallets for CDs
From: sharyn
Date: 05 Jan 11 - 05:09 PM

@Don: If you select the right design option, which can look like an old double album LP, you get a wider spine, on which you can put a readable title. If you give me an address, I'll be glad to send you a sample CD -- I have far more than I ever expect to sell. You can PM me.

It is those little broken corners and bits of jewel cases that end up in the Pacific gyre (or shipped to other countries because we can't recycle them). And, of course, if musicians order CDs in plastic jewel cases then more of them will be manufactured: this is what I am trying to avoid by opting for Digipaks instead. I swim at a beach in the Berkeley Marina, pick up plastic bits regularly, and participate in the Coastal Clean Up each year. The only thing that outnumbers broken bits of hard plastic is smoking materials: cellophane, cigar tips, butts.

Cordially,

Sharyn


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