budget duplication?

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by robchittum, Feb 27, 2003.

  1. robchittum

    robchittum Guest

    Hey folks,
    I need to find the best deal I can find on short run CD duplication. In the past I have used electricrecords.com ($299 for 100 "retail ready" CD's). this is a good price, and they did a good job for me, but I am helping a friend put a "best of" CD together to raise money for a local summer concert series in our town (a non-profit group). It will have about 20 songs from various local artists that were recorded to minidisc over the past couple of years (not the highest quality in the world, but most of the people buying these aren't exactly audiophiles). We have about $600 to work with, and I want to get as many disks as possible duplicated. Any ideas of places I can get a break on a short run order? I haven't found any place that will give a break on orders under 1000 CD's. You can get 1000 cds for just over $1200 - why in the hell can't I get 400-500 for $600. Most places that sell the 1000 CDs for $1200 charge $999 for 500 (BS)! The price of the media has come down, but the cost of duplication doesn't seem to follow. any ideas would be appreciated.

  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    What they are charging for is the cost of the manufacturing set up. This cost is consistent regardless of how many pieces are run. $299 for 100 pieces is a great price. That is the best I have ever heard. Are these CDR's or actual stamped CDs? Fats
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  3. Don Grossinger

    Don Grossinger Distinguished past mastering moderator Active Member

    Actually, the cost of raw polycarbonate, the component part of a CD, has gone up recently. It is a plastic & is linked to the price of oil from which it is made.

    When you get pressed CDs, they are not stamped onto CD-R blanks. The actual discs are made from small polycarbonate pellets which are formed into CD shape, then coated on one side with a reflective layer which allows the CD to be read by the laser. The actual signal is pressed into a clear poly disc first. Later the whole disc is coated with a lacquer which provides the outer protective cover over the data on the disc.
  4. robchittum

    robchittum Guest

    Yeah, this was the best price I have been able to find too. It included set-up, design, 2 page full color insert, 2 color print on CD, bar code, and shrink wrap. Pretty hard to beat all that. I did recently see 1000 CD with similar package for $999. I don't know the difference between "pressing" a CD vs. burning to CDR. They both play in my player...? Thanks.
  5. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Well it's what Don said in the previous post. I said stamped. Wrong terminology. Pressed is correct as Don pointed out. CDR's have a layer of ink applied to them and a laser is used to burn the signal to the CDR. Pressed is just what it says, pressed. At that price I would venture to say that they are CDRs. CDRs do have a problem playing in some players. It's weird. Some players will play some CDRs but not others and vice versa. You never can tell with CDRs. .... Fats
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