CD Duplication Products Suitable For Retail Sale

Many of our customers ask the question what CD duplication products are suitable for retail? The truthful answer to this question is that duplication products are not really suitable for retail in high street stores. Most large music stores and distributors would usually insist on a pressed/replicated CD for retail sale. Pressed discs do tend to have a longer lifespan than duplicated CD’s and in general are less prone to damage hence why retailers prefer this format.

Having said the above some CD duplication products may be suitable for smaller shops or online sales especially when total sales are only expected to be a few hundred units. As long as rigorous production techniques and high quality media is used then a duplicated CD-R will give the same quality playback. Also if professional colour thermal print is used then the surface print of the disc will be as durable and good looking as a screenprinted or offset litho printed disc.

Another important factor is the packaging, if high quality cases are used together with offset printed inlays then the result can be a product that looks as good as a factory manufactured release. There are many on line packaging companies that sell cheap unreliable cases to the public but avoid these at all costs. Look for high quality cases and particular cases advertised as machine packable, this usually means they are high enough quality for pressing plants to use on production lines.

If you are using a short run of duplicated discs for retail then also be sure to seek print from a reputable printer, offset litho printed inlays and booklets are always preferable over digital. This print method will give an inlay that will be identical to the full major label releases seen in your high street store. The combination of high quality machine pack cases and offset litho printed booklet/inlays will yield a retail product of high presentation standard even when a duplicated disc is used.

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