When does CD replication become financially viable?

When planning your next CD album release and looking at the different manufacturing options consider this question, when does CD replication become financially viable?

Most artists and small labels understand that replication always gives the best quality results when seeking a full retail standard release. However replicated discs are normally only available from 500 units and above so for tight budgets sometimes out of reach. For orders of 1000 discs it becomes a no-brainer as at that quantity it is always cheaper to choose replicated CDs over duplicated CDs. So at what quantity does it start to become affordable or viable to choose replication?

Testa-Rossa offers pricing that gives a viable option for replication at around 300 and above discs, depending on packaging options and disc print. For instance if you are looking for 300 CD albums and only require very basic black text print on the CD then the duplication option could work out cheaper. However if you require full colour print onto the CD as well as the booklet and inlay then short run replication offers are going to work out slightly cheaper.

Another advantage of choosing short run replication is that many of our packaging options can be shrink-wrapped or over-wrapped unlike our duplication products. This over wrapping does help to give your album release that exact retail finish that you would expect when purchasing from high street music stores.

So really the answer to this post is “at 300 units and above” if you are seeking full retail quality.

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