Topic: CD Duplication and Packaging
A couple of local businesses have put out a request for CD's by local musicians to sell at their stores. Although I've made 4 CD's of my songs, they were never intended to be sold, just given to friends. Now I'm thinking about re-recording about 10 of my tunes and producing a commercial CD. I've got the connections for all the recording/mastering, but the packaging is the part of the process I'm not familiar with. I've been looking at on-line CD duplicator/packagers. So far, prices appear to be about $2.50 each for small runs of 100-200 units, just under $2.00 per unit for runs of 300 and about $1.20 if producing 1000. I'm looking at maybe having 100-150 made. Price is for burning the CD copies, and making full-color cardboard sleeves with graphics front & back, full-color graphics on the CD's and individually shrink-wrapped. Jewel/slim cases would be cheaper but I hate to produce more plastic which could end up in dumps.
Can anyone recommend an on-line duplicator/packager they've used? Any problems/pitfalls I should be aware of? Any recommendations/help would be appreciated.