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A FRIENDLY WARNING
TO ALL MY FELLOW MUSIC COLLECTORS...

CompUSA '2CD' Cases
Will Mess Up Your CDs!!

If you shop at CompUSA for your CD supplies
and place any personal value on your CD collection
whatsoever, you want to read this!

 

I have a huge music collection (approximately 2000 CDs), and I'm the type of guy who likes to have 'real' CD cases (plastic jewel cases) for all his CDs. Many of the CDs I collect (on CDR) are 2CD sets, so this means I've had to seek out a supply of 2CD style jewel cases, which led me to CompUSA, the local 'superstore' of computer and entertainment media products. For at least 6 months now I've been buying most of my CD jewel cases from CompUSA, and they only sell one brand of 2CD cases.
They look like this...

[Note: I have also been told that Staples sells these same cases,
so possibly you can buy them at several stores, not just CompUSA]

For some time now I've been noticing that little cracks were showing up around the center of the CDs, but I wrote it off as something that 'probably happens to all CDs in cases' (wrong). I also assumed it was nothing to worry about, and the cracks would not get worse over time (Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!). I now realize that...

a. Quality jewel cases (meaning ALL MY OTHER jewel cases) do NOT crack your CDs

b. As time goes by these cracks do get bigger, and Bigger, and BIGGER

c. These cracks are a direct result of being in these CompUSA cases

 

The problem is, the CDs fit too tightly into the case. Around the center where the CD rests, there is a circle of small plastic knobs which fits into the hole in the center of the CD. Here's a close-up view of what I'm talking about...

This circle of plastic knobs fits in the center hole of the CD so tightly that the CD usually must be 'snapped' into place. There is generally no immediate noticeable damage done to the CD, but over time (anywhere from a few days to a few months) the continued strain of the pressure causes tiny cracks to develop, which slowly get larger until they eventually reach the data portion of the CD, effectively ruining the CD. It's a simple case of poor design.

This is an example of a CD damaged by these cases...

 

 

So here's my advice:

If you've bought any CD cases from CompUSA, check them now to see if they're the same type pictured above. If they are, for God's sake get your CDs out of them and into something safe while you still can.

 

 

Forward this to anyone else you know who collects CDs.

 

By the way, if you want to know where to buy some excellent 2CD cases that will not harm your CDs, check out...

 

American Digital
This place seems to be the best deal going. Their prices are very low and they have a great selection.
http://www.american-digital.com/prodsite/category.asp?c=36

..or...

C4 Component
These guys have the lowest prices but not quite as good of a selection.
http://www.c4component.com/product_list.htm

CDR Outlet
Great prices and selection. Just slightly higher priced than American Digital.
http://www.cdroutlet.com/cgi-local/shop.pl/SID=1015987656.18397/page=jewel.htm/SID=1015987656.18397

SleeveCity
Great selection, but higher prices than all the others.
http://www.sleevetown.com/double-cd-case.shtml

 

Also you may try ...

Shop 4 Tech
http://www.shop4tech.com/user.htm?

 

 

Ted Whitten
Tucson, AZ, USA