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Prime First
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What is the purpose of drilling a hole through the spine of a CD case?

1/28/2007 5:12:04 PM

e30ncsu
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what?

1/28/2007 5:25:12 PM

Prime First
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A lot of CDs that I've bought have a small hole drilled into the uppper left hand corner of the case. You won't see this in retail stores...but alot of my used CDs and promos have this. I was wondering what this means.

1/28/2007 5:38:35 PM

Fry
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extra measure to keep ppl from being fooled into thinking they are buying a new cd?

1/28/2007 6:33:49 PM

marko
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it means they're promos

1/28/2007 6:40:46 PM

ShawnaC123
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They do it to promo CDs. I assume it's so whoever gets them won't be able to take them back to a retailer for a refund.

1/28/2007 6:41:21 PM

Skack
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^ yep. The hole goes through the barcode that is printed on the CD. Take a look.

So basically, they were sent to radio stations, music magazines, etc. and the people there sold them to Schoolkids where you bought it out of the used section.

1/28/2007 7:17:47 PM

Prime First
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Quote :
"^ yep. The hole goes through the barcode that is printed on the CD. Take a look."


Awesome. So it's just to keep people from reselling or returning them as retails?
I took a look at a few of mine and some missed the barcode haha.

Thanks for the answers, everyone.

1/28/2007 11:10:35 PM

arcgreek
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to put your dick in it

1/28/2007 11:19:31 PM

vinylbandit
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Back in the LP days, they used to cut one corner off of the sleeve. Same concept.

1/29/2007 2:25:35 AM

sawahash
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When I worked at Media Play they would give us promo cd's as rewards. They would have a hole through the barcode so that you can't sell it to a place that buys used cd's.

1/29/2007 3:03:13 AM

vinylbandit
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My favorite promo non-resale tag was when a booklet would be stamped with gold foil: "This recording is the property of Record Company X, is not for resale, and must be returned to Record Company X upon request."

1/29/2007 3:09:01 AM

Prime First
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"This recording is the property of Record Company X, is not for resale, and must be returned to Record Company X upon request."[quote]

Haha, yeah my friend ordered a Dillon Fence CD for me that had this stamp on it. The album was brand new, but it had the seal and the hole in it too. I guess some of these promos aren't even listened to and are resold..

1/29/2007 10:09:04 AM

marko
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i've got the u2 double disc 1980-1990 set from technician that had that boss gold lettering on it

funny thing is that they gave an extra sleeve without the text printed on it to swap out...haha

1/29/2007 10:21:22 AM

PaulISdead
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It's a weep hole for condensation

10/26/2021 1:40:58 PM

The Coz
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It's not always a hole. Sometimes it's a cut through the spine like on a band saw. These are also called "cut-outs".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cut-out_%28recording_industry

10/26/2021 7:59:16 PM

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