As many others have said, I stopped buying new CDs when the price, out the door, went way over $10. I buy a few direct from artists, or used, these days. For years and years, albums, whether vinyl or CD, except some European classical and jazz recordings, were about $10. Then they started going up and up til now. Now, some years ago, I looked at having CDs made for a group I was working with. At the time, I could get them, in lots of 100, for $1.50 apiece. I had to supply master tapes and artwork for the insert. (It may be more now, I know). This from a rather small local outfit. A large company, ordering in large lots, probably from somewhere in the Orient, could likely get that down to $0.50 or 0.75 apiece, maybe less. Artists are always complaining about how little they get from CD sales. (Look up "Courtney Love does the Math", well worth reading). I don't know how much they get, $0.05 a disk, $5.00 a disk, is that before or after 'recoupables' etc. So if we're seeing $20 out the door, and in some states $2 of that is tax, where does the other $17.50 go? There's 'production costs' of which one suspects much is born by the artist, and much is 'creative accounting' or invented. There's shipping and warehousing and all that, but does anyone have a cost breakdown on these things? The IMPRESSION is that most of the money goes to make a bunch of suits very rich, at the expense of everyone from the artist to the public. Can anyone here tell us where the money goes?