It's no good just binning the jewel case (digipacks, clearly, need to be left as they are) and randomly purchasing plastic CD sleeves as non-specialist ones do the one thing I try and avoid and that is it is necessary to bend the rear inlay card in order to fit the thing in; most unsatisfactory.
I did try importing "Jazz Loft" CD sleeves from the USA and whilst these were very good, they were extremely expensive once import duty was included in the price.
Now, at last, I have found a solution that fits the bill and I thought I would share it with all. Please note that I have no connection or involvement with the business I mention other than as a satisfied customer.
www.slim-disc.com offer plastic sleeves for the booklet and rear inlay card and paper/plastic sleeves for the CD at a very reasonable price. I have found that it is possible to fit a fairly thick booklet, 2 CDs and the rear inlay card quite comfortably into these sleeves and they take up much less shelf space than jewel cases. I ordered 25 sleeves to try out and have just ordered 2,500, so I will be kept busy!
I will keep the jewel cases as if I ever wish to sell or donate a disc, I can just reassemble the original package.
Although one has to be fastidious when putting discs back on the shelves, I have found that it is quite easy to read the "spine" details when the slim-disc sleeve is in use by flicking through them with my thumb.
I also think that they look very satisfactory on the shelves, too.
I know I could just put everything on a hard-drive or Brennan-type device, but I just like the physical product!
Well worth a look if your shelves are creaking and it is good to support a small UK business, too.
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