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As an aside...

Maybe a 20% cut in CD prices would actually be revenue positive by generating more volume. I'd certainly be more apt to buy a $16 CD than a $20 CD, but it still seems like a rip off.

If you're paying $20 for a CD, or even $16, then you are getting ripped off - or you're in the fringes of the buying public.

Here's a link to Billboard's Top 200 albums:

Most of them list at $17.98-$19.98, to be sure. But that's just list price. Street price is typically discounted. By way of example, the average list price of the Top 10 albums is $19.18. However, the average street price for those same ten albums at is $12.91, or just over 30% off. (Note - for Ja Rule's Last Temptation, I used Amazon's price, since Walmart didn't carry it). I assume that the on-line WalMart price is moderately reflective of the price in the stores. The full table is at the end of this post, and that suggests that you should be able to get most CD's for around $14.

Average retail price at discount retailers had fallen to about $10 per disc back in 1995, prior to the implementation of the "minimum advertised pricing" scheme which the labels got tagged with. That was well below the list price. Look for that to return. You can now buy the two most popular albums in the country for less than $10 each at WalMart.


Album List Price

Up 9.84 19.98
Now 11 9.84 18.98
8 Mile 13.84 19.98
Last Temptation 13.49 18.98
Jay-Z 13.84 18.98
Matchbox 20 13.84 19.98
Audioslave 13.84 18.98
Under Construction 13.84 18.98
Let Go 13.44 17.98
Justified 13.28 18.98

Average 12.91 19.18

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