I’m going to be traveling for the next couple of days, and unlikely to post again before the end of the week. So, in parting, allow me to leave you with a curiosity.
Recently I’ve found that Shanghai’s pirate CD industry is beginning to favor boxes made from fiberboard laminated with a fine wood grain finish. As a child of the Seventies, this awakens something primal in me, so I’m not complaining. But it does seem curious. For example, this CD below.
Just to be clear: the “dust jacket” is behind the paneled box. My question is this: in Pirate Land, is it suddenly cheaper to source CD boxes glued together from wall panel fragments than it is to purchase plastic boxes? And if so, could this be one more sign that oil prices are starting to impact Chinese manufacturers and retailers?
After the jump, a close-up of the surprisingly fine workmanship than went into the CD packaging.