Why do some CDs on eBay have a hole punched through the barcode?

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  1. KeithH

    KeithH Lead Actor

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    I just got a sealed copy of the new The Best of Miles Davis CD for $4.99 on eBay. The CD looks exactly like the copies you would find in stores, except that there is a hole punched through the barcode. I assume this means the disc was not intended for sale in stores. Who punches the holes and why is it done? Do the record labels wholesale excess inventory and punch holes to distinguish wholesale discs as such? Are discs with holes punched defective in any way? There seems to be nothing wrong with my Miles Davis disc. I know that some discs become "cut-outs" when they are out of print, but the Miles Davis CD I bought is obviously in print. Anyone know what the deal is with holes punched through barcodes? Thanks in advance.
     
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  3. KeithH

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    Greg, thanks. It's amazing. Absolutely everything is on the Internet. Cut-outs are a pet peeve of mine, but I can live with the hole punch on the Miles Davis CD. Although I despise cut-outs, I recently lucked out with one. A record store at an outlet store had the DCC gold CD of Creedence Clearwater Revival Pendulum as a cut-out for $15. Fortunately, the saw cut was at the top, not at the side as is usually done. The cut went into the jewel case but stopped just before hitting the inserts. So I just put the disc and inserts in a new jewel case, and it looks good as new! [​IMG]
     
  4. KeithH

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    Greg, in reading through the site you referred me to, I found the following comment interesting:

     
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    I've wondered how the Columbia House / BMG contracts work too. I don't know the complete answer but there's a CD Club FAQ which had this to say:
     
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    Keith,
    "Best of" for Miles? Ew! Dude, you need to get some albums, pronto! [​IMG]
     
  7. KeithH

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    Mike, I admit that in addition to the new The Best of Miles Davis CD, I also have the following Miles Davis compilations on CD:
    * Greatest Hits
    * Love Songs
    * Ken Burns Jazz
    * Blue Miles
    * The Essential Miles Davis
    I also have The Best of Miles Davis with John Coltrane and The Best of the Miles Davis Quintet 1965-1968 coming from BMG.
    However, I also have the following Miles Davis albums on CD:
    * The Complete Birth of Cool
    * Kind Of Blue (original and remastered versions)
    * Milestones
    * Porgy And Bess
    * 'Round About Midnight
    * Sketches Of Spain
    * Quiet Nights
    * Miles Smiles
    * In A Silent Way (original and remastered versions)
    * In A Silent Way Sessions (3-CD box set)
    * Bitches Brew (original and remastered versions)
    * Black Beauty: Miles Davis At Fillmore West
    * Jazz At The Plaza
    I also have Cookin' coming from BMG. In addition, I have the following Miles SACDs:
    * 'Round About Midnight
    * Kind of Blue (stereo and multi-channel versions)
    * Sketches of Spain
    * Quiet Nights
    * Miles Smiles
    * In A Silent Way
    * Black Beauty: Miles Davis At Fillmore West
    * Jazz at the Plaza
    That's a little better, isn't it? I just want to fit in! [​IMG]
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    NP: Miles Davis Bitches Brew Remastered CD, Disc 1
     
  8. KrisM

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    I worked for Sony years ago and we had access to the Sony Music catelog and a very nice discount. Almost all of the discs I got(and I got alot) had the spine melted with what looked like a soldering iron. After just getting into SACD, do I ever miss those discount days.

    Regards
    KrisM

    NP Sopranos - Peppers and Eggs SACD
     
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    my roommate is a DJ (well was before they shut down the station) all the promo cd's came in either melted as described or punched through the barcode. Wouldn't bother me if I bought a cheap cd that way.
     
  10. KeithH

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    Mike, so you know, I picked up a used copy of the original version of the Filles de Kilimanjaro CD last night. I know the remastered version just came out, but I collect the original versions, and this CD was cheap. Now I just need to listen to it. [​IMG]
     

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