Posted: Nov 14, 2008 12:55 am |
Edited by: dale
Well, a 7" costs around $2 to manufacture, sometimes a little less, sometimes as much as $3.
for the sake of argument, lets say $1000 for a run of 500 = $2/per
If you give the band 75 copies, that ups your per-unit price a little, as 1000/425= $2.35/per
Factor in mailers ($0.61), postage ($1.85) and the unit price goes to $4.81
Add to that the inevitable promo giveaways, and you're lucky to break even at $5.00.
$6.00 is totally reasonable to me.
With mastering, labels, record pressing, getting sleeves printed outside of some cheap ass photocopy job (and if more than two colors) and poly sleeves to put them in....yeah. It's close to 3 bucks wholesale to even break even these day....then factor in the band copies, mailers, postage and promos. Also with color vinyl and what ever other extra doo-dads (inserts, stickers, buttons) there's more nickel and dimes. I don't think most labels are out to make a mad profit off releasing 7inches but wont deny there is that whole aspect of eBay geekdom/comic book nerd shit going on but that's a different tier of the whole ball of wax.