>>>Let's see, a single floppy disk is at around $0.15 here, and 4 X 0.15=
>>>$0.60, while the cheapest generic blank CD I could find here is $0.85.
>>Uhm, you are aware that we are talking mass production?
Hm --- then why are you quoting a price for a "blank CD" (actually, a CD-R),
which can only be written in a CD-writer? Because that certainly isn't how
CDs are mass-procduced?
Quote:>> I.e. floppy disks with stuff on them (putting the stuff on costs a
>> fair bit of money), compared to CDs (_NOT_ CD-Rs) that are produced
>> from a glass master....
>CDs not CD-R?
>What on earth are you trying to say?
>Make it short other than you usual BS.
CD --- a silver read-only, no write compact disc.
CD-R --- a gold or green, write-once CD-Recordable,
CD-RW --- a rewritable disc (don't know which colour, haven't seen any yet)
Quote:>>Such CDs cost less than about $0.50 per unit in qty 3000. The more you
>>need (and you were trying to make a cheap shot at MS --- how many copies
>>of Word does MS sell, IYHO?), the more units you spread the cost of the
>>glass master over.
>Even worse, if you are talking in mass production the same applies, it
>is a simple equation.
Quote:>>So, on one hand, we have $0.15 floppies that need to have something copied
>>onto them. On the other hand we have CDs that come in at way below $0.50,
>>given the quantities MS is dealing with.
>Try the above again in English.
You were comparing the price of blank floppies to the price of blank CD-Rs.
As software doesn't come on blank floppies, but on non-blank ones, you
obviously missed the cost of putting the software onto them. So in your
comparison the cost you used for floppies was too low.
As software isn't distributed on CD-Rs at all (at least not legally ;-),
but rather on CDs that were produced from a glass master in a process not
at all unlike the process that produces coke bottles, the price of blank
CD-Rs is completely irrelevant. The cost of a run of 3000 CDs is less than
$1500, and most of that cost is for the glass master --- so when we are talking
30000 CDs, it would come down to about $7000 or so. In other words, the price
you used for CDs was way too high.
Now, let's summarize: You used too low a price for floppies, and too high
a price for CDs, and the "showed" that CDs are more expensive than floppies.
I hope you understand that I am not too impressed by that argument....
Quote:>>In my world, software companies sell software on silver CDs. Are your
>>"originals" on gold or green CDs?
>And what has this to do with your stupid remark about CD's being less
>expensive than floppy disks/
Well, you were using the price of CD-Rs (green or gold) for your calculation.
The only time you get commercial software on CD-Rs is usually when some
"friend" "shared" it with you (need I be more explicit yet?).
"It's a magical world, Hobbes ol' buddy...
...let's go exploring"
Calvin's final words, on December 31st, 1995