I had an interesting experience finding these bits -- the first Google
page with more advertising than links!
This is Canadian and old, but it seems to agree with my numbers...
Table 14: Breakdown of Average CD Sales Dollar
- Major Labels, 1993
Foreign Lease Master Cdn. Major
per unit per unit
Retail Price 16.00 16.00
Markup 4.90 4.90
Retail Cost 11.10 11.10
Distribution .55 .55
Mechanical to Publisher .20 .20
Mechanical to Author/Composer .40 .40
Lease Fee/Royalty 3.30 2.003
Marketing & Promotion 1.10 3.00
Recording & Video Costs .00 Note 4
Manufacturing2 2.20 2.00
Bad Debts and Obsolete Inventory .55 .55
Contribution to Admin, A&R and Profit 2.80 NA
1. The Majors' cost breakdown estimates are based on our discussions with Major labels.
2. Manufacturing includes pressing, graphics and packaging.
3. Subject to recoupment.
4. Not normally calculated on a per unit base, as discussed in Table 15.
-- f.a.n.finch firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com SHANNON: SOUTHWESTERLY 4 OR 5, OCCASIONALLY 6, INCREASING 7 FOR A TIME IN FAR SOUTH. RAIN OR SHOWERS. MODERATE OR GOOD.
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