Midnight Oil

[Powderworks] Oils "Longboxes"

Beth Curran bcurran at columbus.rr.com
Thu Dec 30 11:03:21 MST 2004

Wow, does this take me back!  the first CDs were packaged as Chris said, in 
chipboard outer containers about twice as long as the CD case.  They were 
packaged like that for 3 reasons:  so they'd be visible in the bins that fit 
vinyl, so you could still see the cover art (people bitched about the CDs 
being so small they couldn't see the pictures) and to make them larger and 
therefore harder to steal.  I distinctly remember reading that the Oils were 
instrumental in convincing CD manufacturers to stop using the longboxes, on 
the grounds that they were environmentally wasteful.  Back then I was still 
reading Rolling Stone on a regular basis, so I bet that's where I read it. 
Does anybody else remember this? - Beth

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Chris Nelson" <sporto219 at worldnet.att.net>
To: "Powderworks Mailing List" <powderworks at cs-lists.cs.colorado.edu>
Sent: Thursday, December 30, 2004 9:52 AM
Subject: Re: [Powderworks] Oils "Longboxes"

> To my recollection, the long box was just exterior packaging used to hold
> CDs in jewel cases.  The longer box was needed to display the then new CDs
> in the old bins that previously held vinyl albums in the record stores.
> As the e-bay ad mentions, people usually just discarded the longbox
> packaging after opening the CD.
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Stephan Jänsch" <stephan.jaensch at gmx.net>
> currently there are a couple of Oils "Longboxes", special CD issues,  on
> e-bay, e.g.:
> http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=307&item=4063864138&r
> d=1
> Does anybody own one of these? What else is special about them besides the
> size (e.g. booklet, design) and are they worth collecting?
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