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CD Audio versus Data rip-off at London Drugs · 11.12.06 by colin newell

London Drugs Victoria CD-R Rip offsI have been working on an audio project benefiting the Duncan B.C. Food bank.

Using MY own materials, equipment and audio sources.

To benefit the hungry.

Seems to be working…


That I bought a 30-unit spindle of CDs at London Drugs.
For 13 dollars (amongst other things because it is impossible to shop at London Drugs and get out for less than 50$

Anyhow. Checked the bill when I got out:
13$ for 30 blank CDs.
PLUS 23$ for “Audio Levy”

Apparently the CD label has the word “audio” on it as opposed to “data” – it is all in the label you know.

And the money-hit on each unit was77 cents for each CD because it has “Audio” printed on it.

My mistake.
London Drugs, Victoria’s BAD.

Now I have to brave the weather and go back.
And then go somewhere where I wont get ripped off.

Because, you know… It is food out of peoples mouthes.

  1. The last time I purchased a spindle at Zellers, they were not charging the levy (or if they were, it was included). LD is the only place that consistently adds the obscene levy.

    Cheryl    Dec 17, 09:26 pm    #
  2. Thanks – the normally helpful RadioShack(the Source) staff were quite verbose about this and gave a great explanation: LD is, in a sense, out of line passing along this charge (especially to this extent…) as it is the Government of Canada that tacks on a charge to the manufacturers directly — which begs the question: Why is LONDON DRUGS attaching these absurd charges on top of a media that is almost dirt cheap now? Another example of the insanity is: They charge 77 cents a pop for media labelled “Audio” and 21 cents for “Data” — and there is NO difference in the product. None.

    colin (the editor)    Dec 18, 05:53 pm    #

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