Always somebody ready to shit on CDR - no, you're right, I don't want anything unique looking in my record collection, give me all the same glossy slop that comes with a dollar bin. So much better than something handmade.
Well, but saying "people always shit on X" isn't a real objection to anything? (If it were, it would be a perfectly good defense of George W. Bush...) The way to object is to point out a relevant difference between the two things being compared... ... Or to point to an overriding reason that justifies CDR practices. And, like i said, i'm not trying to badmouth CDR - i'm just wondering if they really do make manufactured collectibles (i'm fine with the answer being "no"), and if they do, is doing so a bad thing (i'm fine with the answer being "no").
Look, i took it that the problem with manufactured collectibles is that it seems to take the focus off the music, and more on the "baseball geek-out" features, which are irrelevant to the music. You can focus on whether the packaging is glossy or handmade - but I took it that a lot of people could've cared less about how their record collection LOOKED, as long as the music was good.
Maybe the idea is that enticing people with extra unique features is good because it gets them to listen to music they would have otherwise not have listened to - and you think thats a good thing. That's a potentially good reason to think that CDR is justified in selling such records with the extra collectors features.
But make THAT argument. Don't give me that irrelevant "oh, everyone shits on CDR" nonsense. Your making CDR look bad by justifying it with the "My record collection looks pretty" argument.