What Health Care Reform Means to This Small Business

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I started this company 7 years ago from the ground up with no capital.  We grew as our income grew. This meant that every penny was precious and every growth step was carefully calculated and difficult.

About 4 years ago I had an employee come to me and say he had a very bad tooth ache and need to remedy the situation.  His only option was to have the tooth pulled because he could not afford a root canal($150 vs. $3000).

At that time, and still to this day, we did not offer health care to our employees as the expense is just too high.    I only covered myself on a catastrophic policy, $6K deductible with no prescription benefits.  A policy that cost me about $148 per month(and I hear that it will be going up by 40% as my provider is Blue Cross).

As owner I was still paying myself a small salary at the time, I believe it was around $22000 for that year and I was by no means “living it up”.  My feeling were that any extra money should go into investing in the company or to try to provide a higher salary for employees.

I told my employee with the toothache that I could pay for half of the cost to have his tooth pulled.  This was my attempt at trying to provide some health assistance when legitimate health care was out of reach for my company.  He took me up on the offer and to this day that employee is missing that tooth.  No replacement, just a gap where the tooth once was.

Today, my company has grown to the point where I am considering providing heath care for my employees, but I still cannot justify the costs.  The current Healthcare Reform Bill has proposed tax credits that should give my business the break it needs to provide health care to not only myself, but all of my employees.

This legislation that Congress is voting on today will be the deciding factor on whether or not legitimate health care will be a realistic option for our company.  I have done what I can to support this legislation and will keep my fingers crossed.  I do want my employees to have to choose between cost and care.

As a responsible business man and someone who values my employees greatly, I cannot tell you how happy I would be to see this legislation pass.

Written by:  Brian G Fisher

for CD Replication Jewel Cases are out, printed pockets are in!

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At DVD Copycat we used to sell lots and lots of standard CDs in jewel cases.  You remember, we all had our library cases of hundreds of CDs in those little plastic boxes with a front booklet and a tray card.

I am sure you know what I am going to say next.  With the advent of digital content and sharing for music, like napster, itunes and the like, physical CD sales have dropped quite dramatically over the good old days of CDs manufacturing.  However, there is another change that is transforming the music CD manufacturing world.  Most clients now a days prefer printed cardboard pockets or fold out cardboard wallets.  There are several advantages to this packaging over the old jewel cases.

Advantage #1:  They are more eco friendly – this packaging uses all biodegradable paper and inks, unlike the plastic jewel cases that will be around for the next 1000 years in some landfill.

Advantage #2: No breaking – since the pacakging is all cardboard, there is no potential for getting a cracked case.

Advantage #3: Shipping is about 1/2 the weight of jewel cases, so if you are spending $110 to ship your5 boxes at 180 lbs of 1000 CDs across the country in jewel cases, now you can ship two boxes at 35 lbs apiece and only pay $65.  They also travel much better in suitcases(a great advantage to the traveling band).

Given all of these benefits, and really no detriments, I am surprised that the industry has not moved this way may years ago.  It is a very good thing that more and more people are thinking “green” and getting some additional benefits for their intentions.

If you have any more questions about our CD Duplication and Replication products, give us a holler at: 1-866-210-8768 or email me at brian@dvdcopycat.com.  I would be happy to discuss more.

Written by:  Brian G Fisher

Continued Price Pressure Will not Compromise CD and DVD Quality

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This has been a very interesting year so far for DVD Copycat. In Jan of 09, we saw one of the worst months we have ever had. This seemed to be an industry wide experience as clients unsure of the economic downturn had a wait and see approach for new budgets in 09. After that things picked up to a reasonable level as the Industry Giants started promoting very agressive price reductions. Our current challenge has been how to continue our high level of service while going through the pains of shrinking margins. We are steadfastly commited to the quality of our DVD and CD Duplication and Replication products and even more commited to maintaining our level of customer service. Personalized service is just words these days in marketing campaigns. Our goal is to be able to provide a level of service that makes a genuine positive impact on our client base. Over the second quarter of 09 DVD Copycat has seen some good growth which I believe is a good indicator that service and attention is still valued, even in this economy.
Our pledge to our customer base is to alway preserve our standards of quality to make a positive impact on their projects while trying to stay within reasonable industry norms for pricing on DVD, CD and Blu-ray Replication and Duplication.

For More Information take a look at our website here optical disc manufacturing.
Or give us a call at 1-866-210-8768

Written by:  Brian G Fisher

Chosing Quality over Low Cost Pays Off

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At DVD Copycat we have always put our focus on quality over price.  We are always looking to improve our service level to our customers and provide the best possible quality products to service our clients needs.  Even in these tough economic times we have seen sales increases over last years numbers.

I strongly believe that choosing a quality model over price will always give the strongest long term benefits to both our clients and our bottom line.  When choosing price over quality, there is a cascade effect on all services and products.  You cannot provide both quality and low cost.

As I have developed this business we have chosen to try to avoid the “Low Cost Provider” business model.  It is my business philosophy to provide and instill trust, expertise and quality mindedness in our workforce and customer relationships.

I have chosen this philosophy because I have found with the “Low Cost Provider” model what eventually happens to a business is that customer service and commitment suffers. As margins are cut, so is quality of work staff, enthusiasm and moral.  Carelessness and poor work result.  I’ve seen this in our industry with many companies over the past 6 years.

At DVD Copycat, we try to maintain standards of service and expertise well above the industry norm.

My point to all this is that DVD Copycat is poised to add value to our clients.  We can chase down the things you need and make sure you a being taken care of beyond the lowest common denominator of cost.  That is what I have organized our business to do.

So when choosing to Replicate your DVDs, CDs or Blu-ray Disc, you can count on DVD Copycat to provide you with the best quality out there within a reasonable cost.

For an instant quote click here or contact us at 1-866-210-8768

Written by:  Brian G Fisher

New Eco-Friendly Print Solution from DVD Duplication Company

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San Francisco, CA December 15, 2007 – DVD Copycat(http://blog.dvdcopycat.com) establishes this week a comprehensive program for Eco Friendly printing and packaging of CD and DVD products. This program will reduce print waste for all of their insert printing by 90% over their conventional printer. This addition to our green efforts continues to enhance our current program of recycling used discs, print supplies, and typical paper and plastic waste from the DVD and CD duplication process.

Because we are a concerned Bay Area DVD Duplication company, and because the owner is an avid hiker and cyclist himself, we initiated this green program to give our music, film, business, and marking clients the ability to minimize their impact on their environment.

Our ultimate goal is to reduce or recycle 95% of all of our DVD and CD duplication waste.

Written by:  Brian G Fisher
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