"I often wonder how you can pick up a blank CD for approx £1 "
ONE POUND?!!!! Holy crap!
Here you get blank Moser Baer CDs for fourteen rupees (should be 20 pence I guess) each in a pack of ten - hundred and forty bucks, and they're cheaper if you buy in bulk packets of 30 which cost 375 bucks or 5 odd pounds.
the next time any friend / relative comes to India/Asia, ask them to get you blank CDs. Even proper marketed and official releases (like the Moser Baers I buy) seem to cost one-fifth of the cost in the UK.
btw, my CDs are the standard 700 MB / 80 mins ones. CD covers are at two rupees each.
just checked the currency rate - one pound isnt around the 70 rupees that I expected, its more like 83. so 375 bucks is 4 odd pounds.
my intention isnt to poke fun and laugh - this thing genuinely puts me off. Out here too CDs are priced at insane 350+ bucks when good blank CDs are 5% of the cost. Any wonder why so-called piracy exists here too?