Dont you just hate stickers on CD's that wont come off?

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The first thing I do with a new CD is use my trusty thumbnail to remove all those "$24.99" , "SPECIAL BONUS TRACKS", "special price", "ON SALE", "IMPORT" stickers off of my new purchase!. But wouldnt you know it, one or two always REFUSE TO BUDGE!.

Curse all you music outlets with your too sticky stickers!!

gazza, Sunday, 22 September 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Had to deal with a few of those today -- "Made in England" stickers, how I hate you.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 22 September 2002 01:08 (nineteen years ago) link

Tried isopropal alcohol? I hate the ones on record sleeves even worse - they TEAR the PAPER! evil!

petra jane (petra jane), Sunday, 22 September 2002 07:42 (nineteen years ago) link

YES!!! I had to deal with one yesterday on my AC/DC album that just wouldn't come off. ARGH!!!

Oops, wait, my housemate is still away on his "date". I wonder if I can play it on his big superstereo. Mwah hah hah. To make up for the person that is obsessed with Thriller.

kate, Sunday, 22 September 2002 09:31 (nineteen years ago) link

yeah I do, but sometimes I don't even bother...

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Sunday, 22 September 2002 12:06 (nineteen years ago) link

Well, um, yeah.

Mark C (Mark C), Sunday, 22 September 2002 13:12 (nineteen years ago) link

Just vinyl sleeves.. but no. I sort of accept them as PART OF EVERYTHING, y'know, the WHOLE EXPERIENCE ETC. I used to loathe them.

Andrew Thames (Andrew Thames), Sunday, 22 September 2002 13:56 (nineteen years ago) link

Toothpaste always seems to do a good job at getting label gunk off the front of CD boxes. Probably not advisable do to it with vinyl sleeves, though.

Matt DC (Matt DC), Sunday, 22 September 2002 14:05 (nineteen years ago) link

Here's my trick which works about 75% of the time.

If there's still gunk on the plastic or cardboard after you've peeled off the offending sticker, then use the just peeled sticker's sticky side to pick up the gunk by repeatedly re-making contact with the gunked plastic. This never results in more gunk and usually picks up all of the nastiness.

(Yes! you all get to benefit from my obsessive behavior!)

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 23:28 (nineteen years ago) link

Haha, I swear I'm a freak when it comes to these things. All my cases have to be spotless! Ever seen someone polishing a CD case? God I need help.

JC (JC A.), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 05:12 (nineteen years ago) link

I weep for our generation.

N. (nickdastoor), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 11:15 (nineteen years ago) link

Not nearly as much as I hate CDs which are shrinkwrapped (HMV are particularly guilty in this respect? I mean WHY? You end up virtually having to slash the bastard open with a hunting knife because the "pull" bit is clearly intended only for the paws of a malnourished dormouse.

They used to do it with vinyl as well, as I recall; run your thumb carefully down the specially serrated sleeve edges, and hey presto you suddenly have an extra thumb with scarlet/crimson finish.

Also the irritating "pull off" title stickers which you get on the top of US imports and which NEVER come off in one piece.

I mean, what's the DEAL with this shrinkwrapping DEAL?

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 25 September 2002 11:25 (nineteen years ago) link

what's the etiquette with this, though? i think we're all agreed that stickers on vinyl lp covers is always wrong but i'm not so sure about cd covers. obv, remove the '£14.99'/'****...uncut magazine'/ 'like tenaglia...muzik magazine' stickers, but, i don't know, the 'parental advisory' ones for example are cultural artifacts and 'special editions' are often just special because they've got a bump and flex remix and a sticker on them.

and re. marcello. shrinkwrapped vinyl - still sealed - is orgasmic.

michael wells (michael w.), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 11:29 (nineteen years ago) link

Lighter fuel should remove all but the most stubborn stickers.

Andrew L (Andrew L), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 11:30 (nineteen years ago) link

Leave the labels on. >value.

Pete (Pete), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 11:50 (nineteen years ago) link

Hey don't blame us Brits alone for sticker woe! It's these US imports to Europe that suck ass the most, especially those (security? barcode?) labels that are stuck across the top edge of the jewel case. You can't even get at the flamin' CD until you remove it. And do they come off in one piece, ever? Do they f**k!


zebedee, Wednesday, 25 September 2002 12:06 (nineteen years ago) link

(ha ha marcello beat me to it, but i couldn't wait to let off steam)

zebedee, Wednesday, 25 September 2002 12:09 (nineteen years ago) link

Yeah, those US sticker things are evil. If you try to open the box without removing them properly you break the front of the case, and when you get them off they instantly half-stick to everything else in your room. Grr.

The worst stickers are the ones Oxford Westgate library puts on its sale stock but that serves me right for buying all their ex-rental CDs and then realising that I don't like them and can't sell them. (Might go through all my unwanted but unsaleable cds and see if anyone on here wants them, but I'm not very good at getting round to stuff like that.)

I should try to remember to remove stickers as soon as I get cds, it's always bad getting to the second-hand record shop and deciding what you want to buy in exchange and then realising half your CDs have "Sale! 1.99" stickers on when you were hoping they'd think you'd bought them full-price.

Rebecca (reb), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 12:21 (nineteen years ago) link


N. (nickdastoor), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 12:25 (nineteen years ago) link

(N. had a bad experience with a sticker walking home from school alone one night. Personally, I think he should just stay away from this thread)

Graham (graham), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 12:29 (nineteen years ago) link


N. (nickdastoor), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 12:34 (nineteen years ago) link

Re: CDs which are shrinkwrapped

It's an extra layer of security protection in stores, to stop thieving gits steal CDs.

DJ Martian (djmartian), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 14:38 (nineteen years ago) link

Rebecca, I'll have a word with my mother and tell her to stop putting those stickers on the library cds. I suspect she'll tell me to shut up though.

alix (alix), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 14:41 (nineteen years ago) link


Nono, tell her that selling the cds on rocks and I do love them really, it's just my fault I always think, "Hey! Only three quid! I must own all of these CDs by people I've hardly even heard of now!"

Oh, and congratulate her for having found the strongest, most inlay-card-ripping glue in the universe.

(I am strangely proud that in the time between the library getting the Ligament album and me buying it from them it was taken out for the grand total of one week, by, er, me. Hmm)

Rebecca (reb), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 14:47 (nineteen years ago) link

I will congratulate her, and she will say 'what, no, I don't do the music section, silly, I do the main library' and I will say 'you led me to believe you covered the whole library, what else have you been lying to me about?'. I am always strangely impressed by the selection of cds there; it seems quite varied.

alix (alix), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 14:53 (nineteen years ago) link

This is kind of obvious, but then it took me a couple of years to figure out:
Easy way to take off the barcode sticker on top of the cd case is to take cover of cd case off by the bottom hinge, and then pull the cover from the bottom of the cd case. The sticker still doesn't usually come off in one piece, but it will get you into the case faster.

Nick A., Wednesday, 25 September 2002 15:55 (nineteen years ago) link

I don't take them off, generally. I am often pleased when pulling out an old CD or record or tape at seeing that I only paid £2.99 for it, or something like that. If they came off dead easily (as with books, almost always) I might remove them, but it doesn't trouble me.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Wednesday, 25 September 2002 19:15 (nineteen years ago) link

My favorite- buy CDs online, they come shrinkwrapped (argh) with the security stickers across the top under the shrinkwrap (AAARRRGGHHHHH!!). I always snap the hinges of the cases trying to pull it open a bit to tear the sticker. Sadly, I've discovered a cure for this problem, but it's far too expensive: CDs. No shrinkwrap, no security stickers on most of them! If only there was free international shipping, and the exchange rate wasn't so expensive....

lyra (lyra), Thursday, 26 September 2002 04:19 (nineteen years ago) link

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