With the cost of CD duplication equipment falling over the past few years, it has now become an affordable reality for even small businesses. For around a few thousand dollars you can buy your own semi-professional CD duplication and printing equipment. If you only need to do small runs of 10 to 50 then this equipment is more than adequate. Business is good until you receive an emergency order requesting 1000 CDs by the next afternoon for a large mail out. Or what if your client asks for the exact reproduction of their corporations brand colors? Ink jets usually arent equipped to handle that kind of job, so it may be time to call for the services of a professional CD duplication company. At high volumes, the cost of outsourcing the work is probably on par with running the job in-house because of the economies of scale that larger duplication facilities benefit from. Lead times are shorter (most professional CD duplicators can turnaround an order in a day or twp) and the print quality is much better too. There are lots of these companies around, so it makes sense to make use of them. Because of the rapid expansion of the internet, many of these duplication companies advertise online. The intense competition often leads to some large advertised discounts. Since costs are probably being cut somewhere by a company that offers the lowest deals, it would be wise to ask for a sample. Not only does this give you a good idea about the quality of the work, you will get an idea of the kind of customer service you will receive. The duplication facility will need you to provide a template containing the artwork. Most suppliers place available downloads on their websites. Be sure to submit the any desired fonts, converted into outlines if possible. High resolution PDF or EPS are the preferred file formats. If this is too confusing, the professional CD duplication companys artwork department can often guide you through the process for an additional reproduction charge. CD duplication companies are experts in the field of reproduction, and thats what they do. It should therefore be noted that they will most likely not check the material on the master you send them. If you are duplicating an audio CD, be careful not to send them a data CD containing WAV or MP3 files. Quicktime or WMV files are also often sent instead of DVD video discs. It is always a good idea to check the master before sending it out to be duplicated. The duplication company will assume you have already done so.