At a time when record sales have decreased dramatically due to
downloading the thought of a business thriving off of CD and even
cassette sales seems almost absurd, but a business owner in Los Angeles
had made what may seem like the impossible possible.
Pack Central, a mail order company owned by Bob Paris, has earned
over one million dollars annually for the past few years in CD and
cassette sales from its bi-annual catalogue which is sent to prisoners.
are able to purchase music from Pack Central through a trust account
that is created on their behalf by family members who fund the account
and Paris is reaping the benefits.
“I have dodged every conventional bullet that has hit most music retailers,” the Pack Central owner told the New York Times. “I don’t have to worry about
downloading, legal or illegally. The beauty of it is that prisoners
don’t have Internet access and never will.“
Since CDs are banned in most prisons, cassette’s make up 60% of Pack Central‘s unit sales and for the past five years Paris
has been stocking up on them.
“People thought I was nuts when I invested tons of money in analog prerecorded music on tape,” Paris shared.