« on: February 21, 2011, 01:08:35 AM »
I don't have any problem with jewel cases, except one : their weight increases shipping prices in mailorders. So I always try to get my CDs sent without jewel cases. And when I sell parts of my collection on Discogs, I mostly send without jewel cases, so I have enough replacement cases.
I particularly like the cases with the transparent plastic, where you see the inside of the back artwork. I don't like the "old style" with the black opaque plastic though.
It's true that with the cases, CDs tend to take quite a lot of space, especially if your collection grows and grows. But puting them into bags.... meeeeh, I can't imagine that for my collection. For me that would be nearly as bad as a download release.... this may sound esoteric, but much of the charme would be lost.
For space saving, digipaks are an alternative, or those thin... "cardboard sleeve" as they call them, although I find that CDs tend to get scratches if you put them in and take them out often...