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Alarming signs: Will Napster, CD-Rs and high-speed networks kill record shops?
Certain youthful CD-R users have taken to stealing empty prerecorded CD jewel cases and booklets for the records they've burned at home.
Meanwhile, some customers have taken to selling their own burned CD-Rs as used CDs. Compact Disc World's Lange won't buy them. He's also had to amend his once-liberal money-back guarantee policy. "We were seeing people with CD-Rs return 90 percent of the pre-recorded CDs they buy."
"It's no longer hip to buy a CD," says Lee. "It's extremely cool to say I got it for free. I don't have opposition to blank media. I oppose stealing and duplicating without compensating artists. That's called theft."

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