Manufactures of popular writable CD's have announced that the prices will jump this summer by as much as three times their current rates.
The currently low prices are due in part to a price war among the many producers of the CD-R's. However, many of the manufacturers have already gone bankrupt, and the increasing demand and materials shortage will cause the jump in prices.
There is no need for customers to panic, though. "The price increase should only affect consumers incrementally--probably less than $1 more for 50 CDs," an analyst said. "Resellers and distributors are likely to feel the effects more dramatically."