$100 An Hour Simply Duplicating Tapes
by Wang Lee

Audiotapes and videocassettes are as common as books right now, and there is an expanding need for reproduction services. Businesses are the most frequent users of these audiotape/videotape duplication services. The business world is making heavy use of duplicates of tapes of conferences, business meetings, speeches, in-house seminars and workshops. You may also find yourself copying promotional tapes or sales videos.

Beyond the business world there's an ever-expanding number of opportunities for tape duplication. Audio book publishers use tape duplicating services. Musicians need promotional tapes of their work. Travel companies often want videos of the trips they offer. Parents want copies of their home movies to send to the grandparents. With more than seventy percent of the households in the United States having videocassette recorders, there is a large market for tapes of all kinds.

In the videocassette world, the VHS format now dominates the market. The basic equipment to do the job cost less than two thousand dollars, and with some looking around you might find it as low as thousand dollars for good used equipment. The quality of your transfers will be important.

Duplicating audiotapes will yield one to three dollars apiece. Videotape copying services can be offered at five to ten dollars an hour. If you have several machines in operation, you can see that you can make hundreds of dollars an hour.

Keep away from Illegally duplicating any tapes, for example, copyrighted movies or audiotapes. Movie studios and other film producers keep a vigilant eye out for such piracy and they prosecute any counterfeiters they uncover.

If you really enjoy this field, you may hire out to do the original recordings, and then do the duplication, too. This will be more expensive and require more expertise, so you may want to plan it for a future goal as your business uncover.

If you really enjoy this field, you may hire out to do the original recordings, and then do the duplication, too. This will be more expensive and require more expertise so you may want to plan it for a future goal as your business grows.

If you don't have all the equipment you need to handle some of the jobs you're being offered, you may make use of larger services to do the work and add a broker's fee to the cost.



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