I have just received, from an on-line seller, a copy of the new Abbado recording of Fidelio. And I am appalled at the cheap and nasty, totally inadequate packaging. It is not a plastic jewel case as was once used, nor even a cardboard box, but little more than an thin cardboard envelope. Utterly unsuitable for being posted and yet I suppose that a majority of CDs purchased these days are bought on-line and will thus travel to the buyer by post. I don't hold either the on-line retailer nor the postal service responsible for the condition in which my copy arrived. The recording doubtless cost a fortune to make and yet the end product does not, apparently, deserve qualty marketing. Yes, I know one doesn't play the packaging - but to have a proper container in which to keep the recording for years to come I cannot but think collectors would be prepared to pay whatever small increase in price might be involved. Perhaps the recording company is trying to discourage any form of purchase other than down-loading from the web?