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Price codes

What is a price code?

A price code is a kind of code which is sometimes present on releases issued in Europe. The price code is not a catalogue number nor distribution number. It is a certain code that helps define a CD price. Back in 1980s, shops and distributors used their catalogue guide to establish price for a given disc. Price codes eliminate mistakes and helps establish an origin of a CD distributor.

Price codes often consists of two letters and three digits i.e. WE 835. "WE" is a prefix from WEA, the record label. An example of this code is presented below.

Phil Collins - Hello, I Must Be Going! Price code, WE 835 Phil Collins - Face Value. Price code WE 835