Thursday, October 14, 2021

Why doesn't TrepStar offer dual layer 8.5GB DVDs?

TrepStar does not offer dual layer DVDs (DVD-9 8.5GB). Even the best blank dual layer media (as of this writing 10/14/21) often fails during the burn of dual layer discs. 

Our research shows that up to 20% of the burns are bad, and a fair percentage of DVD players are incompatible with even the best burned dual layer discs. This is why we do not offer them. It would cause too many support issues and costs for us, as well as refund requests from your customers. 

We suggest you re-author your DVD into two discs, or use compression software to fit your larger source DVD onto the single layer DVD-5 (4.7GB) DVDs that we offer. 

You might want to consider purchasing 1Click DVD Copy PRO. We do not receive any affiliate commission or money from 1Click. We've worked with them before and we trust their software and their company.

Another option is to re-author your DVD and set the video bitrate so it will fit on a single layer DVD-5 (4.7GB).

For example, the free DVDStyler DVD authoring software lets you change the video bitrate. By changing the video bitrate you can put more than 126 minutes but quality will go down. 

In the DVDStyler help section  you can read "On one single layer DVD (4.7 GB) can be stored up to 126 minutes of video in good quality (Video bitrate ? 4.5 MB/s). If you selected 'Auto' as video quality in new-project dialog, it is also possible to put more than 126 minutes but quality of video will be automatically reduced."

Most likely, regardless of which DVD authoring software you use, there should be a way to adjust the video bitrate such that it will fit to a single layer DVD.  Otherwise, you'll have to split the discs up into two single layer DVDs.

TrepStar does not offer bluray either.  There is too much data.  Uploading, downloading and storing 25GB files is not something we find economically viable.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Amazon MOD DVD/CD service closing

Several new and recent TrepStar publishers have confirmed that Amazon is closing down it's CD/DVD MOD (media on demand) service.   

TrepStar is actually a lower cost option.  Create a free CD/DVD project within your FREE TrepStar account.  Order copies of your product at low wholesale prices (we don't take a percentage of your retail price like Amazon).  

Create a FREE TrepStar CD/DVD/USB account here:

Read more about Amazon MOD CD/DVD service closing here

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Value Added Tax (VAT) of 20% required for UK customers

Last update to this document: 11/9/21

TrepStar WILL ship to the UK.  Please provide your valid UK VAT ID# if you have one:

As of 11/9/21, we've learned that we can ship product to the UK without a VAD TAX ID# for publishers that sell below £85,000 worth of product each year to UK customers.   This means most (if not all) publishers do not need to provide the UK VAT TAX ID#.  If you have one, please use it (see how to configure it below). 

For sellers that sell more than £85,000 per year, you would be required to provide the UK VAT TAX ID# (see how to configure your TrepStar account below).

Starting early this year (2021), the UK government is now requiring a 20% value added tax (VAT) to be collected from the sender (not the recipient) before they will accept any packages from the USA.  This is part of the new BREXIT rules.  

In the past, the recipient would pay any VAT tax.  Now, the UK is requiring  the seller (you) to collect the VAT in advance, account for it, fill out Tax forms, and submit payments to the UK on a quarterly basis.  There is news that the EU will start doing this in July of 2021. 

The United Kingdom (UK) are countries in Great Britain: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. 

IF you have the UK VAT ID#, within your TrepStar Dashboard, choose the blue 'Account Settings' button. Scroll to the bottom to find a section where you can place a UK VAT TAX ID#

If you apply and receive your UK VAT TAX ID# save it within the Account Settings.  It may be possible some  merchant/shopping cart systems may provide their ID# to you, but we're not sure if this will work (or if this is true).

When orders for the UK come through, we will be able to print that VAT TAX ID# on the postage/customs forms.  We are not sure how this will work yet, but we will be monitoring the system. 

VAT and other countries:

2/1/21: Australia: 

If you have a code that shows tax was paid for your Australia customers, you can try placing it directly on the address.  For example, eBay collects the VAT for AU and your receipts may include this paid code.  Example:

John Smith
ABN#64653316681 Code:PAID
372 James Avenue
Hallam, VIC 3803

Additional Resources:

Here is a good article describing these UK VAT requirements from the site

Are you frustrated by this type of government regulation and overstep? Read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.  It may change your life for the better. cdDVDfulfillment FAQ Help and Search

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