One way to bypass such a ridiculous system is to visit the local traders and manufacturers directly and talk to the owners and managements. :bigsmile: When I have time, I often do that and as little as 10-20% and as much as 70-90% discount (well, not really discount in the normal sense) is instantly done. The city of Inchon is often regarded small by South Korean standard but it still has a few million population and a lot of factories, importers, ships, planes, truck companies so most things could be done without crossing the city border ever.
Anyway, I've looked at the current prices of 16x DVD+R and 16x DVD-R media in South Korea. Lots of 16x media prices have fallen to between US$1 and US$0.5 in the recent few weeks. Now, even Mitsubishi, Sony, Ricoh, Taiyo Yuden, BeAll 16x media of Plus or Dash standard can be bought at around US$1 and under US$1 in mass quantity (like a few hundred disks shipped at once) and Taiwanese 16x media cost around US$0.5. I haven't heard of any mainland Chinese media manufacturer starting 16x DVD media volume production but they'll surely ultimately make average 16x DVD media price to OEM buyers to under US$0.2. Recent news about media price increase is simply based on group efforts to fix price which is illegal in the United States and EU but not so illegal and not even regularly regulated in some East Asian countries. If oil price were that criticical, nobody in the West should be able to buy CD-R media at under US$0.1 per disk anymore.
The good side of all this is that, finally, even LG 16x DVD burner users of GSA-4160B and GSA-4163B can now find affordable media performing at the fastest possible speeds (among the consumer PC optical drives released so far.) Whether it's better to burn That's (of Taiyo Yuden) YUDEN000T02 at 16x in DW1620 Pro or ND-3500A, or to burn CMC Mr. Data (CMC Magnetics retail brand) 16x media at 16x in GSA-4163B is another issue. It's sad that consumers (in some countries) had to wait over one year to find 16x DVD media at this price. Among the major reasons for that, without the hesitation between DVD+R(W) and DVD-R(W) standards, it would have been much earlier which immensely caused manufacturers like LG and CMC to wait and see for one or two years.