I am sure this must have been covered but I my feelings are strong enough to repeat it:
With the uncertainty of media these days I feel a good retailer should post media codes on their website. My last order was for a bunch of Prodisk S03’s and I chose SuperMedia over Meritline because they listed the media code and I knew from fellow burn freaks that I had a good chance of being happy with those disks. For the U.S. market, Meritline has fine prices and shipping times that beat the pants off most suppliers but I switched because I follow these threads and had a firm idea what I wanted and a “Works in many drives” moniker on a website is just not enough anymore when brands we have come to like have changed manufacturers or suppliers and buying media becomes a roll of the dice.
My humble request is that if you have a supplier that lists media codes before a sale then drop them a note thanking them for that consideration. If your supplier doesn’t, like Meritline, urge them to do so. Ask them would they rather sell a 25 pack to whomever draws the short straw (let’s get Mikey - He’ll burn anything) to test a batch for compatibility or changes - or large orders for media we know WILL work in our drives. Most retailers get these disks in crates then repack them in cakebox’s or whatever. I don’t think taking a sample of the stock and running them through a reader would take that much time.
I know media codes aren’t the answer as there have been some reported forgeries but it’s much better than going by color, brand or packaging alone.
We should be a force to be reckoned with and treated as intelligent consumers.