Its getting difficult to tell what you are actually getting here in the USA and you cannot go by brand names anymore. It appears that all of brand names in B&Ms [including Verbatim] are selling junk!!!
I know what you mean, it’s like that here too these days - I have to say all my Maxells, be they “regular” CDRs or the Music discs, have been Ritek, although they may well be using CMC for those now as well. I could have been just lucky.
Good tips from Jim , so hopefully something for you to follow up. If no joy there, then the best thing maybe the Meritline/SMS links Jim also posted.