[QUOTE=ftlion;2140140]Located in Los Angeles, and surprisingly few stores carrying verbatim media[/QUOTE]
These days, Verbatim is mainly available at Best Buy and OfficeMax. Office Depot used to carry them, but stopped about two years ago. CompUSA is no longer in business, so that took them out of the picture (they were beginning to carry a select few kinds of Verbatim, just before they collapsed).
As to the other issue, the reason why we have detailed labeling for food, chemical, and other products is because of health and safety reasons, which has broad support. Detailed labeling for non-health or non-safety related issues such as “quality” is too subjective, and there could even be legal issues that prevent disclosure of certain facts regarding the manufacturer of technology or electronics products. The only thing manufacturer’s have to guarantee are that products are built to standard electrical and safety laws, and that the product “works” for it’s intended purpose. If you don’t like what a particular company is selling, then return it and stop buying that brand. Return policies, warranties, and various consumer laws are already in place to protect you against any of these issues, plus, as you have done, if you’re really interested in knowing what is what, you do some research on a site like this.
I’m not a laissez-faire capitalist by any stretch of the imagination, and I sympathize with what you are proposing, but unless we get some kind of upswell of general populace anger about the issue, it’s not going to happen.