Also, Meritline had problems in the distant past but for the last year they have been reliable.
I have purchased media from a variety of retailers, and everyone I've dealt with has always shipped relatively promptly, and sent what I ordered.
Where potential problems come with retailers is when you want to return something. Often the lower the initial price of the products, the less customer service - because they have to cut corners somewhere.
So, I usually buy PC hardware from newegg.com and other hardware from Amazon - because of the good return policies.
But, if I'm going to buy $30 worth of Verbatim media in a sealed Verbatim box, nothing much matters other than price. If there is a CD problem, I can "write off" the $30, when I am saving a few dollars on all my orders at these City Of Industry stores.
Also, there are advantages to buying media at newegg, because they have customer reviews and their customers are pretty good about reporting back results - some are clueless about things like MID, but many are not - it's always comforting to have someone report two days ago that they just received their spindle and it's MCC-003 - even though one never knows which pallet the shipping guy will fill your order from. :doh: When newegg has an item on special sale, it's time to stock up !
BTW, if you value your time at, say, $10 an hour (probably way more for most), you aren't saving any money by driving to a brick-and-mortar store on the weekend, and pawing through various Sony cake boxes looking for "Made in Japan" and then standing in line to check-out (let alone the cost of gas)... :rolleyes: